When I started writing novels in my mid-forties, I began the journey with several clear understandings about how I work. As an executive, my efficiency had depended upon particular features of my temperament I assumed were enduring. As a writer, I tried to apply those same aspects to my new career.
- I don’t like to multi-task. I hyper-focus on things and grind it out until it’s done. No breaks, no stops, no rest for the weary.
- I get more accomplished by hyper-focus thing then I would taking breaks or jumping from task to task. Nose to the grindstone, that’s me.
- I like deep focusing on one thing. Write one series at a time, live in it, know it backward and forward. No distractions.
- I write better at night.
- I crave deadlines.
Understanding that this was who I was, and this is how I worked for years, this is how I started my writing career.