I finished edits on Tiger's Mate today on my lunch break at work and sent it out. Tomorrow I'm getting right back into A Tiger's Courage, the next book in this fantasy romance series. I working on the 2nd draft of that book and hope to complete it before the end of April.
Finishing the book at work today is something I didn't used to be able to do. In the early years of my writing career if I didn't get a stretch of time of a couple of hours I wouldn't even attempt to delve into my current project. When my first book was accepted for publication I was already four books down the road from when I had completed that one.
Suddenly I needed to do promotion. I had to start a website, begin blogging, join Facebook, and all sorts of other things. After a book is contracted there are still many things to be done in the months between signing the contract and the book being released. But I still wanted to work on the book I'd interrupted to begin promotion.
Besides learning to juggle different projects, I also learned to use those little slots of time. on my lunch break, while dinner is cooking, between loads of laundry and make the most of them. I can visit a number of blogs while fixing dinner. I can write a blog while waiting for a load of laundry to dry. And today I finished edits on a book at lunch.
I think most writers laboring at day jobs have learned to use every little bit of time or else we'd never get anything done.
How long a period of time do you need to get into your writer persona? Do you fit writing work into your breaks on your day job?