Work Space is a State of Mind

Last night, my daughter graduated from high school. No, I’m not bragging. (Well, maybe a little.) On the day of her graduation, I realized the post on my work space was due in two days. That in combination with the big event made me think of all the places I’ve worked while waiting for her—coffee shops, the car, hair salons, the car, doctors’ offices, the car. You get the idea. In fact, I was in the car waiting for her to finish a driver’s ed class when I got “the call” from Angela James that Carina Press wanted to publish my first manuscript. That led to thoughts of all the places I’ve worked while traveling—airports, airplanes, hotel rooms and lobbies, and again the car (although in the passenger seat).

Before I had a home office, Sharing Hailey was written here.

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It’s a desk my husband rescued from the dump more than thirty years ago. He and I shared it. He hates clutter. It doesn’t bother me as long as there are no dust bunnies hanging around. You might think that made for a perfectly clean desk. It didn’t. I wouldn’t allow him to touch my “piles” because when he did, I couldn’t find anything. Yes, I’m one of those people. If my desk is clean, I’m lost! Oh, it looks pretty for a few minutes, but it quickly reverts to its natural state-chaos. I no longer use this desk,which is why you can actually see the top.

After I sold that first novel, I figured I needed a dedicated room for my work. So Waiting for Ty was written here.

That's my I'm-writing-but-pretending-to-pay-attention-to-you face

That’s my I’m-writing-but-pretending-to-pay-attention-to-you face

I call it the green room. I keep all my research books, writing awards, swag, posters, and professional publications here. It’s a mess. I know. Kind of like my mind.

Most of Tempting Meredith was written in this fifteen year old green recliner with the footrest up.

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But the manuscript also saw time on the back porch, the bedroom, the green room, the car, coffee shops, airports, even my brother’s house when I cat sat for him.

As with many writers, my work space isn’t an actual spot. It’s a state of mind. And maybe this works because we’re not mentally in the space where we write. We occupy the space our characters inhabit, whether it’s a luxury home in Hawaii, a cheap apartment in Houston, or a hunting ranch in the Texas Hill Country.


Work Space is a State of Mind — 8 Comments

  1. I hate it when my husband “helps” me out by attempting to clean my desk. It never fails that the one thing I actually do need in all of those little piles inevitably goes missing.

    I do a lot of reading in other places and I’ll often jot down story notes. However, I’ve done very little writing on the go. That’s something I want to try, but I’m always paranoid someone can read a sexy scene over my shoulder. 😉

  2. Love seeing everyone’s space. Congrats on successfully shepherding your girl through the high school gauntlet!

  3. Okay Samantha, I’ll admit that you **might** have the messier desk! But I do love your cat blankie. I’m sure it’s very inspirational!

    Way to go for taking your writing on the road. I usually just take a book or my ereader to appointments rather than my laptop. It seems to be the only way I have time to get my reading fix. I’ve taken my laptop or notebook with me on very long road trips (when my husband is driving). We writers have to find those little nooks and crannies of time in which to read and write. Like you said, it doesn’t matter where we write, since writing is a state of mind rather than place.

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