I like to write first thing in the morning when my mind is fresh. Most days I write one to two hours before starting work at my “day job.”
I also write at twilight. I sit by my west-facing window and am inspired by the dramatic post-sunset skies.
I’ve made a pretty decent living writing nonfiction over the past two decades. I’ve also written a lot of fiction, but thank God I didn’t need to support myself with it. Most of it—short stories and early attempts at novels—shall never see the light of day. Heck, I don’t even like it to see the dark of night.
I feel much better about my more recent novels: Halloween Knight, completed in December 2014; and The Player Guitar, completed in December of 2015. Halloween Knight required extensive rewriting to get it polished. The Player Guitar required a solid second pass and then two polishing passes and that was it. So I think I’m getting better at this.
As I write this in December of 2015, I’m looking forward to starting my next project after the holidays. What will it be? I don’t know yet. I have an overstuffed ideas folder that needs going through first. I’ll probably spend the rest of December doing exactly that, and maybe playing with some “set dressing” as I try on one or two of the ideas to see how they fit.
I plan to leave Halloween Knight on the shelf for a while as, deep down, I feel it needs another rewrite. However, as I’m trying on ideas for my next project, I’ll also be pitching The Player Guitar to some of my favorite literary agents. I feel really good about this novel and would love to find a home for it.