Guest Post: A Day in the Life of Kasper

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Kasper Beaumont

Hiya folks, I’m up early today at the crack of dawn 5am. It’s already light here in the Australian summer and I have done a couple of kilometres on my exercise bike to warm up for writing. Warm up for writing? I hear you ask. Yes indeed. Call it brain training, getting the blood flow to those creative synapses.

Now I’m actually lying on the sun lounge in my cubby house, which I know is bad for the posture, but I’m relaxed and raring to go. No straight backed chair and desk covered with notes for this little black duck.

I open my scrapbook and re-read the last couple of pages to recall my hero’s last adventures. I have a vague idea where this chapter is going, but will generally add anything that pops into my head and judge it’s importance later.

I then spend about 2 hours doodling, writing, drawing terrible pictures that I’m not going to show you and adding a few new details to my map. This develops as the story goes along as well.

I like to add notes to my glossary as I go along. Not much of this will be published, but it is important to me to have the back story and descriptions of each of my characters.

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The Cubby House

After a couple of hours of fairly fast and frenzied writing, I give my cramped fingers a shake and pack up for the day. If I have the time I will write more later, but these days I have a full ‘dance card’ and it’s now time to feed the family breakfast and get on with my day.

I have actually 3 editors who all work on different things. I like to revise the book myself 3 or 4 times before it goes to the editors, but sometimes I do get a bit excited and send in a sneak preview. It’s great that I have such a good support network of people who enjoy reading my work and who are so keen to help me. I have a great bunch of beta readers as well and they can’t wait for my next piece. On that note, I’d better get back to it.

Thanks for joining me for the day, cheers, Kasper J

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