Where do you write? Post at Authors Electric

I’m addicted to those pieces in Saturday newspapers where writers show us round their writing rooms. The walls for Post-Its, the arcane but essential talisman on the desk, the flop-and-read area…. even if we all know that half our work probably happens in snatched scribbles at the Tube station, or in our heads while half-watching a film. Anyway, today I’m at Authors Electric giving the guided tour of my study, for those who are as nosy as I am.

Where are your special writing places? Tell me, in the comments here or at AE – and if you’ve posted about it, share the links!


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  1. #1 by Pam Howes on February 20, 2012 - 10:54 pm

    It looks nice and tidy, but at the same time bookish and eclectic and I love the floor cushion! I’m in the far corner of the lounge with a garden view and a picture of John Lennon watching over me. 🙂

    • #2 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on February 21, 2012 - 7:50 am

      Thanks, Pam! Actually the angle of the lens has made it look bigger than it is in real life.
      ‘A picture of John Lennon…’ An auspicious god for a writing area. I approve!

  2. #3 by Native on February 20, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    I’m one of those journal writer’s/artist. I write what I see, hear and feel…. I can be on the bus, train, movies, mall or sitting in a Starbucks…. I’m always jotting…but then when its time to compose it or make some since of it I lock myself in my room or I go to the Library or book store where I can sit in a quiet corner and allow my poetry flow….my surroundings are an important ingrediant for my inner muse, sonrisa… My Native American roots flow through my natural surroundings and I receive artistical flow and inspiration from everything and everyone…..this is my special writing place….

    • #4 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on February 21, 2012 - 7:58 am

      I love the idea of that, Native. I’ve had some great writing sessions cut off from all my usual gear, just using a pad and a pen somewhere. The idea came out of the room and I just started writing it.
      I never thought of writing in a bookshop. How lovely. If you did it a lot you could be like the resident pet 🙂

  3. #5 by Trey Taylor on February 21, 2012 - 12:19 am

    Love looking at writing rooms and personal library pics as well!:)

  4. #9 by London Crockett (@londoncrockett) on February 21, 2012 - 1:33 am

    I’ve got a chair in a corner with large windows, a tall lamp and a massively overgrown rubber tree that is attempting to conquer the windows. I love to write there. However, if I’m distracted or need to get out, my local coffee shop, the Grind, has a wonderful staff who ask me, “are you interested in a four-shot espresso?” as soon as they see me. And I always am.

    • #10 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on February 21, 2012 - 8:01 am

      A four-shot espresso? How do you even stay on the planet after that?! I love caffeine but find it’s a bit like speed, which I actually would never dare to try because caffeine is bad enough.
      Love the idea of your writing space with its tall guardians. It sounds secure and grounded.

  5. #11 by Sean J Harper on February 21, 2012 - 7:07 am

    Reblogged this on Sean Harper.

  6. #12 by robincoyle on February 21, 2012 - 7:08 am

    My most productive place to write is at our cabin near Lake Tahoe. I can turn off the rest of the world and write to my hearts content. I wrote about writing at the cabin (briefly) at the following link http://robincoyle.wordpress.com/about/

    • #13 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on February 21, 2012 - 8:02 am

      Robin, that sounds divine. Heading over there now

      • #14 by robincoyle on February 21, 2012 - 8:31 am

        Thats good because I just invited you! Bring your computer and we can write together!

  7. #15 by Sean J Harper on February 21, 2012 - 7:19 am

    I’ve posted about this very subject. Here is my link.


    • #16 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on February 21, 2012 - 8:07 am

      Put the kettle on, Sean – I’m on my way!

      • #17 by Sean J Harper on February 21, 2012 - 9:22 am

        Lol. Thanks for your reply. I too have specific track depending on what I’m writing. Usually a lot of what I listen is film scores.

        How did you decide whether or not to post any material online in your blog? I’m still undecided.
        Thank you for the visit and the reply.

        • #18 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on February 21, 2012 - 12:22 pm

          Sean, do you mean you wonder whether to post your WIP, rather than blogs? It depends what kind of blog you want and what you’re writing. This is what I do, based purely on my preferences.
          I wouldn’t post excerpts of a novel. First, they don’t make a lot of sense out of context and are rarely grabbing enough on their own. Also, as a novel evolves it needs a lot of editing, and early versions may be imperfect – I certainly wouldn’t want anyone seeing my early versions of a scene, even if they read well – it diminishes their impact in the final book. I’d keep your novel – if that’s what you’re writing – for readers to discover between covers or on their ereader.
          But I write about the ‘making of’ – and I have posted a deleted scene!

  8. #19 by Son of Incogneato on February 21, 2012 - 11:08 am

    I have a cat that is determined to keep me from writing …
    Diesel stalks me around the house like a miniature panther. When I go up to my office to write he plops down on the keyboard or stands in front to the screen. He’s my anti-muse.


  9. #21 by Sally - aka Saleena on February 21, 2012 - 11:22 am

    I’m so envious of you Roz. A writer who’s tidy? is such a thing possible? 😉

    I won’t even describe my original writing room’s bookshelf. My present writing area is the dining room, the only room that has a free table and is relatively clutter-free in my whole house!

    • #22 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on February 21, 2012 - 12:23 pm

      Hi Sally! Tidying is a displacement activity, of course. If your study isn’t tidy, you probably don’t have those fidgety moments!

  10. #23 by Chrissy on February 21, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Anywhere, anyplace, anytime…kitchen table, kitchen stove, dining table, office, car, cafe shop, car, and the list goes on….I loved the pictures!

  11. #25 by Joy on February 21, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    What a super-fab blog! So glad I found it. Love the pictures, thanks for sharing. We have bookcases all over the house too 😀 I would love to have a place just for writing, one day maybe … for now, it can be at the dining table, on the settee, in the car & wherever I happen to be waiting for the boys to be done with their activities. The only music that works for me is classical; anything with words is too distracting … and I am easily distracted ;o)

  12. #27 by Jackie Buxton on February 22, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Hi Roz, love the pictures – books perfectly orderly, the rest of life’s paraphernalia slightly less so… I see you have your priorities right :). I’m lucky enough to have a lovely big study in which to write so I can spread all my notes out on the floor, stick reminders and quotes all over the walls etc. However, it is also the un-official junk room of the house and the place where everyone else uses the computer so the walls do creep in on me sometimes. I have talked about my writing space before, in my About Me on my blog. I said there that I’m not complaining about the mess (well, ok, just a little bit); I wish I could spend more time here.
    Great blog!

    • #28 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on February 22, 2012 - 10:13 pm

      Hi Jackie! Just checked your ‘about me’ and read about your antique desk, and ideas raining down from the walls! Thanks for dropping by!

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