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Clay Zane Comber's Writing Routine

Welcome to Luxuread’s new monthly series, My Writing Routine. In this series, we’ll be talking to authors and writers from around the world to find out more about how and where they write and the tips and techniques they use that helped land them with that all-important book deal.

Discussing everything from why poolside in LA would be his ideal writing spot, to his non-negotiables when it comes to writing, read on to find out more about what a typical day of writing looks like for Clay Zane Comber, author of 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze, which you can find in July’s Luxuread box.

What does a typical day of writing look like for you? 

Working full time, I don’t have a regular writing routine. I’m a person who thinks a lot about the writing before committing anything  ‘down on paper’, allowing an idea to kind of simmer until I feel like there’s enough in it to find the rest in the writing. Then I’ll write frantically to get it out and edit voraciously. I’m a bit of an insomniac, so I usually write either late at night (after 10pm), or very early in the morning (3-5am.)  

Where do you write from? 

I like to move around when writing. I’m not someone who always needs complete silence, although this does help sometimes. I wrote the entire first draft of 100 Remarkable feats of Xander Maze sitting poolside at a hotel in LA. But more often than not, I write at my dining table. I also love to write in cafes, libraries, planes, wherever I get the chance when I am actually writing.  

What are your non-negotiables when it comes to writing? 

A Macbook and access to music, but a coffee or wine never goes astray.  

How long have you stuck with this routine so far? 

As long as I can remember.  

How has the way you write changed over the past few years? 

I think confidence is the big thing. I always write what I’m passionate about, but there’s always the element of self-doubt with anything. Now I think I’ve learned to trust in that passion, and hope that readers will feel it too.   

Do you have any tips or techniques you can share that make writing easier? 

Read and write. Read critically. I think I often learn more from books that I don’t enjoy than books that I do. And write. You never know when an idea or snippet that you record might make its way into the story just when you need it.   

Where would your dream writing spot be? 

I think poolside in LA would be ideal right now.  

On the days you’re not at home, are you able to adapt your routine to fit in with a different environment? 

Absolutely. I love to travel and I’ve always been on the go, so the writing always has to come with me.