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.
I 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.
In 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 looks 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.
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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