A Day in the Writing Life of Allison Butler

Allison 005Today let’s give a good RWAustralia welcome to Allison Butler as she goes under the microscope about her writing day.

In one or two sentences, please tell us what genre you write in and what made you decide that particular one is your calling.
I write medieval romance set in Scotland. I think this particular genre chose me as I love everything Scottish; the heart-stirring landscapes, the glorious castles, the turbulent history, the men swaggering about in kilts. And of course my Scottish husband 🙂

What time of the day do you write? Are you a morning, night-owl or anytime writer?
I recently had a shift change at work from nights to afternoons, so now write in the morning, Monday to Friday. The weekends are for family and fun!

Where do you write? Do you have your own special place? Does the location vary?
I write on my laptop in the study. My desk is in front of the window and I have a lovely view of our backyard and pool and cute little water feature. My writing location doesn’t vary. When I sit down at my desk, it means I’m there to work, in some writing fashion or another.

What’s the first thing you do before you begin to write?
Make a cup of tea. I love tea!

Do you spend much time reading over the previous day’s work? Do you have a special system in place in order to begin writing or go with the flow?
I usually read over the last scene or page I wrote to get my mind back into the ‘now’ of the story. Monday’s I might read more, due to having the weekend away from my work in progress.

Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time? Are you a goal setter with your writing?
Once I’ve forced myself to do some morning exercise and then finish the daily house chores, my mind is free to focus on my writing. I write until 12pm and then stop to cook dinner and prepare for work. I aim for a specific word count each day and make sure it’s realistic. This way I feel a sense of achievement and end my writing time on a high.

Do you take time out to stretch, rest your eyes etc and if so do you do any exercises at your desk or between sessions?
I get up from my desk about every thirty minutes. To stretch, to pace (think) or to make another cup of tea. Movement is good!

What’s the last thing you do before you finish your daily writing session?
I hit Caps Lock and write a sentence or a paragraph on what is going to happen next. This helps me get back into the flow of the story when I next sit down to write.

The Healer coverMy latest release, The Healer, is about an Englishwoman, a Scottish Laird, a case of mistaken identity, and a love that will surpass all others.

Contact Allison on her website, on Facebook or on Twitter

Buy links for The Healer:



Escape Publishing

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  1. Lovely to learn more about your writing, Allison. I love Scotland too.

  2. elizabethellencarter

     /  December 7, 2014

    I love the tip about writing an overview of an upcoming scene at the end of a writing day.

  3. You sound very organised, Allison! I hope you enjoy wonderful sales with The Healer.

  4. Vanda Vadas

     /  January 7, 2015

    Hi Allison. I enjoyed reading about your writing life. Looking forward to reading The Healer. Love the cover!


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