Yes, I confess this is where and how I work. My apartment is around 500 square feet and there’s no room in the bedroom for a desk, so everything happens right here! My excuse is it reflects my creative chaos or chaotic creativity. You’d be right in guessing I’m a pantser not a plotter. Despite very serious intentions, I haven’t yet written a manuscript that was well pre-planned!
However, I do have good intentions about being a little more organized in 2012. I have been particularly inspired by Chapter 5 in Harold Underdown’s ‘Bible’ for children’s authors and illustrators, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books”. I promise a full review when I have finished reading, but suffice it to say I am learning new things with each chapter. Back to chapter 5, where Harold recommends what we practically need to get started: Pens/notebooks nearby, research books to hand, filing system and computer back-up for all those manuscripts. My ship can certainly be tightened here. I HAVE to buy a portable hard drive and start backing up my files and despite creating some folders in ‘my documents’, they remain empty and I do have about 100 documents just randomly saved. At least my thesaurus, dictionaries and grammar books are on the bookshelf nearby. Well in such a small space, nothing is more than a few feet away! I may try and keep the table a little tidier too!
So tell me, but don’t embarrass me too much, how well organized is your writing environment? Can you work well in a little mess, or does it have to be spick and span around you for concentration? And while you are at it, tell me, silence or background music?
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