What a treat to be invited to share with you! I hope you enjoy this peek into my workspace.
Over the years, I’ve gone from commandeering small corners of the house to now having my own office with every organizational perk I’ve ever wanted. Like the journey to being published, my dream office took years to build.
Along the side of the board are charts outlining the typical plot points I’ll want to touch on in the hero and heroine’s journeys.
The cupboard is great for laying out materials I’ve gathered in research, not to mention all that filing space. I love filing space, which brings me to my next acquisition…
I use that spool of paper on the bottom right shelf when brainstorming. I write out ideas and connect them like a giant mind map diagram.
Of course, my desk is the heart of my writing center. My husband gave me the iMac for our anniversary last year. Isn’t he a sweetheart? It’s made a world of difference to my productivity--much less fatiguing than working on the old PC laptop and 100x faster. I use MS Office for Mac, and save my documents to Dropbox. That way, when I want to sit somewhere else to write or edit, the documents sync to my netbook.
A few weeks ago I added a RollerMouse Pro 2 to my ensemble. It’s a roller bar that sits below the keyboard so that you don’t have to keep reaching to the side for the mouse. Hopefully, this will relieve the repetitive strain of hours spent at the computer. I’m also contemplating adding a ball chair to help tone those stomach muscles at the same time. Yes, I’m serious! I see that they now sell them with swivel bases. Of course they wouldn’t offer the same toning benefit, but I’d hate to give up my ability to swivel because this is the other side of my desk.
One last item I want to share is a screenshot from my computer. For years I’d heard authors who use Macs rave about Scrivener software, so to celebrate the release of my debut novel last fall, I treated myself to the software. Ironically, now that I finally have a Mac, they’ve just released a PC version!
I’m currently using Scrivener to organize my next book. I’ve barely scratched the surface of its extensive capabilities, but I love how I can keep my research files, photos, character sketches etc., at my fingertips along the right sidebar, as well as, scene summaries, notes and a myriad of other details along the left sidebar. The screen pictured is called the storyboard which lines up all the notes I’ve made for each scene, or in this case, plot ideas I’ve collected. The only downside so far is the need to repeatedly export scenes to a Word doc to send to my critique partner.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this cyber walk through my office. Have I inspired any changes to your own workspace?
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