I thought some lighter fare would be nice today. How about a tour? Nothing as exciting as an exotic location. But something more personal—a view of my writing corner.
Actually, I’m lucky enough to have my own office while my husband shares his with the family/exercise room. Stephen King would be proud. Well, at least he’d approve. But the one thing I can’t do is shut the door to block out the world. I’d feel too boxed in, like I was missing out. So the door stays open, contrary to King’s advice. And this is what you see.
That’s it? There’s nothing else in it?
Nope. I can’t work in clutter. This is messy for me. There’s that paper you see by the desk and a manuscript you can’t see on the floor. And there’s a pile of stuff on the storage cube. Also, I would never choose pale lavender for a wall color. But we’re renting and don’t want to paint. We’d just have to repaint to something neutral when we buy another house. So I try to ignore the color.
Below is my writing desk. That’s where my WIPs and blog posts take shape. Some of you may recognize the active program as Scrivener, which I highly recommend. As you can see, there’s no extra room on that table. But a larger one wouldn’t fit. That’s another reason you don’t see much furniture. The room is really small. And if you look closely, you can see I’m a PC girl, and my beverage of choice is water (not vodka!).
So if I want to write anything by hand or lay out a manuscript, I have to switch desks. That’s the small one in the corner here:
Both desks are old dining room tables, but they work fine for me. And the chair that matches so well? That belonged to my father-in-law when he was a schoolboy. My husband refinished it a while back, and now it’s serving a similar purpose again. Ugh—that tangle of cords. I’ve got to do something about those. I still use my old notebook for some day-job work. It’s slow as molasses, but I’m not sure I could ever send it for recycling. That’s the one I used when I started writing my novels. There’s sentimental value there.
Moving back to the other side of the room is my storage cube. It’s handy for keeping smaller items contained and looking neat—even if what’s hidden in the blue bins is a jumble of supplies. At least the outside looks tidy! Except when I forget to put the batteries away….
We’re getting down to a few more essential items. Like my writing books below. When I’m away from my computer, they’re my go-to places to jot down ideas or bits of scenes. They hold ideas for the current works and sequels. Even though many don’t make the final cut, it’s still fun to read through them sometimes and wonder What was I thinking?!
And if you’re curious, here’s a sneak peek into their contents:
I hope you weren’t too disappointed.
Finally, I try to be organized about my writing. Keeping track of the timelines is critical. I make a lot of calendars and note when the different scenes take place, or at least the key events. The three below are for Summer at the Crossroads.
So there it is. My writing space. And a little glimpse into me, which is not easy for this introvert to do, even in blog land.
How about you? Do you have some space that’s yours for creating? dreaming? imagining?
- The Introverted Writer (limebirduk.wordpress.com)