Please welcome Jaye Peaches to the continuing discussion of productivity.
Celeste Jones: Are you a full time or part time writer?
Celeste Jones: What other responsibilities do you have to juggle along with writing? Children? Aging parents? Exercise? A disturbing number of pets? Critiquing for other writers?
Jaye: kids (5&9) and volunteering locally takes up a few hours each week.
Celeste Jones: Do you have a set schedule for when you write? If so, what is it?
Jaye: School hours and evenings, except when I’m shopping, running errands….
Celeste Jones: Do you have particular productivity goals for each day or week or just go for it?
Jaye: No short term goals. I’ve always switched between tasks. A legacy of my previous career. I like to have several things on the go at once – including non-erotica work which is done openly under my real name and is something that I share with family and friends. I have long term goals, ie Q2 these 2 books will be published.
Celeste Jones: What is a typical day (if such a thing exists) like for you?
Jaye: Drink tea. Then catch up on blogs – I have a personal anon blog. If I’m in a creative mood I write, if I feel unimaginative I edit an existing book. When I’m in full flow I hate to be interrupted which is hard when it coincides with picking kids up from school etc. I have music on too, especially classical then I don’t get distracted by lyrics.
Celeste Jones: Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Jaye: Yes. Always. They feed off each other. Something I write in one will fire up ideas in another. This is even true of my non-erotic work, even though the genre is different.
Celeste Jones: Do you use any special writing programs like Write or Die?
Jaye: Word. I would be interested to know about specialist software from other authors.
Celeste Jones: What about promotion? Do you have particular time when you visit blogs or use other social media? How do you monitor your time?
Jaye: I’m weak here as I’m new to promoting. I would like to schedule my time better on this and learn how to engage with readers as well as other writers. I’m not a marketing person and don’t like drawing attention to myself. My books, yes, me the author, no.
Celeste Jones: What about your blog? Do you have a set schedule or just blog when the mood strikes you?
Jaye: If it is a blog hop I will work to the deadline. At the moment it is by mood and I might write several posts in one day and schedule them over the coming weeks.
Celeste Jones: What tips or pointers do you have to share to help others be more productive?
Jaye: Creativity comes at the strangest moments. I compose music too and often I compose when I’m sad, but write when I’m happy. Don’t judge productivity by output. A few hundred well written words are worth far more than a few thousand rubbish ones. My muse packs up sometimes and getting going again might mean doing something completely different. Go for a walk, bake, research some background for a plot. Don’t compare to others. Writing is a fluid process.
Celeste Jones: What books are you working on now? What are your goals for 2014?
Jaye: I’ve just submitted one to a publisher. Another is half written and another is in outline. 7 are in draft for self-publishing. I have short stories written that could be turned into books. I also have one vanilla book which is my main goal for the year. This one will take priority second half of the year.
Celeste Jones: Anything else you’d like to share?
Jaye: I have a private blog where I write ideas for my vanilla book. I share this with a few friends/family. It is like having beta readers as you go. Each post is a snippet rather than trying to write chronologically. Eventually I stick them together and edit into chapters. It has really helped plan the book and see where I want to take the characters.
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Newest Release: Taught To Serve
Though she is both beautiful and intelligent, Casey has bounced from one job to another as a result of her failure to truly apply herself. As she sits on a park bench crying after yet another dismissal, things show no sign of changing anytime soon… until a passing stranger sees the tears in her eyes and comes to her rescue. The handsome, smartly dressed man by the name of Robert informs her that he is in need of a personal assistant and she might be a good fit.
Casey soon learns that her new boss will be a demanding one, and insufficient attention to detail will earn her a trip over his knee for a bare bottom spanking. To her surprise, Rob’s firm discipline only increases her attraction to him, and their relationship quickly grows into a passionate romance. She finds that Rob can be just as firm a boyfriend as he is a boss, but even as he teaches her to submit to him completely he also shows her pleasure—and love—beyond anything she has known before.