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My Writing Room by Victoria Connelly
This is my corner of the room we call our study but it’s not just a study – it houses all sorts of things from a wardrobe to an exercise bike, and used to be the home of my two low-flying budgies as well!
My husband is a landscape painter and we fight for wall space all the time. Where I’ll want to put another bookcase, he’ll want to hang a painting. It’s a constant battle but I love that our house is filled with beautiful books and paintings. There’s always something fabulous to read or look at.
I find pictures very useful for my writing and often surround myself with images. I framed a montage of photographs of Venice when I was writing a novel set there and have several Venetian masks smiling down at me. I’m writing about Jane Austen addicts at the moment so I have ‘I Love Darcy’ items all over the place and the image of Colin Firth everywhere.
My desk is an old Victorian stripped pine one which I got in Yorkshire years ago. I have an ancient printer on it and a sacred pot of pens which my husband gets into trouble is he dares disturb! And there are a few writer necessities too like my glasses, a lip balm, note books and a mug. Oh, and a plastic stegosaurus – inspiration for a children’s book I keep meaning to write.
I try to write a thousand words a day and often use voice recognition software because years of writing have taken their toll and I suffer with RSI. I also like sitting in a squashy armchair downstairs with my pink laptop. The keyboard is lighter to the touch and I seem able to write more on it but I find my dog (who occupies the chair opposite) a wonderful distraction!
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