Up Close & Personal · Writing

The Write Environment: Having a Room of One’s Own.

Squee!  For me, so far, 2012 has gone off to a terrific start.  I have gone upmarket – I finally have myself a study.  It has been almost fifteen years since I have had a room to call my own; a luxury I have not known since having two children.  Master 13 now occupies the caravan that I once tried using as a study, with little success.  His room has become mine at last!  (Notice the nice big comfy chair I got for Christmas.  I’m sure you’ll also notice the Buzz Lightyear curtains and bare walls – so as you can tell, yes, this is still a work in progress). 🙂

I’m finding the advantages of having a room of one’s own includes:-

  • A place to keep everything together, instead of scattered throughout various rooms in the house, making it easier to find things and therefore making it less time consuming.
  • You can leave papers and/or the laptop all over the desk and just close the door at the end of the day, ready to begin work the next time.
  • It’s more convenient when you have trouble sleeping during the night – everything is set up and there is less chance of disturbing the rest of the house.
  • Having a more comfortable chair in which to sit in during those long hours.
  • Your choice of music can be played within easy reach – as often and as loud as your muse dictates.
  • It sounds more professional; it gives the feeling that I’m taking my writing more seriously.

How has 2012 begun for you and your writing career?  Do you have a room you call your own?

Image by Debbie Johansson.

Writing

From My Writer’s Desk.

I always like to hear how other writers write.  Lately I have seen where other writers do their work – a little nook in their backyard, an office, a café.

So here I present to you where I work.  Wait for the drumroll.  Yes, it’s a …

dining table!

Yes, the very room where the Johansson family eat, argue, play cards and board games, also happens to be the very room where I write and study.  I must say it’s an improvement from working in a caravan.

The caravan made me a victim of the weather – either it was too hot or too cold.  The table was not big enough to accommodate all my work.

After complaining to management about my working conditions, I moved into the dining room.  Here I have the creature comforts of air conditioning, easy access to tea making facilities, bathroom, a comfy chair in the lounge room and CD player.

I know it would make life easier if I had an office so that I can leave everything strewn around the room and close the door.  As it is, I pack everything away before the kids come home from school.  I know my work is done for the day, and I can put my ‘mum’ cap back on again.

The caravan may well become the designated area for my son when he’s older.  He has his eye on the caravan, while I have my eye on his bedroom.  It’s a fair exchange.

Images by Debbie Johansson.