Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Welcome to our writing spaces!

by Tami Brothers and (directly below) Darcy Crowder

Once upon a time…

No, that’s not it. Too whimsical.

In the Beginning…

Nope, that’s not it either. How about….

The life and times of a romance writer…

Uuggghhhh! What am I thinking?

Hi. My name is Tami Brothers and this is where the magic happens.

Hhhmmmm. Better, but still a little stale.


Have you ever wondered how it all begins? The above lines are exactly the process I go through each time I sit down to start a new story or even pick up from where I left off before. Yet until I have slogged through this jumble of indecisiveness, I’m unable to crawl into the heads of my characters. This routine can be quite frustrating, especially when there are so many distractions in today’s world.

As I sit at my computer desk (the same one in the picture above), I find myself constantly turning to the right to gaze out the window at the beautiful Knockout Roses planted outside. When that’s not enough to distract me, I can always turn towards the 42 inch TV attached to the wall on my left (hubby’s idea of a perfect office, not mine!). See where I’m going with this?

Something I love about my writing space that has quickly turned into the biggest distraction of all is its central location to the rest of the house. I’m smack dab in the middle of everything, just off of the living room (through a set of glass French doors). I love it because I feel like I’m a part of the family even when I’m working. On the other side of the wall behind the computer is the laundry room. This is great so I can, you know, multitask. Then there’s the kitchen located between the computer station and the TV, which actually I’ve been known to burn what I’m cooking because the computer tends to distract me from that. Finally, there are the little things like the bills stacked on the corner of the desk, the books lining the bookcases that surround the room and the internet access that flashes like a beacon calling my name. As lovely and wonderful as it all seems, is it a surprise that I honestly can’t write in this room?

Instead, whenever I’m deep inside the heads of my characters, I can usually be found sitting on the couch with my laptop or even on my bed with my Alphasmart. So, although I’m showing this nice computer desk and wonderful room as my writing space, I actually do all the real work when I’m not sitting there.

And that’s how it all really begins. Go figure…


Carol Burnside said...

LOL, Tami! Just wait until you read my post on Thursday. It's eerily similar.

Dorthy said...

lol. Go figure, you set up the "perfect" place only to find out that it doesn't work. :-)

What might I ask is an Alphasmart?

Christine said...

I love my office but I write all over the house... I need variety.

Marilyn Baron said...

Aha! Another writer who writes in a chair. I may be the only one left who actually sits at my computer to write. When I sit in a comfortable chair or on the couch I tend to fall asleep.

But your office looks really nice.

Marilyn Baron

Maxine Davis said...


I love your desk area!! And so neat!

You look ready to write sitting on that sofa. I say, write where you get the most done!

Marilyn, make that two. I, also, sit at my desk (why not? it looks like everything I own is there too!) Sometimes when it is nice weather I sit on the deck. Just not this week!!!


Susan May said...

I wish my space looked so neat! Nice post.

Michelle said...

I've burned stuff too! Back when my office was next to the kitchen I hated being so central. Love your green computer!

Darcy Crowder said...

LOL. I get distracted too. I can just see you getting pulled from one thing to the next. Grin. As always, I'm amazed at what you can get accomplished with so much going on in your life!

Sally Kilpatrick said...

I've settled on the end of the breakfast room table for the moment so I know all about the benefits and hassles of a central location. My biggest problem is that I'll get too absorbed in what I'm writing only to discover that Lorelai is dismantling something.

I can't believe how neat everyone's desk is.

Ana Aragón said...

Hey, Sally, did you take a look at mine? I AM NOT neat!

Tami, I don't know how you can sit on the couch and write. I'll fall asleep.

Great pics and you look SO comfortable!


Tami Brothers said...

Hi Everyone! Sorry to be so late in responding but I had work all day and then this is the first week back to school. My last semester and then I’ll have my BS degree in Business. Yay!!!

Hey Carol. I’m really looking forward to your post. I can totally see how we would be similar. I even remember a picture from your personal writing blog with the glass French doors into your office area (I think). Can’t wait!!!

