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My Writing Room by Ruth Saberton
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I would love to say that I have a dedicated space for writing but really my office is for the admin side of my work. It's where I check contracts, answer emails and do the mundane financials. We've made it look nice with all the framed pictures of my book covers to inspire me!
I am incredibly lucky to live in Polperro in beautiful Cornwall and have a lovely home with various nooks and crannies where, depending on the time of day and the piece I am working, on I can hide away and let the light, sounds of all the birds from wrens to seagulls and people passing provide a gentle backing track to my writing. Sometimes I like to write in bed – one of the best bits about being a writer, especially is it's blowing a gale across the sea!
I often write outside and sometimes I take my notebook up onto the cliffs where my horse has paddock. There I can write while gazing over Polperro and out to sea. Sometimes, I can be found at home in my garden in a shady spot with a coffee, the only downside is my wi -fi reaches me and I end up checking emails and just occasionally get lost in the worlds of Facebook and Twitter!
Last year, after "Ellie Andrews has Second Thoughts" was released, I treated myself to my ipad and although a little sceptical as to exactly how much writing versus browsing I would use it for, I'm pleased to say that this has also expanded my writing space even further. I found my self tweaking a couple of bits of Amber while being driven to London recently but I don’t think I could ever get immersed enough to write properly as the motion of the car makes me feel a bit queasy!
Lately I have taken to writing on a super squishy second hand sofa that I bought for £40 from a kick boxing Buddhist. This sits in my living room window and from this vantage point my cat Freddie and I watch the world go by. With all the lovely weather recently we have seen so many wonderful people wander past our window that I am never short of inspiration for characters.
I used to take my my laptop to the local cafes or sometimes to my friend's pub and just enjoy a coffee, or sometimes a pink wine, and write in a quite corner but as my books and I are becoming a little more well known I often end up chatting to people asking me about my work. I tend now to just enjoy these places socially. I meet so many interesting people in Polperro and I hope that they find me and my work as interesting as I find them and their stories.
Three or four times a year I run a writers’ retreat. I look for a peaceful venue where I and my fellow writers can lock ourselves away. Once I have got my writers settled, fed and busy writing I can take an hour or so for my own work. There's something about being in the company of other writers that seems to generate a creative energy that I hope we all tap into and benefit from. I think that I can pretty much write anywhere.
But do I have a writing room?
In a word, no!