Two Writing Desks are Better than One

I’ve long been fascinated with writing spaces. Whether they were the writing nooks of famous authors (or, even better, their personal writing sheds) or the desks of freelancers and other lesser knowns or even just the organization design suggestions of Better Homes and Gardens or Pottery Barn, I’ve spent many a long hour examining the structure of others’ writing spaces.

I’m a big fan of Roald Dahl’s writing shed.

It’s because I never had a writing space of my own before; at least, not a regular one that didn’t have some other primary purpose first (homework/studying, etc.) After years of collecting ideas and ripping pages out of magazines, I’ve finally designed my own perfect writing space.

I love it. It’s so pretty, so functional, and just so me. Kristin, host of the Where Writers Write guest blog series was kind enough to interview me about my writing space and my writing routine (for those of you interested in how the 14-hours-a-week of scheduled writing time is going…) Check the post out for more photos of my not one but two writing desks.

(Image 1, 2)

Are You a Series Addict?

I love reading series. Once your hooked, they give you something to look forward to (Book 2, Book 3, Book 4!) When I was in elementary school, The Magic Tree House books had just started to come out and in quick succession I fell in love with the Babysitter Club books (who didn’t?), Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Animorphs (I know, such a fad!), Harry Potter, and later The Princess Diaries, Sword of Truth, and Hunger Games. I especially love coming late to the game and falling in love with a well-established series so that, instead of counting down the days until the next book, I can start from the beginning and read through ten volumes without stopping.

In case you’re a series junkie like me, here’s some more to whet your appetite:

If you liked The Hunger Games, you’re going to love Divergent by Veronica Roth. Set in post-apocalyptic Chicago, the surviving population is split into “factions,” similar to the Districts in Hunger Games and the Houses in Harry Potter, and sixteen year old members have to go through a pretty rough bout of initiation. The second book in the trilogy came out this month, so there’s no delay! (Unless, like me, you have way exceeded your book budget and need to wait for a library loan copy. Deep sigh. I wish I had unlimited funds to buy every book I want as soon as I want it.)

This isn’t a book series, but it’s a pretty awesome guest blog series: Where Writers Write over on Kristin’s blog White Space. It totally satisfies my dual obsessions with pretty organized office interior design and learning more about about a writer’s routine and creative process. Regularly reading about other writers’ daily writing schedule and writing spaces totally inspires me to revamp my own.

Another guest blog series I’m increasingly fond of is the Turning Point series over on Distraction no. 99, the blog of YA author Nova Ren Suma. These guest posts detail the turning point in various published authors’ careers. Whether it was that first publication credit, the moment they got their first agent, or the moment they let go of their first book and moved onto a new project, the series offers a broad range of perpetually encouraging articles.  Check it out!