Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Where the Magic Happens

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my office lately.  As many people know, I was lucky enough to receive a letter from an editor that outlines some areas and changes that she feels would make the plot of my book stronger.  I was invited to resubmit if I chose to make the changes.  I thought about the letter for a few days and decided to work with her suggestions.  There would be little disruption to the core of the story, I would have to rewrite the last chapter, but again, the outcome for my main characters remains unchanged, even if I tweak the plot. I had nothing to lose and a sale to gain.  

So, since I’ve been pretty much living in my writing space, I thought I’d share some pictures.  I’m a firm believer in having a space to work.  If you don’t have the luxury of a room like I have (albeit a tiny 10 x 10 converted bedroom) lay claim to some space so people in your house know that when you are there, with a computer, you are writing.  It's good for you as a writer and it's good for your family.  For the record, I rarely close the office door.  My family has full access to me most of the time, my kids are in and out of the office all day long, but they know how important this project is to me, so they respect my space.  

With my DH’s help, I have quite a pretty little office.  We painted the room this deep teal two years ago.  I wasn't sure about it for a long while, but it's grown on me and now I find it quite soothing.

This is my desk.  Yes, there are two computers.  Originally, my husband and I were going to share the space. He gave up, the dear man,  and either gets all his paperwork done at the office or uses his laptop.

Coffee is required.  I love the mug I bought from Cafe Press.

This is the comfy chair I just added to the space.  The binder you see open on the ottoman contains my manuscript.  There are hundreds of Post-its marking the parts to be revised.  I'm not done yet.  The little table has my Kindle, my notebooks, a glass of water, some copies of RWR and a basket of necessities.

The basket: it contains Post-its, colored pens and highlighters, my iPod, binder clips and a spare pair of glasses.  Usually there are a few pieces of chocolate, too.

I suppose the point I'm trying to make with this post is that no matter what you do, whatever your passion, make a space for yourself and give yourself time to pursue it.  You don't have to cut out the ones you love, or ignore the world, you don't even need a separate room, but try to find a space that allows you to enter your creative zone and visit it every day.  You deserve it.

Tell me about your creative space.  Is it working?  Is it not working?  What would you change if you could?


  1. Your writing space looks proper lovely (I have a corner of the kitchen table at the moment. We're moving soon . . .) I'm seriously envious. Love to mug too.

  2. Nice spot, Jean! I am creating a space for my art/crafts upstairs in the loft. I love the view distractions!! But I love your chair the best. gotta get me one of those!!

  3. Clare, Loretta, I'm a firm believer in having a space to work, like I said. That my husband did everything I asked so it would be beautiful is all the better. We did this slowly, over two years. Take the time to get it right and in the end you have a space that's personal as well as inviting.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

  4. What excellent news that you can revise and resubmit! That is such a step in the right direction.

    I love seeing other people's office space. Our family has a dedicated office, which I've taken over. I do wish I had a laptop though, so I could leave the office but still get work done. But I'm thankful for what I DO have!

  5. Julie, I'm very excited about the editors notes and the opportunity to resubmit. Thanks for reading and I feel like you do...so happy to have a space to work.

  6. It's so important to have a room of our own, or any workable space of our own. My computer, printer, journals, pens and supplies are all set in a large hutch. When I'm working, everything's close at hand and contained nearby, so I have access to all the tools I might need.

    And congrats to you for the offer to resubmit ... Happy writing to you!

  7. Joanne, thanks for reading and for the good wishes. Love your blog!