Day in the life of
Fantasy Author – S.G. Prince
I’m a fantasy author.
I usually wake up early (around 5 a.m.) and head downstairs to the kitchen for my morning coffee and writing time. (Somewhat unusually, I write while standing at my kitchen counter. There’s no good reason for this; it’s just something I’ve always done).
These morning hours are typically the best, most productive hours of my day. When I’m drafting a novel, I’ll concentrate on upping my manuscript word count, fixing plot points, smoothing my pacing, etc. If I’m editing a novel (which happens later in the book-writing process), I’ll focus more on adding details, improving my prose, or hunting for inconsistencies.
I’ll take a break around 11 a.m. for lunch and a workout (both of which I try not to skip, but if I’m really deep in a writing hole, I sometimes can’t help it), then head back to the kitchen for more writing. I’ll work until my brain starts to turn sloppy, which usually takes me to about 3 or 4 p.m.
On the outside, being a fantasy author involves a lot of sitting around on the computer. It likely doesn’t seem like much is happening, but really, worlds are being built.
The pros are that I absolutely adore what I do. I’m a free agent. I set my schedule, rule my own day. Luckily, that suits me, and I’m good at it.
The main con is that it’s a solo endeavor, which can sometimes feel isolating. I think you have to be a particular kind of person to become an author, and especially a fantasy author.
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