We’re beyond thrilled that one of our all-time favorite authors, the fab Claire Cook, took time out of her uber-busy schedule to participate in International Chick Lit Month. (Hello! Her novel, SEVEN YEAR SWITCH was just released in paperback and and her highly anticipated eighth book, BEST STAGED PLANS will be out on June 7th!) Claire’s giving us the inside scoop on a very apropos subject- her busy life. And just exactly how she finds the time to write (we can all take a cue from her on this one).
Update: CONGRATS TO NINA PRIDDY! She won a copy of Seven Year Switch! Thanks to all who commented! And don’t miss out on Claire’s pre-order giveaway with prizes including a Kindle, a Nook and a beach bag full of books! Get the deets here!
And now, without further adieu, INTERNATIONAL CHICK LIT MONTH PRESENTS…CLAIRE COOK
I wrote my first novel in my minivan in the parking lot outside my daughter’s swim practice at 5 AM, so I think I’m the poster child for the fact that no matter how busy you are there is always a way to find the time to write.
That being said, I’ve known I wanted to be a novelist since I was a child, and I was forty-five when I finally did it! The truth is that every single day presents you with a really good reason not to get your writing done- your house, your kids, your roots.
So this is how I do it. When I’m writing a novel, I write two pages a day, seven days a week. My deal with myself is that I’m not allowed to go to sleep until I finish them. No matter what is or isn’t happening in my life, I can find a way to write two pages. I have to paint myself into a corner so I don’t cheat- I write the page numbers down on a calendar so I know on a given day that I have to write say pages 131 and 132. I can finish a draft in five months this way.
It might be a carryover from my swim mom days, but I write early in the morning before the rest of the world wakes up. And I don’t allow myself to check email, Facebook, or Twitter before I start writing- they’re my reward for finishing my pages!
Claire Cook is the bestselling author of eight novels, including MUST LOVE DOGS, which was made into a feature film starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, SEVEN YEAR SWITCH, and the upcoming BEST STAGED PLANS, everywhere June 7.
And don’t forget to go to Claire’s website to enter Claire’s BEST STAGED PLANS pre-order giveaway to win a Kindle, a Nook, or a beach bag of books! And find her (after her pages are done!) at Facebook and Twitter.