GWM: Yes -- I think structure is, on the whole, extremely important. I'm a morning writer. I usually start about 9 AM, fresh out of the bathroom and mind still uncluttered by the day ahead. I like to write 1000 words every day, five days a week -- and the thousand words usually take me about an hour. Once that's done, I move on to related stuff; editing, promotional work, correspondence etc. After lunch I generally take a couple of hours "off" for reading and then continue with the non-writing writing stuff that every writer seems to spend most of his/her time doing -- networking, researching, schmoozing and so on and so forth!
Speaking of which, I recently wrote an article for The View from Here magazine (you can read it here if you wish) in which I discussed online promotion etc. I was wondering, you also use Twitter and other social media/networking tools. How successful have you found them?
I’ve found that social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, are invaluable for a writer, both new and established, in order to not only advertise their writing, but also get in contact with other writers, reviewers and fans. Writing is mostly a solitary process, and being able to chat with other writers and share tips and encouragement makes you feel more part of a community, just as you said in the article.