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Elle James’s a Writer’s Life
Monday, June 30th, 2014

I have a new book out tomorrow and I’m in the midst of editing two others. So many readers and writers often ask what my writing process looks like. I like to think I treat my writing like a job. The truth is that sometimes I’m ordered and in control. At other times (most of the time) I’m in deadline hell and working impossible schedules to get the work done. Here’s a comparison between what my daily schedule should be and what it actually is.

7:00 – Rise and Shine!
7:15 – Breakfast
7:30 – Workout
8:30-12:00 – Writing
12:00-1:00 – lunch
1:00 – 5:30 – Writing
5:30-6:30 – Promo and misc

The above schedule is what it should look like. This is what it actually looks like:

7:00 – Drag myself out of bed
7:15-8:00 Breakfast
8:30-9:30 Workout with my neighbor if we don’t wimp out
9:30am -9:30pm

  • Stare at the screen and wonder why I’m a writer because no words are coming out.
  • Piddle at writing while checking FB or emails incessantly.
  • Update my websites, make new cover art for my indie published books.
  • Review audio books for content, errors, or enjoyment.
  • Fill out art fact sheets for the books in production, draft proposals for future books to keep Elle James and Myla Jackson on my publishers’ schedules.
  • Draft proposals for conference workshops.
  • Make artwork for swag and surf for the best swag out there to take to conferences.
  • Post to FB, blog, twitter. Format books for indie publishing.
  • Bang head against desk when battery backup crashes and you’re forced to pull desk apart to install a new one.
  • Wonder where the day went and you still haven’t written a word.
  • Interruptions by family by phone or dropping into my office
  • Interruptions by family by phone or dropping into my office
  • Interruptions by family by phone or dropping into my office

9:30-10:15 – shower and prepare for next day
10:30 – Big Bang Theory – Sit in shell-shocked silence after a day of intense insanity


Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Adair Legacy Book #4



The Adair legacy concludes with a shocking revelation… 

Kidnapped and held captive for weeks, Shelby O’Hara is grateful to be rescued by handsome secret service agent Daniel Henderson. But the rebellious beauty balks at his 24/7 protection until she learns the shocking secret of why she was abducted: she’s the granddaughter of the former U.S. vice president, a woman with lethal opponents in a deadly political game.

To elude those enemies, Daniel and Shelby go on the run, although they are constantly at each other’s throats…until the fighting stops with a torrid kiss. Suddenly, Shelby doesn’t feel so safe. From the bad guys, maybe, but from Daniel? He’s a clear and present danger to her heart!

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Elle James’s Bio: Elle James spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. She has 39 works with Harlequin, self published works under pen name Elle James, over 40 works with other publishers including Samhain, Elloras’ Cave, Kensington and Avon and 18 works self-published under pen name Myla Jackson. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

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4 comments to “Elle James’s a Writer’s Life”

  1. ronnie c
    · June 30th, 2014 at 10:29 am · Link

    As a new writer it’s hard for me to make time for writing….so thanks for the schedule…I’m going to try it!!! 😉

  2. Elizabeth Andrews
    · June 30th, 2014 at 11:56 am · Link

    I am laughing, but only because it’s all true! lol

  3. Crystal
    · July 1st, 2014 at 12:48 am · Link

    LOL this is a great post and I think anyone that writes anything goes through some of this 🙂 However you on the other hand are a writer because you create awesome stories 🙂 I know you have had me completely hooked by the last few and Secret Service Rescue is awesome by the way 🙂

  4. ELF
    · July 3rd, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Great post…sounds like my kind of day…there’s what I would like to do…and what actually happens! Fun story, congrats on the release!

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