Saturday, May 05, 2012

Writer's Workspace: Tracy Wolff plus giveaway

Today PHS visits with Tracy Wolff and finds where she creates her books. Leave a comment at the end to be put in the giveaway

I have friends who have to listen to music when they write, friends who have a little writing ritual that they do before they start, other friends who can’t have any distractions around them when they write or who have to be in the same spot every time they write.

I am not one of those writers.  I have no particular ritual, no particular spot, and when the writing is going well, I can write through a nuclear blast (or three very rambunctious boys and their assorted friends).  But I do get bored easily, so the one thing I do like to shake up is my workplace—around the house and outside of it.

Mornings usually find me sitting cross-legged on the game room floor, trying to get 2500 words in before I have to wake the boys up for school.  After I drop them off (at different schools) I decide where I want to write.  Depending on my mood, I head to Barnes and Noble, Panera’s, Starbuck’s, or another local coffee house.  Or I head to my friend Sherry Thomas’s house, where we write in between gossip sessions (LOL).  Or I go the gym, do my workout and then write in their coffeeshop.  Or, if it isn’t 1000 degrees out (I live in Texas), I head to the local park and take up residence at one of the picnic benches.   I do this because I find if I go home, I end up finding something else to do—reading, talking on the phone, cleaning the house, sleeping. 

After I get the boys from school, help them with homework and get dinner started, I usually spend an hour stretched out in the living room, either writing or doing the non-writing parts of a writer’s life (answering email, publicity stuff, etc.)  Then I quit until after bedtime, which is when I usually end up kneeling next to my bed and trying to squeeze between 1000 and 2000 words out before I go to bed.  More often than not, I actually fall asleep—face in computer—and wake up fifteen minutes later with a long line of one letter spreading through my manuscript …  On the two nights a week when I teach my college classes, I have been known to try to squeeze those words in while my students are on break or taking a test. 

So  I guess the only thing consistent about my work space is its inconsistency, though my schedule is pretty much set in stone—thanks to my other commitments.  How about you?  Do you have a room you like to work in at home or do you do work wherever the mood strikes you?  Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of the first two books in my Atlanta trilogy: From the Beginning and Healing Dr. Alexander.

Back Cover Blurb for Healing Dr. Alexander:

This was not his professional plan. Dr. Jack Alexander—dedicated surgeon and humanitarian—never expected an accident would end his time in the O.R. Nor did he expect to have to abandon his aid work. Now, back in Atlanta, he's faced with rebuilding his career…his life. And his hope for the future comes from the least likely source—the little family next door.

From the first moment he spots Sophie Connors having a water fight with her young sons, Jack is captivated. She defies all of his assumptions about family and relationships. Too bad she resists committing. Somehow he has to change her mind. Because together they may find that life doesn't always turn out the way you planned…sometimes, it turns out even better.
To learn more about Tracy Wolff visit her website


  1. 2500 words before the kids get up???? Wow. In a word, wow.
    Off to hang my head in shame now!

  2. I'm an aspiring author, and I tend to write whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. I'm not someone who would want to feel confined to an office, when the weather gets warm I like to be able to just go old school and pick up a pen and some paper and head out into the sunshine.

  3. Thank you for the insight into how you write. I am full of awe that anyone can write a book as I sure couldn't do it. I love that you like variety in where you work.

  4. hi, i work whenever the mood struck me:), arethazhenATrocketmailDOTCOM

  5. I'm in awe of the number of words you produce each day! I would like to be able to work anywhere, but most of what I do isn't portable, and I can never get the hang of my laptop.

  6. Go my room to work or the compute room,
    Any winner from march post, thanks

    Congrats on books and great reviews

  7. I don't know how you do it, Tracy. Amazing. Simply amazing.

    I sometimes write poetry, and I find the words flow best when I'm a passenger in the car. No radio. No distractions. Just me and my pencil/pen tapping out the beat, with me repeatedly reciting what I have so far. When desperate, I try to be near a computer/thesaurus to help with the choice of words to rhyme.