Before becoming a full-time writer, Marie Lu was the art director at a video game company. She also owns the children’s brand Fuzz Academy. She was first inspired to write Legend while watching Les Miserables one afternoon, and wondered how the relationship between a famous criminal vs. a prodigious detective might translate into a more modern story. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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A Day in the Life
My writing days can be all over the place, honestly. Some days, I have little to do (i.e. waiting for feedback on drafts/edits, no phone calls, plain old procrastinating, etc)...other days, I'm lucky enough to attend conferences and conventions and meet readers and all sorts of other exciting things. But one of my average days is detailed below, for anyone who's curious:
6:30 AM - Wake up, then head off with Boyfriend to the gym to battle the treadmill and/or precor machines. Sometimes I'll even attempt crunches.
7:30 AM - Time to walk and feed the dogs. (We have three. Two are Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and the third is our "accident"--a brown and tan chihuahua mix who absolutely rules the house.)
1:00 PM - Break for lunch. This is when I try to get out of the house; I'll usually eat at a local cafe so I can get some exposure to outside life and not become a half-insane hermit. This is very, very important for full-time writers. One cannot stay in one's house all day. One will lose one's mind.
2:00 PM - I might still do sporadic writing, although anything written during this time is kind of second-rate. Instead, I'll usually do a combo of answering non-emergency emails, tweets, Facebook messages, deviantArt stuff, post the occasional blog entry, update and maintain my web presences, and other tasks that are part of a writer's job but do not really involve novel-writing. Believe it or not, this stuff takes up quite a few hours out of each day. (Not that I'm complaining--I enjoy it all very much.)
Sometimes I'll sketch things too, things that are often related directly to Legend. This is a creative exercise that comes in particularly handy when I'm experiencing writer's block. I've noticed that immersing myself in other creative activities will get my imagination flowing again for my writing. Lately, I've also started using my afternoon time to make notes about a new, non-Legend story idea. I have a feeling that, come 2012, I'll start using my afternoons to do some first-draft writing of this story. And that's all I can say for now. :)
Finally, late afternoon is when I indulge in some of my favorite Facebook, iPhone, and console games. (As of this writing, I'm playing Mario Kart 7 (3DS), Sonic Generations (PS3), Serf Wars (Facebook), and Ravenskye City (Facebook).)
5:30 PM - Dog walking/feeding time again.
6:30 PM - Dinner out with the Boyfriend. (This is as good a time as any to mention that I CANNOT COOK TO SAVE MY LIFE. I destroyed a pot once when I tried to boil eggs. I even ruined rice--IN A RICE COOKER. WHICH IS AUTOMATED. Don't ask. So, in short, we eat out quite a lot. :) Occasionally I will cook the one thing I *can* make, which is vegetarian dumplings.) [Yan: I've actually undercooked rice and burned rice in the automated rice cooker before so I totally understand.]
8:00 PM - The day's pretty much over for me here. I spend time with the Boyfriend, watch some shows, read, and play with the dogs.
Sprinkled in random intervals across the above schedule are additional things like: work-related phone calls and interviews, online writing-related chats, Skype school talks, outlining plot points to prepare for the next day's round of writing, post office runs (which have somehow become more and more frequent these days), and other odds and ends.
Of course, when I'm on deadline, the above schedule pretty much gets thrown out the window and I'll write on and off for the entire day. :)
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