(NB Blogger kept loading the pictures upside down and refuses to switch them around. I have no idea why ...Michelle Styles)
When the gals at the Pink Heart Society told me I'd be blogging on the Writer's Workspace day, I sort of panicked. First off, my office is either relatively neat…or a complete and utter disaster. At the end of a book…that's right disaster. But…I agreed anyway, realizing, that if nothing else, I could share how messy my writing life can be.
Currently I'm writing my spring release from Amazon's Montlake Romance, entitle Behind the Lies. I'm having a lot of fun with that book, but as you can tell from all the colors, there are quite a few little threads weaving through the story. I've written all my books at this desk. I roll out of bed at 5 am, and pretty much before I wake up and can avoid the story, I write for ninety minutes. Then, of course, the day job kicks in. You can't see it, but at my feet is a small heater. In the wintertime, that sucker comes in mighty handy.
My best investment…a great chair. I sit at that computer far too long not to have a comfy place for 'butt in the chair, hands on keyboard' (BICHOK).
So…my writing process is that I write a fast draft. It's about 75-80% of the words needed. Typically all the scenes are there, but it's more like who does what, when, and overall how they feel. My beta reader, Claire, calls it my cerebral version. It's when I'm figuring things out. I love the fast draft, because even though I plan my story, all kinds of cool stuff happens during the writing process. So, what do I do after I fast draft? Well, I revise it and beef it up on the screen…then I take a bath. Yep. That picture is my awesome bathtub…with bubbles and candles no less. That's where I do my first critique. I can't read on the screen. I have to print it out. I don't know what it is, but the story reads differently on paper than on the screen.
So, each chapter gets a soak in a bubble bath. Then it's time for the final read. And another location. I have a comfy wingback chair that's pretty much just for reading my third through umpteenth versions of my book as I polish the story. I'm surrounded by books. If you could read some of the titles, you'd find books on weapons, poisons, and various ways to do people in. I write romantic suspense, after all.
So MY writing workspace moves from place to place, but it works for me. I'd love to know if you have a spot in your house that's your favorite. The tub, the patio, a comfy chair…the kitchen, beside the fireplace. Comment and earn a chance to win an autographed copy of my latest release, Cowboy in the Crossfire (which I wrote at the desk, critiqued in the tub and edited in the wing back).
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