While I was dealing with all the health issues I had this year, I was so exhausted at times that it was all I could do to make it to work. Even reading was too much for me to handle. Needless to say, I haven’t been as productive as I’d have liked, at least until the past couple of weeks. However, to try to keep my writing mojo going, and at least stay in the mindset of writing, editing, reading, creating, etc., I redecorated my writing desk area with a writerly theme in mind. (Actually, I overhauled my entire living room / dining room with the writerly theme, but I’ll save the rest to show you another time.)
As I’ve shared before, my décor is a late 1950s / early 1960s motif, so I tried to keep that going while adding literary touches. You’ll note the books on the top shelf include an old school dictionary, thesaurus, and volume library. (Of course, they also include the “Chicago Manual of Style,” Stephen King’s “On Writing,” and Chuck Sambuchino’s “Guide to Literary Agents.” Though those aren’t vintage, they are good to have around.)
My mouse pad as well as my little statuette features The Raven from my favorite guy, Edgar Allan Poe.
My printer is just the best investment ever! I’ve definitely made use of printing my manuscripts in a different font than I type in then editing the hard copy. It makes a huge difference seeing your work on paper as opposed to digitally. This model is reasonably priced on Amazon (more reasonable than I’d have ever imagined), and the laser cartridges are under $30 which is less than I used to pay for ink in my old inkjet! Better yet, a single cartridge prints around ten reams of paper with no quality problems whatsoever.
I found these cool plastic envelopes at The Container Store to hold the manuscripts I print while I’m editing them. (They’re great for carrying them back and forth to work to peruse during my lunch hour.)
And finally, my awesome sister Michelle got me a subscription to Writer’s Digest as well as Poets & Writers. Both are very cool (though I favor WD by far), and they both have lots of useful information that make them worth keeping after I read them. (Those actually go in another one of those cool plastic envelopes once I’m done with them.)
Anyway, thanks for visiting me at my house today. As I’m starting to get my energy back, I hope my creativity will start flowing again and I can think of more interesting things to blog about.
So tell me, what do you have in your writing nook, and what keeps you inspired?