Many of you see authors use this term, but if you don't know what it means it is the work-in-progress. That is, whatever manuscript/s the author is working on at the moment.
Each author approaches writing differently. Some are meticulous plotters, others are pantsters (writing by the seat of their pants), while many fall somewhere in-between. Some authors like music while they're writing, while others need complete silence. Sometimes there are elaborate rituals to get an author in the right headspace to write. Some authors are able to write a lot in one day, others a little.
Whatever or however the process unfolds, each writer has to find their own way.
I outline characters and major plot points ahead of time. Once I have the opening scene in my mind, I start writing, letting the story take me wherever it needs to go. Silence is a necessity for me to write. I can't have music or the television on in the background. Too distracting. I don't have any rituals before beginning writing, but I do prefer to write in the morning before the world intrudes on my brain too much.
I try and write Monday to Friday, and usually put in some time on either Saturday or Sunday. While I'm working on a book, I don't like having two days without writing. It disrupts the flow of the book.
Well, I just finished a 60K rough draft of my latest book. I started it on February 1st, so I'm pleased with my output this month.
Now comes the fun part--revision. I'll spend the next week or so revising the work, trying to turn it into something special. :-)