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A Day In The Life of A Real Writer

8 Oct

Okay, so we all knew it would happen some day! Sean needed a little credibility so he sought out some established “real writer” to lend a guest post and some much needed “actual content” to this blog. So I called up my distant cousin,  Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy, the Rebel Writer (actually no known relation) to fill in for me on a new segment that the kids are calling, “Meet My Guest Writer”.

Forget glamour.  Erase any notions or preconceived ideas about fun.  Writing is work.  And yes, it can be enjoyable.  I love what I do and can’t imagine returning to working nine to five for a corporation or business.  But it’s also time consuming, frustrating, and at times difficult.  I prefer the rewarding moments over the hard but in this business, you’ll have both.

Rewind my life a few years and I dabbled in writing.  Although I wrote almost every day and turned out a lot of stories, articles, and other literary efforts, many of which found published homes and earned me a little money, I didn’t approach it as a job.  If there’s any secret to my success, a turning point moment, it’s when I decided to treat writing as if it were a paying job.

I made up my mind and decided it was time to get serious.  The housework took a back seat to writing and I began keeping a routine, a strict one.  I stopped for a lunch break at the same time each day and within six months I signed my first book contract.  Two years and two months later, I signed my thirtieth this week.  Most are full-length novels by any standard and a few are what is sometimes called novellas.  These days, more and more people just call them “books”.  All are available as eBooks, four are also available in paperback.  I also have work in more than twenty-five anthologies and several short story credits including a few in national publications.

So if you want to make it in this business, make writing a job.

For the curious, here’s a rundown of how my basic day begins. I get up early, as in before daylight.  I’m also a mom so I rise before the kids and after a cup or two of coffee to get my mind alert, I check emails.  I also start a to-do list for the coming day.  After I feed and get my children out the door to the bus, I spent several hours either writing or doing writing-related tasks.  It can include editing, filling out cover art forms, writing blurbs, keeping up with my four blogs, using social networking to keep up with other writers and the reading community, and other details.  I may pause long enough to start the laundry or let my Jack Russell terrier out into the yard but otherwise I work until lunch.  After a brief stop, I bring in the mail and get back to work for several more hours.  Then it’s time to meet the kids, cook supper, talk to my husband when he gets home.  After dinner, I pay bills, play a little online, keep up with friends, and make phone calls to family.  Sometimes I get a little more work done, sometimes not.

My schedule doesn’t vary much even on weekends.  I’ve been known to work on holidays too, at least a few hours worth.  If I go on vacation, it’s usually a working trip with a visit at a writer’s conference or research for an upcoming project.  And the laptop goes along too.

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t hobnob with the rich and famous, attend galas, ride around in my limo and I’m far from rich.  I’ve done a few local television appearances but I’ve yet to mark The Tonight Show off my bucket list.

I work long, often hard hours but I enjoy what I do.  Reader feedback makes a positive impact too.  I often urge people to remember I’m not home watching television or playing Farmville.  I’m working because writing is a job and once I began to give it the same respect as any other employment, my career moved in new directions.

Contact and links:

Twitter: leeannwriter

Facebook: my personal page is Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy plus I just kicked off an author page – From Sweet to Heat: The Romance of Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy


Blog: Rebel Writer: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Amazon author page:

Now that you have had a taste of a “real writer”, can you ever go back? 

Sure you can! And you will! See you tomorrow!


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As always your comments are appreciated.

Excelsior. Peace Out.


A little Rx from the Good Dr. Hunter S.

7 Oct


“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says, ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.” – Hunter S. Thompson


How the Dr. cures writer’s block! Write. Edit. Reload.

I don’t have anything amazing to share this Sunday. I am behind schedule on the novel. A lot of what I have written is going back and meshing with some “plan of attack” novel planning. I am considering NaNoWriMo? Any advice? Is it helpful or poison to a new novel. I think it was Hemingway who said, “Sometimes you just have to sit down and write the damned thing!” If he didn’t say it (and I have no reason but hero worship and an active imagination to attribute it to him) then maybe the good doctor did. In any case, I have nothing to update except that  I am taking it all back to step one. Hopefully, next Sunday will be a real true update about “The Novel”. Until then let’s chat about Thompson, tommy guns and NaNoWriMo as a laxative to the mental block.  Hit me in the comments. Tell me to make something more of these posts lately and to stop blaming my dreaded day job for not having time to be so “very novel”.


No, I have NOT been drinking…it is the wee hours of Sunday morning, my goodness…you crazy bloggers!

English: Hunter S. Thompson, Miami Book Fair I...

English: Hunter S. Thompson, Miami Book Fair International, 1988 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Am I the only one that misses the mad doctor?





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Excelsior. Peace Out.


Web Work

29 Aug

This is for everyone who has read this blog and thought to themselves, “Yes, but what did Sean enjoy about Kung-Fu Panda 2?”

It is all of er…most of Sean’s work on the web. Well, it is all of the stuff that Sean…er…I felt like digging out of Moore Monthly and OKC.NET archives at the moment. It is a good starting point if you were wondering where my stuff on the web was for you to look at…it is all in one place. (I will slowly get the rest of it on here…because I know you were worried about that!)


Technorati Verification Codes

23 Aug
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Image via CrunchBase

When registering your account with Technorati, they will require that you publish a verification code in a new (not previously published) blog entry. The code will look like this:


This code will be used by Technorati to verity your registration.

This one was mine. I am registering this new blog.

Are any of you registered with Technorati or similar sites such as Alltop or Blogarama? Let’s discuss it in the comments.

What is Very Novel ?

20 Aug

I’m Sean O. Murphy. I’m a writer.

“Very Novel” is a new blog about writing, my career as a professional freelance writer, and my process of writing my first novel (and then hopefully, publishing, and promoting that novel).

Cleverly named,right?

I am going to make a quick assumption that we all know the definition of novel.  It combines the idea that this is a new turn of page in my life story and the obvious that I am going to focus a lot of time on the process of novel writing. In particular, I will be talking about the process that I am discovering while writing a novel.

I will share the process of writing my novel. What I did? What worked? What didn’t? What challenges did I face? Where I am in the process? You can follow along with me as I attempt to accomplish a lofty life goal and scratch one off my bucket list.

It won’t be all about me.

It will also be writing tips. It will be things that I have found that work for me as a writer. It might be advice on freelancing. It will be links to interesting articles elsewhere that helped me. It might be recommendations of services or products that I have used and worked for me.

I also really want you to comment. Share ideas. Expand on my concepts. Encourage me along the way. You don’t have to be a writer (though I suspect many of you will be) or a blogger to have something to add to the conversation.

Are you ready? Want to watch me do something new? Want to help along the way? Let’s go!

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