In my novel, THE MILESTONE TAPES, my protagonist Jenna is a writer. And part of her world includes the most beautiful office, as she mused … it’s where she constructed worlds to perfect to really exist .
I think, when I writing the book that making Jenna’s world the way I did was almost purposeful since I had literally no dedicated work space myself. I ultimately was living vicariously through my character. And, of course, my desire for a space manifested itself into what I would consider the perfect home office for a writer.
I primarily wrote THE MILESTONE TAPES in two places … my bed and my kitchen table, but I also wrote on a plane, by the pool, on the couch and in a hotel room. Obviously, not ideal. But hey, whats a girl to do? Build an office? No … that’s what husbands are for 🙂
Last fall I left the house, off to another full 10 hour day at my “real-world” job. It was a national holiday … so though I was working… my husband, Mark, had the day blissfully free. Little did I know, I’d come home that night to the manifestation of my greatest wish … a real writers workshop in the comfort of a spare room.
So, I think since I’ve shared so much about writing … I should show you were I actually practice what I preach … This is where the magic happens
Writing, yes … it’s easier when you have a place to do it. I’m more productive, less haphazard and happier in my office than anywhere else … though, I still find myself crunching out blogs and pages in bed or on the couch or anywhere I can. But in my office, I can shut the world out for thirty minutes or six hours, I can be lost in the world I’m writing about … alone with my music and my story.
Since I live in Chicago and write about Washington, I’ve made a point of surrounding myself with things that smack of the Olympic Peninsula. From the wall color down to the accents, it makes sense that even being far away I can feel connected and draw inspiration from what’s around me.