All the authors who participated in the spotlight included a photo of their workspace. Mine was a photo of my bed, my two dogs who are constantly laying next to me, notepads, pens and laptop thrown haphazardly where they land on the covers. Mine was the first listed. As I scrolled down and checked out the other authors neat and tidy offices I quickly realized that although I hadn’t put any thought toward it, maybe I needed to think about my writing environment!
The one that really got me was my good friend and fellow Inkspell author, Stephanie Keyes (The Star Child Series). Her office looks more like a hospital planning room. Everything is clean. You could eat off any surface, her desk unbelievably tidy and the scariest part of it all – a board behind her with color-coded post-it notes. After seeing that, I knew I needed to up my game.
So I took a week to plan out my perfect office environment in my head. (Otherwise known as procrastinating.) When I was ready, I began to clean out my home office, which somehow over time had managed to accumulate a big screen television and a sectional couch in it.
I cleaned the office. I cleaned the storage closet. I organized my supplies. I hung dry-erase boards and calendars on the walls. I bought multi-colored post-its so that I too could color code. I was ready and the office was functional. All I could think was, “Watch out, Steph, I’ve got a super office too!”
So I sat in there. I tried to edit in there. I fidgeted at the computer desk. I eventually moved over to the sectional couch. I wrote a couple things on post-its, but forgot to even look at them. As I write this, I’m sprawled back out on my bed with notepads, pens and supplies thrown here and there and two dogs lying at my side. I wasted a lot of time, energy and money on setting up an office I’ll never use, but I did learn one thing. I don’t need all that to write. I work best with my own brand of organization. Sure it appears to be chaos to anyone else, but it works for me and I get to lay around in bed to do it.