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How to be Nora Roberts?
Following the recent Twitter noise about the arguments between prolific author Nora Roberts and a (foolish) reader, it’s natural to assume that this post takes that up.
Early Disclaimer: This post isn’t anything about that. (I wouldn’t dare!)
Quite the contrary, in fact.
Who is Nora Roberts?
How to be Nora Roberts #1 : She Writes Every Day Without Distraction
How to be Nora Roberts #2 : She Has a Routine
- she rises early
- checks emails and other minor stuff before writing at 8:00 a.m. or a little later —
- by 3:00 p.m., she would have written several chapters, after which–
- she works out for 90 minutes, then —
- spends time with her husband and family.
This may sound boring to many, but she reiterates, “I’m a solitary woman. I love and treasure alone. I also love my family, and am thrilled to be part of my grandkids’ lives, to see them, watch them grow.”
How to be Nora Roberts #3 : She Has Her Own Method
When she’s finished with the first draft, then and only then does she goes back to the first page, and edit it, fix things up. This is her second draft. After she finishes the last page, then she goes on back to the first page again, polish it to perfection, do spell-check. This is her third and final draft, the one which she sends off to her editor.
She calls this her three-draft method.