It is what everyone says. Every known author says how they sit down for a number of hours, isolated, writing. It is not about looking at your laptop/notebook and running off to make tea, organize the underwear drawer, mowing the lawn. Those things should be done during your short break.
They also say do not give up your daytime job. My daytime job is taking care of my 3 year old daughter. It is not as easy as a 9-5 job where you can drop it all and go home. She generally wakes up around 7.30am and goes to bed 12h later. So how can I write around that? wake up at 6.00am and write until she wakes up? Once she is asleep I cook dinner for my husband and I must give him some attention and not ignore him because I am writing. I tried the ignoring bit and it really did not go down well. It was hard to balance two things I absolutely love without making one feel less loved.
It is a job.
I have now made an appointment to visit The Genome Center in London and will be speaking the head researcher who has agreed to help me out on some scientific points of my novel. Fingers crossed, he will also give me a tour of the place so that I can picture better the main character's offices and how her routine and daily life would be like.
The next place I have to visit is Japan. Yes. Half the story takes place in Japan.
Sorry, I can't say more without giving it all away ;o)
Yesterday I went to a How to Get Published seminar offered by Marie Claire and I must say I was impressed. I did not expect much and came out with so much useful information. Truly inspiring.
My 3 year old needs attention.