This is a recommendation.
Dan doesn’t know me and I’m not getting any kickbacks.
This is just a really great podcast and you should check it out.
This is the first thing I listen to on a Saturday morning when I’m fixing breakfast.
The format quickly becomes familiar and I defy you not to shout out ‘I do that’ at a similarity in routine, like you would shouting out ‘snap’ in the card game.
He starts by getting the writer to describe their writing place surroundings and then ask for clues about their current projects.
– standing desk, books, posters/paintings, pantser so all plotting in my head, notebook, music, and a timer . . .
This is followed up, generally, by a revealing of their working day.
– lots of promises of a better routine but generally write during the evening, use of a timer, minimum word count, lots of dog interruptions . . .
Plotting, characterisation, ideas, and all sorts of other nuggets – like the business of writing – come out of their conversation.
– pantser so often the characters know before the plot before me . . .ideas will be a character or piece of dialogue or a mood from a piece of music . . .
There is quite a back catalogue of episodes now, so plenty to get yourself into.
I don’t believe that copying another writer’s routine will ‘channel’ their success, but I definitely come away from these episodes with a sense of ‘maybe I’m not doing too badly after all’.
When you share a number of habits with writer’s you admire, or even have never heard of before, you gain that sense of community which often is missing in what is, on the whole, still a fairly solitary profession. Especially, if you aren’t even published yet.