I have a home office where I used to work 60+ hour weeks. It all felt very important. When I quit to pursue writing, the room still carried a serious air. I associated it with conference calls and stack ranking people and complicated financial models, destroying any hope of creative productivity.
Then I reinvented my laptop cover so it wouldn’t remind me of excel and PowerPoint.
Next I added sayings above my bookshelf to keep me character-focused. Like Jose Ortega’s, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.” A great reminder to show not tell, and be purposeful in how you- and your characters- spend time. Also, Sylvia Plath’s, “It’s a terrible thing to be so open: it is as if my heart put on a face and walked into the world.” That thought encourages the vulnerability that makes great writing, and that sometimes fights my pride.
When I got tired of editing, but knew the book wasn’t ready I added these:
My favorites read:
“Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.”
“For a long time she flew only when she thought no one else was watching.”
I abhor artificial light, so I moved my desk to the window and replaced the bright room light with a softer bulb in a star fixture. Something still wasn’t quite right, so I painted the ceiling silver.
A giant whiteboard wall maps out my current projects where my desk used to be. The blank space in the middle is to be filled with the plan for book two revisions, as soon as I figure out how to make that draft work 🙂
When I could think of no way to further procrastinate, it was time to start writing. My office had evolved from a place of business to a place of growth. It feels like home. When I’m stuck, I stand and read the words of other writers that now flank my walls and remind myself that I am not alone in this pursuit.
I didn’t know it until three years later, but my writing space wasn’t complete until my book sold and former Debutante Lisa Daily gave me this gift:
So, writers out there, I’m curious, where do you write?
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