Today Shirley Jump invites us to take a look at her Writer's Workplace.
When I sold my first book, I dreamed of a writer’s space that would rival the best offices. One tucked away from the rest of the house, with a huge desk, tons of storage, a door that could shut and lock, and a big comfy chair to curl up in while I wrote. I finally found that office in the house we live in currently, but have found I still spend my time in the main house, because frankly, I like being plugged in. I like seeing the kids walk by or having a quick conversation with them about their day. I like being close to the “action” though a little set apart by sitting in my favorite chair by the windows.
Outside those windows is a set of birdfeeders, which provide a constant flutter of activity for me to watch (and for the dogs and cats to watch, too). The kitchen is steps away, so a hot cup of tea is almost always at hand. The laundry is just down the hall—both a bonus and a curse. The TV is almost always on, not because I’m watching it, but because I found after the kids started going to school full-time that I missed the noisy environment I’d had when they were home.
So my writer’s workspace is actually an oversized chair in the great room, with a little cubby nearby filled with the current info I need for paying bills or doing research or whatever. It’s right in the center of the house, and a room away from the real office, which mostly gathers dust and holds my files. I love this cozy little space even if sometimes I complain about interruptions and noise (I know, I know, never happy, LOL).
You know why? Because I love being around my family. I feel very blessed that I make enough money to stay home and do a job that I love and still be able to go to the soccer games and parent-teacher meetings and to put dinner on the table at the end of the day. I am plugged in, in so many ways, and that to me, is a wonderful gift that I treasure.
So my writer’s space is just that—a space—but one that gives me time with my family, which is the greatest treasure of all. It’s not just a space, it’s a home, and that spirit, I hope, is wrapped up in every book I write.