We're delighted to welcome our new columnist, Barb Han, to the Pink Heart Society today. Barb is talking about her workspace and discussing the pros and cons of different places for different jobs.
When you ask a romance writer where she gets most of her writing done, you’re likely to feel like you’ve tripped and landed in a fairy tale world with three little pigs when she answers. This chair is too hard. This one is too soft. It’s too noisy there. A healthy buzz and loads of chaos keep me energized. I doubt any two writers would give the same response…unless it’s Starbucks. Plenty of writers end up there.
For me, it’s all about the rain (more about that in a minute).
But I was most curious about what others thought. After a quick (and totally non-scientific) poll about where my family and friends think I write, I learned the following…
Pretty, but who can see the computer screen with all that glare? And, seriously, I’m on the beach to write?
Heck no, I’m running through that sand, frolicking, and probably wearing a bikini just to frighten the neighbors away.
Also nice but the floor is rather shiny. Don’t you think that that'd end up being more than a little distracting?
Now we’re finally getting somewhere.
My non-writing family and friends are most surprised to learn that I don’t like writing in bright, sunny spaces. I guess they think of writers as they do other artists, like painters.
Give me a dark cave and a thunderstorm and I’ll give you 5,000 solid words a day.
But since I don’t live in Seattle…
Where I actually write
Since I live in the sunshine state (Texas) and there are no caves within driving distance (or awesome dark libraries), I settle for bouncing between a comfy chair in the living room and the kitchen table while listening to Thunderstorms on YouTube.
Hey, whatever gets the job done, right?
And where I never get any writing done (my office)
It’s a great space, really. I promise that I have nothing against it. I even picked out the furniture myself. So, you’d think that I’d be uber-productive there. But this is where editing gets done and my creative brain needs to be on the go when it’s thinking up a new story.
But enough about me. I’d rather hear what works for you…
Do you have a special place to go when you need to concentrate?
Barb Han's latest book, Gut Instinct, is available now:
FBI agent Luke Campbell has never been more determined to catch the serial killer who’s eluded him for two years. Because this time the monster is after Julie, the ex he walked out on when he returned from Iraq, emotionally scarred and burdened by a secret. Now Luke will do anything-even risk his life-to protect Julie and regain her trust.
But it’s a tense race against time. Defying FBI rules, Luke keeps Julie by his side throughout a harrowing chase. Once they’re finally at a safe house, it’s clear to him that the passion they once shared hasn’t cooled. Can Luke redeem himself and keep evil away from the woman he refuses to let go of again?