November 24, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
My Writing Space #MFRWAuthor
For the #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog hop, this week, week 47, My Writing Space.
When I write, whether it’s outlining a new book or writing into Scrivener, I like little to no clutter around my workspace. I have a desk that isn’t overly large, about five foot by two, but I have a lot of storage space. Since I have a laptop, I use the space that is meant for a desktop computer to store my collection of blank notebooks and those that have story ideas that I’m going to write in the future. I have enough paper and pens to supply a classroom full of kids for an entire year, and I love my notebooks. They remind me of the possibilities left to be explored.
I have a drawer filled with extra pens, cause you never know, and also filled with post-it notes and other small notepads I can grab quickly to take notes. I also have shipping tape and regular scotch tape, along with paperclips (which I love) and binder clips. Basically, if you left me in an office supply store, I’d be set for the rest of my life. My bottom drawer consists of manuscripts and notebooks that contain the outline to my books. I save everything.
There is usually one to two notebooks on my desk. Right now, the notebook contains the outline for my new release, coming out December 22nd. I like to outline freehand, let the ideas flow, and between what I write down and what goes into Scrivener, the story is fleshed out fully. I often refer back to my little notes on the side of the page, reminding me to include some small detail that I might miss otherwise.
I also have sticky notes. I buy long post-it notes and when I’m stuck on an idea, I free write in the small note and it helps me organize my thoughts. With these notes, though, it’s hit or miss whether I can add them to my story. Sometimes they work, but most often, they are just an errant thought that I have to get down in case.
Then I have my coffee cup of highlighters. I use those to keep POV straight. Then I have a pencil/pen holder full of Inkjoy pens. For me, nothing else will do but InkJoy in a myriad of colors. I have random small notebooks that I received as gifts, that I use to jot down an idea. Also, when I have a notebook out, it usually means I have correction tape. I love that stuff and I tend to use it quite a bit when I’m fleshing out a story.
I, of course, have a coffee warmer, since I drink the stuff from the moment I get up until the early afternoon. I have an old, black-and-white Gameboy with Tetris because I love that game and it makes me smile. When I’m stressed or need a break, I get lost in the game for a few minutes until I die and then get back to work.
My cell and my iPad are usually close. When I’m writing a series, I tend to reference my books on my iPad.
And that covers my workspace.
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