Where I Do What I Do — #MFRWauthor

Happy Friday, everyone! Welcome to week 47 of the Marketing for Romance Writers 52-week blog challenge. This week’s prompt is My Writing Space

I’d love to share picture of my lovely office and tell you that’s where I spend my days, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Oh, I do have an office, and I do spend some time in there just about every day, and sometimes that’s even where the writing happens…but not always.

I’ve been at this for a quarter of a century (man! does that make me feel old!) and this week’s prompt made me think about all the different places I’ve called my writing space over the years.

Pen and Paper 01 Unsplash smallI started off in the living room, on the couch, with a spiral notebook and a pencil. I had an electric typewriter, but I couldn’t always afford the ribbon, the correcting ribbon, and the carbon paper. In those days, I’d written the beginning of a million different books and the end of none, so my goal was to write to the end. Period. I didn’t care what shape the story was like when I finished, I just wanted to finish. And I did.

I started writing my very first published book in the same way. I wrote it longhand in a spiral notebook, and then I stayed after work and typed it on the computer there. It was kind of a great method because I could edit as I typed, so my “finished” scenes were pretty good, I thought.

I went on that way for a while, until my parents upgraded their computer and gave me their old 8088 computer with two (count them, two!) 5″ floppy-disc drives. I moved my writing space into my bedroom (one of the perks of being single) and used my bed as an extension of my desk. That computer was a wonderful upgrade, but it was s.l.o.w.! I could start it booting up, go out to the kitchen, do the dishes (by hand, no dishwasher in that house), and come back just in time to hear the last grinding efforts as it came to life. I could iron my clothes for work while it was saving the document.

I went on that way for a while until (a) my sister and brother-in-law gave me their old computer and (b) my oldest daughter moved out into her own apartment. I moved Younger Daughter into her sister’s bigger bedroom and turned the small bedroom into an office. It was heavenly! Really! About that time, I left my day job to write full-time and we moved again. This time, my office was a small, windowless room in the basement, so not really lovely, but it worked.

100_0285 smallIn the years since, I’ve gone back and forth between having an office and working in my bedroom, depending on the place we were living at the time. Eventually, we moved to Florida, and ended up living with Younger Daughter and her kids while my son-in-law was deployed and out of the country.. Since Older Daughter and I were sharing the kids’ toy room as our living space, my work space became the living room where my grandkids could interrupt at will. Needless to say, this wasn’t the most productive time in my career.

Now I live in a house with room for an office, but my writing space isn’t always in that room. I don’t know why, but I haven’t really warmed up to this office space. The room 100_1436looks out over the front yard, which should be quite a lovely view, but the room is frequently hot, the desk (not my old, beautiful desk that broke when we tried to move it, but a new approach that sounded good in theory) doesn’t feel right. The light is all wrong, too. I do work in there, but frequently, you’ll find me in a comfortable chair in the living room, at a picnic table at the local park where I can look out at the water, at McDonald’s or some other fast food restaurant that offers free WiFi, or the food court at the mall. Sometimes I need peace and quiet and space to think, and sometimes all that quiet starts to create a vacuum in my head. When that happens, I need to be around people (around, observing, not around and interacting) to get the creative juices stirring again. It really depends on my mood, the day, and the weather.

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While you’re here, I hope you’ll forgive a little blatant self-promotion, but for the holiday season, I’ve lowered the price on the Kindle versions of 16 full-length novels to just 99 cents. That’s $.99 for each of the six books in the Fred Vickery mystery series, all four time travel romance novels, and six contemporary romance novels. You can click through to my author page on Amazon and check them out.

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9 thoughts on “Where I Do What I Do — #MFRWauthor

  1. Shari Elder Stories (@ShariElderBooks) says:

    What a great view for the office, but as someone who has learned to write where they are because of changes over time, like you, I could see the need to maintain some variety in your writing space. I can’t work in the same place everyday. Period. I telecommute periodically (have an office job) just to add that variety into my life. Helps keep the creativity flowing.

  2. storimom2 says:

    When I’d visit my grandmother in Florida, my favorite place to write was at a picnic table down by the bay. I could watch boats, marine life, and various birds would even entertain me at times:)

  3. Meka James says:

    Nice how you’ve had to change with the time over the course of your writing journey. Hopefully you’ll warm up to your new office eventually although writing and overlooking the water sounds like a very nice option.

  4. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel says:

    I wrote my first two books by hand and had to rent a typewriter. When I finally got a computer, I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. You’ve adapted well to the different environments you’ve written in. Every once in a while, I need to get out and observe others and have a change of scenery, too.

  5. alinakfield says:

    I wasn’t writing novels before computers, but I typed plenty of papers and other documents on typewriters. I remember when the built-in correction tape seemed like a miracle.

  6. aliciacoleman says:

    Your post had me remembering the typewriter my parents got for Christmas when I was in high school. I typed quite a few short stories that have been lost somewhere in my mom’s house over time. My first desktop computer was a used one my brother’s company sold me for $50. I was in heaven. Thanks for the memories.

  7. RaineBalkera says:

    We share a few writing-style memories, Shari! Notepads and pens to typewriters to (my personal favorite) the Brother WP-1400D electronic Word Processor! Thanks for taking me down memory lane and I envy your current view!

  8. RobinMichaela says:

    I remember being thrilled with electric typewriters and being able to use the correction tape in stead of white out. I wrote my first (never published) romance on them. Computers are a God-send. Great view, if you need a change of writing space.

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