This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Where you write often sets the tone for what you write. I am my most creative when I write in my own space. It is an office in our home. My office is a small room, overcrowded with books and memorabilia, but I am happy here. I am with the people, places and things I love.
The books on my shelf are ones I have read. Many of them have been around for decades, they are a bit worn but no less loved. On the bookshelves there are also a dozen or more framed photos – they keep me close to my family and friends, they remind me of vacations we’ve enjoyed and even the dogs I’ve loved and lost.
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My desk is small, not just small but postage stamp small. It is often covered with a jumble of papers, sticky notes and the spiral binders I use to jot down research findings, and things to remember. In the center of the desk is my laptop – a 15” MacBook Air; like everything else it is small. Crowded as the desk might be, there is always enough room for a bit more memorabilia. Right now it is a ceramic pencil cup crafted by a friend, a tissue box that looks like a stack of books, and a picture of my husband and me. In the picture we are both laughing and I like that.
My office is a place of peace and quiet, but I am never alone. In addition to all the wonderful memories, I have a furry friend named Sugar. She comes to work with me every day. More often than not, she is content to curl up on my lap while I am working. When she needs a break, she naps on the floor or the sofa.
The one big thing in my office is a picture window that looks out on tropical foliage and a giant oak tree.
I write novels that are much like my office. They are heartwarming tales of life. There is often a child or a dog in my stories, no doubt inspired by my surroundings. I shudder to think what I might write if I were to work in a highly caffeinated coffee shop – such tales are better left untold.
Passing Through Perfect is scheduled for release on 14 January.