Welcome to Luxuread’s new monthly series, My Writing Routine. As Australia's best-loved book subscription box, 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 he no longer writes until he's exhausted a scene, to AJP's non-negotiables when it comes to writing, read on to find out more about what a typical day of writing looks like for JP Pomare, author of The Last Guests, which you can find in August’s Luxuread book box.
What does a typical day of writing look like for you?
I normally write in the evenings, although I will try to squeeze in an hour or two throughout the day. If I’m writing an early draft, I’ll try to put in six plus hours a day, sometimes much more than that. I break it up with tea breaks and sometimes I’ll head out for a walk.
Where do you write from?
I write at home mostly, at my desk or in bed. Sometimes, I will write at a café to break up the monotony.
What are your non-negotiables when it comes to writing?
I don’t know if I have any. I think that implies inflexibility and all writers must be adaptable to some extent because you can’t rely on the perfect environment, the perfect mood.I’ve written on trains in a notepad, or in a loud pub. I’ve gotten words down with a moody baby strapped to my chest. I don’t know if I have any non-negotiables to be honest.
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
I’ve written the same way for years now. It’s all about ryhtym for me and finding what works best.
How has the way you write changed over the past few years?
I’d say I write slightly more during the day now. I had a baby which means I cannot stay up until two or three in the morning writing. I used to let myself write until I had exhausted an idea, or a scene, or I couldn’t keep my eyes open and I’d just catch up on sleep in the morning. Unfortunately I am no longer in control of my wake up time so now I make sure I’m off my laptop by midnight.
Do you have any tips or techniques you can share that make writing easier?
Not really, no. It’s a tough gig.
Where would your dream writing spot be?
I always love the idea of writing by a pool in Bali, or in a rainforest, or other equally scenic places but really I get to these places and the last thing I feel like doing is writing. The dream spot for writing and the spot where I am most productive are unfortunately not the same thing. I think a good mix would be a snowy cabin, with an open fire, where I can look at the world outside with wonder and awe, but I have no temptation to go out and explore it.
On the days you’re not at home, are you able to adapt your routine to fit in with a different environment?
Yes. As long as I have my laptop, or a notebook and pen I’ll find a way to work.