This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Today, Rosanna Ley, author of The Villa and her latest book, Bay of Secrets, shows us around her writing space. Here's our review for Bay of Secrets.
My writing space is crowded and chaotic. But I know where to find things. There is a nugget of organisation about it that I cling to.
Since downsizing to a 2 bedroomed cottage in West Dorset I now have a small (1920s) wooden desk, on which is crammed my large screen, my ‘to do’ pile (currently overflowing), my dragonfly lamp, my phone, a pen and my keyboard and mouse. And sometimes a cup of coffee…The mouse mat has a picture of Golden Cap, Dorset. To my right are two printers (don’t ask) balanced on a mahogany glass-fronted bookcase. To my left is a bright orange filing cabinet (full and bursting). On top of this is my new ultra- book laptop, piles of paper and notebooks. My desk is in front of a window and on the rare occasion that I look up, I can see the gorgeous thatched cottage opposite, the green Dorset hills and where the sea would be if the hills and some other houses weren’t in the way. Out of the other window (if I twirl) I can see the lovely old Church opposite, its lych gate and a pathway to the door currently lined with daffodils.
I’m sitting on a black leather chair which spins round when I ask it to. There is another large bookcase right behind me, also crammed with books and photographs – mainly of my family. There are also pictures – a Cezanne print and a felt that my daughter Alexa made when she was at college.
The room itself is called ‘my office’ but also ‘the spare room’ which is what it becomes when someone comes to stay. On these occasions I try to tidy up and pretend that it isn’t mine. But it is. It is to be decorated soon. I’ll probably choose green – the best thinking colour I know.