posted on March 25, 2019 by sharoncullen

The Realities Of Writing

How I car write

I don’t know about you, but before I was an author, my idea of what authors did all day was so far removed from what really happens on a day to day basis.

I will preface this by saying that I also have a full-time 9-5 job Monday through Friday on top of my writing career. I average 2-3 books per year. Again, I thought authors wrote way more books than that during a year, but 2-3 books keeps me very busy.

My typical day starts at 5:30am with a trip to the gym until about 7am. Rush home, hop in the shower and get ready for work. But, believe it or not, the shower is one of my best thinking places. I can’t tell you how many books I have plotted in the shower and how many plot points I have worked out in the shower.

My “desk”

I can’t get much thinking and plotting done while at work, but lunchtime is writing time. I grab my laptop and head out. If it’s even somewhat warm I drive to the nearest park, open the laptop and write a few scenes.

Car writing is some of the best writing ever. There is no WIFI to distract, no kids, no husbands, no dogs, no ringing phones, no TV. It’s just me in my quiet car and the words flowing. I get more accomplished in that hour than I do at any other time during the day.

After dinner and dog walking, I’m back to writing. This writing is not as intense as my lunch hour writing because there are DISTRACTIONS.

I think the funniest thing about this is where I write. I don’t have an office. I don’t even have a desk. I have a small bookcase in the basement where I keep research books. I guess you could say I’m very low maintenance. Have laptop, will travel? That’s me.

Here is a picture of my “desk”. Yes, it’s a recliner. I mean it’s very comfortable! And look at my view! (just kidding. I live in Ohio, nowhere near the ocean. But I would love for that to be my view every day!).

I guess what I’m trying to say through all of these ramblings is that you don’t need an office, you don’t need a desk or a desk chair. You don’t even really need a laptop (although at some point you’ll need to get your novel into some sort of document). All you need is a really, good plot and the burning drive to put words to paper. If you have that, you can write anywhere.

Happy writing wherever it is you write!

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AN UNWILLING EARL

Jacob Ashland’s life has taken an unexpected turn. He’s now the Earl of Ashland and expected to marry. But he’s done that before and had his heart ripped from his chest. When Charlotte shows up at his door needing protection, he offers to marry her––in name-only.

Charlotte, an orphan, suspects her sinister cousin of terrorizing London. When her maid disappears, she fears for her own life and runs away. Lord Ashland offers marriage, and it’s the perfect solution. But it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for her new husband.

Unfortunately, he won’t allow himself to love anyone ever again. And she knows her dark secret could destroy everything.

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Sharon Cullen

Sharon Cullen

After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn't until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she's been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and historical romance. Sharon's other job descriptions include chauffeur, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach. If you'd like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her website. She's addicted to social networking so you can find her onFacebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She'd love to hang out with you and talk about her passion---books.

http://sharoncullen.net

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