A Day in the Life of Suspense Thriller Author Joshua Graham
A Day in the Life is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we get a glimpse into our favorite author’s day-to-day life! Today’s guest is Joshua Graham, author of the suspense thriller, Beyond Justice.
A Day in the Life of Joshua Graham
by Joshua Graham
After the kids have gone to school, the writing day begins with reading and listening. I being with reading from the Bible (the book of Proverbs, one for each day of the month) and then a portion of the Old New Testaments.
Next, I spend time meditating on what I’ve read. It’s here that I often receive timely insight. During these moments of prayer, much is revealed to me about my life, the wisdom of the Almighty, as well as ideas for my writing.
Throughout the day, between marketing my work and studying my craft, my writing time is focused on the book or story with the most compelling deadline. I’ve got so many works in the bull pen I want to start writing, but I have to keep my time organized or none of them will get completed.
In a typical work day, I’ll get anywhere from 1,500-4,000 words (give or take 1000) written. More words and less sleep, as a deadline approaches. In addition to the actual prose, I also write proposals, synopsises and query letters.
Getting carried away in research is always a temptation because it’s so enjoyable. It’s like going back to school and learning something for an entirely different purpose. This is the kind of study I really enjoy (I must love learning if I stayed in college for 12 years for three degrees!) Nevertheless, the discipline lies in doing just the right amount of research, not so much that it detracts from the actual writing. After all, that’s what it’s for, right? The writing. For historical fiction, especially, this can be a huge time sink.
In any case, I press forward each day with the hope that I am writing the next New York Times Bestseller!
You can visit his website at www.joshua-graham.com.