A really unhappy RJ and how to avoid one. ~ Outside the Margins with RJ Scott

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The Daily Word Counts of 39 Famous Authors was shared on my Facebook timeline – the full post can be found here: http://writerswrite.co.za/the-daily-word-counts-of-39-famous-authors-1 – and it made for really interesting reading.

I found it interesting, not so much for the word counts which ranged from 500 to 10,000 in a day, but for the comments next to each count. Stephen King doesn’t set a word count, but ensures he clears 10 pages a day. Susan Witting Albert talks about structure where she sits at the computer at nine in the morning, is into her book by ten, then finishes at five. Anne Rice talks of writing ‘an episode’, and Frederick Forsyth forces himself to write 3,000 words a day, seven days a week.

One person I look at who isn’t on this list is the prolific Nora Roberts. There is an interview here (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/nov/20/nora-roberts-interview-romance-fiction) in which she says she writes a book every 45 days… I’m not sure on her word counts in books but that must equate to around 3,000-4.000 words a day – if she wrote every day.
I like aiming for word counts, it keeps me honest, but I also look at the list and realise that I write episodically which is something I hadn’t realized before today. If an episode of my book (a love scene, an argument, the family scene, the make up, chapter ten, whatever it is) needs to be written, then I am happiest when I leave my desk with that episode written.

Ernest Hemingway said that he would leave his writing before the well was empty, and to leave yourself at a point where you know what you will write the next day with the fact you have the night to think on it. This is something else I do. I love the delicious excitement of knowing what I will be writing the next day and letting all the possibilities work out in my head.

So what is my writing day like?

I sit at my computer at nine in the morning, with a cup of tea and that is how my day starts. I begin by clearing emails, checking in with my PA, talking to my writing sprint partners, working on any edits, and usually by ten I start writing. I write in 30 minute sprints, where I can write anywhere from 500 to 1100 words. This all depends on the book, the ease of writing, the research I had already done, and at what point in the story I am at. I like to clear 3,000 to 5,000 words a day and I finish writing when Matt gets in from school at around four. That way I am able to release a 50/60k novel every other month, a novella in between, and also write with my co-authors on other projects.

I’m not sure if prolific is a word that means my kind of writing, I just know that if I didn’t write each day, or plan a story, or read, or think on stories, then I would be a really unhappy RJ.

~RJ Scott


Title: Summer House
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Publication Date: 05/29/2015
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Ashby Sebastian Sterling-Haynes has had a lot of boyfriends, but he’s never found the one.

The only person he can form an attachment to is his fourteen year old niece, and even that is in jeopardy when babysitting her cat goes all kinds of wrong.

Veterinarian, Connor Lawson is much happier working with animals than with people. He has deliberately returned home and to the Summer House he recalled from childhood holidays for peace and quiet and the chance to heal from wounds no one would ever see.

When his next door neighbor comes into the practice with a cat that has been in a fight he hides in his office because this Ashby guy is all kinds of dangerous. Too hot, too rich, too titled, and way too sexy for his own good.

Can two men who refuse to believe in love ever learn that love is the easy part of the journey to forever?

Buylinks will be here: Buylinks: http://rjscottauthor.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-summer-house-english-hearts-1.html


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About RJ Scott

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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2 thoughts on “A really unhappy RJ and how to avoid one. ~ Outside the Margins with RJ Scott

  1. So very cool to read about your writing process. I feel the same way about reading, if I didn’t read it wouldn’t be pretty for me, I get cranky 😉 The way you authors write is so incredible and something I know I couldn’t do, so thank you for writing. Writers are rock stars to me…

  2. I can see how writing everyday is a must for you. You have given us so many amazing stories and stories we have yet to read . We ALWAYS look forward to them. With all that running around in your head we are MORE than happy to read what you put to paper, an old fashioned thought I know but you understand what I mean. . So keep it up as long as it makes you happy. Cause it certainly makes me happy to read them all. Hugs

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