September 27, 2007

Work Spaces

I like the space around me to feel orderly. Not too long ago I used to keep everything very organized - it's one of my few talents. In fact, my younger sister used to hate it because when we were children, if she went into my room and touched any of my things, I could always tell. Now, however, life is much busier, so it's harder to keep on top of everything. Not that my house is a big mess, but sometimes months will go by before I go through the growing pile on my desk.

I am a very visual person, so I took a picture of my office the other day and decided to post it.

My office is actually our unused formal dining room, hence the odd looking light fixture. (We're going to change that one of these days.) My favorite thing in here are the bookshelves we recently bought from a newly opened IKEA store. It feels good to have a place to put all my photo albums and some of my favorite books, as well as keep my works-in-progress organized.

What I'd really like to do is turn our living room into a library with mostly wall to wall bookshelves filled with all the books that are now in boxes in the basement. I also want to have a nice reading corner with a comfortable chair. But in the meantime, I love my office. And really, one of the big reasons I have such a nice one is because for my day job I work from my home office. I probably spend ten hours a day sitting at that desk, so I wanted to make it something I would enjoy.

Truly though, it doesn't matter where I am when I write my novels. In fact, my first two novels were written in a corner of my bedroom. And sometimes I'll unplug my laptop and go to a different room when it's time to do some writing. The point is, as great as it is to have a work space you love, and even if you have one you hate, when it comes to writing, you probably get so lost in your story that it doesn't matter where you are when you are writing it.


Rebecca Talley said...

I like your last statement about getting so lost in your story you may not even notice your surroundings. So true.

I like your office space--very nice.

Traci Hunter Abramson said...

Wow, you can actually see the surface of your desk! I'm at the point where I need to find mine again (especially since I know there's a manuscript somewhere in the pile of papers that I'm supposed to be working on.)

You are right that you get so lost in your story you don't notice your surroundings. I have gotten to where I will (and do) write anywhere; the gymnastics studio, my daughter's piano lessons. I even try to keep something to edit with me at the soccer fields. (I'm too paranoid about my laptop getting hit by a flying ball to take it with me.)

Now back to finding my desk. You've inspired me to make it happen TODAY!

Christine Kersey said...

Rebecca - thanks. I love having an office space that is pretty much just mine.

Traci - let me know how your organizing goes. I always feel more settled when things are organized.