Today I am excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Zom - B Mission, the seventh book in the Zom - B series. I am also the final stop on this blog tour, so make sure to stop by the previous tour stops and see what they have for you.
For my stop I have two exciting things for you, first of all I have a guest post from Darren himself about 'A Day in the Life of Darren Shan', I also have a giveaway for one person to win the entire Zom -B series so far, so keep reading after Darren's post to enter the giveaway.
But before we get to Darren's guest post, lets take a look at the book and learn some more about it.
A Hard Days Write
I'm not a naturally early riser. For most of my writing life I've been getting up about 08.30. But my wife is expecting a baby later this year, so I've been trying to gradually adjust that, in preparation for the new arrival -- at the moment I'm down to about 08.00 most days!
I potter about for half an hour or more when I awake, letting my brain slowly crank up. I'll do some errands - maybe take out the rubbish or stack some books - and perhaps read some articles in the National Geographic. Then I fire up my computer and get to work.
If I'm working on a first draft of a book, I set myself a goal of 10 pages (3,000 words) per day. After checking my emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc, I'll get stuck into the writing, and fire through the first 5 pages, pausing every so often for another check of emails, FB and Twitter. Writing is a lonely profession, so I like to stay socially connected through the internet, as it makes the days feel less isolated. Of course sometimes I spend a little too long surfing the net, and then I have to cut myself off, or nothing of value will get done.
I usually have a rough idea of what the scenes I'm going to work on will be about, but every day is an exploration of uncharted territories. I try not to think too much about my stories when I'm not at my PC, as I can start to obsess and worry if I do. Instead I just turn up, crack my knuckles, and see where the story leads me. Some days it goes exactly the way I expected. Other days I find my characters saying and doing things I'd never anticipated. A supposedly short scene might stretch out and become the work of 2 or 3 days. A scene that I thought would last for ages might end up as a few paragraphs. The story is always king. When a book is really working, a writer merely follows along, rather than dictates what is happening.
I break for lunch around midday and watch an episode of a TV show, usually 45 minutes or thereabouts. Most days I'll have either cereal or egg sandwiches. This will be my first meal of the day -- I never feel hungry when I first get up, so I don't bother with breakfast. I'll maybe do a bit more pottering around after that, before returning to my computer to do another 5 pages. When I was first getting into the 10-pages-a-day groove years ago, I was very strict about exactly hitting the 10 page mark every day. Now I'm a bit more lenient. Some days I write 8 or 9 pages, other days 11 or 12. As long as I'm coming in or around the 50 page mark at the end of the week, I'm happy. But I try not to come in under my mark too often -- the more I procrastinate, the more work I have ahead of me further down the road.
After checking emails, FB and Twitter again, I'll normally go for a walk outdoors if the weather is good, or else go for a jog on my treadmill later, after dinner. I'll eat dinner while watching a movie -- I watch a movie pretty much every day when I'm at home and working. I watch every type of movie going -- I love the variety of the film world. Later on I'll read or reply to fan mail, maybe do a little more web work. Then I'll watch a TV show or two with my wife as I slowly wind down at the end of the day. In the past I'd head for bed about midnight, but these days I'm trying to go up a bit earlier, not long after 11pm.
On days when I'm editing a book, my routine is much the same as above, only I'll get through a lot more pages usually, since it normally is quicker to edit a book than write a first draft. Then of course there are the tour days, when I'm off promoting my work around the world -- but that's a story for another day.
Thank you Darren for letting us look at a day in your life. Now to celebrate this new release I have a giveaway for the ENTIRE set of Zom - B books so far in this series. This is a UK giveaway only, so make sure you live in the UK or have a UK postal address where the books can be sent to you.
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