Hi Dorothy! Thanks a ton for visiting with us today!
I LOVE my Alphasmart. Here’s a link to the site that sells them. www.alphasmart.com
This is a really cool battery powered, word processing unit. This is for typing only, no internet connection (which is my weakness whenever I get onto a computer). Mine is the AlphaSmart 3000. It’s about 3 pounds and easy to take anywhere. I’ve had this for 3 years now and have only changed the batteries once. I changed them then only because they had been going for 2 ½ years and I was worried they just had to die someday…grin…
Stephanie Bond really promoted hers at her most recent workshops. If you haven’t looked into them yet, I highly recommend one. It’s super easy to convert the information to a Word document by hooking up a cable to your regular computer and hitting send.

Hi Christine! I know what you mean. I’m everywhere. But I do have an issue with time. I wrote my first book from 4 am to 7 am. It was awesome. You think I can do that now? Nope. I can’t even make myself roll out of bed then. I’m hoping once school is finished I can reconnect with a schedule of some kind! Keep writing!

Hey Marilyn! I will say that I didn’t use to. Honestly, I HAD to be sitting at my computer to get anything written. I’m finding I’m adapting more the longer I’m on this journey. Not sure yet if this is a good thing. I’ll let you know as soon as I get published…grin…


Tami Brothers said...

Hi Maxine! I have to admit that the deck is one place I can NOT write. No matter how much I try, I just haven’t been able to do it. Funny you should mention the clean desk. This is the before school starts look. After this week, I’ll have books and folders stacked on the floor to the right and the desk covered with paper I’m working on. There are usually sticky notes posted here and there (that I make myself consolidate at the end of each week in case one of them looses their stickiness). As soon as the semester is over, everything gets cleared away and filed in a Rubbermaid container in case I need it again in the future. This usually lasts a few weeks before it all begins again. I wonder what it will look like after May. Maybe I’ll borrow Darcy’s idea and add a bulletin board and post my story arcs…hmmmm…. Great idea.

Hi Susan!!! Like I said to Maxine, you should see it next week…grin…

Hey Darcy! The best thing I can say to explain all that is lots and lots of lists. I think I mentioned on one of Marilyn’s posts once that I by a bunch of those cute little notebooks and write up my lists. I LOVE checking things off and then consolidating the things I still have to do onto nice clean sheets of paper. I have a few lists, though, that just seem to never dwindle down… I need to be more diligent on those.

Thanks for sharing the day with me!!!

Hi Sally!! You have little ones, though. That is actually the key. Just wait until they get a bit older and things will calm down some. Of course, then it’s harder to blame some of the mess on them. I miss those days. Now the kid is old enough (or brave enough, not sure which) to call me on it… Darn him!

Whether you are sitting at a desk or the end of the table, as long as you are getting those words down on paper (or computer screen), that’s what really matters. Keep up the great work!!!

Hi Ana! I will admit that this is a very comfy couch. LOVE IT!!! And, we have this really cool coffee table where the top is on springs and can be lifted up so it is like a little table so you can sit and eat at it, work on homework, or even set the laptop on it. Very cool and one of the best investments we ever made.


Sandy Elzie said...

I'm later than you!!! Love your post, but I agree with Ana, I'd fall asleep on the sofa. For me, gotta treat it like a job...at a desk with the rare exception of working while we drive somewhere (Alpha Smart) or sitting on the deck in the sun...whenever it shows up and it's above 70 degrees!


J Perry Stone said...

That's so funny. I know a lot of people who can't write at their prescribed "space." You're a busy woman. You write where you can.

You're also a brave woman. If there was a TV in the near vicinity of my office, I'd be lost.

Linsey Lanier said...

Funny post, Tami.

My workspace is away from it all, but it's still easy to get distracted. I do sometimes migrate to the bedroom with a printout of a scene or two. Glad you have found a way to take it with you!


Tami Brothers said...

Hi Sandy!!! Haven’t fallen asleep yet. Actually, I have a tough time taking naps. The only time I can actually fall asleep other than at bedtime is if I’m really sick. Thanks for commenting.

Hey JP! That is my weakness. But I’ve found if I don’t turn it on, I’m good. I have missed out on a lot of TV time with school, so I’m sadly behind on a lot of the sitcoms I used to watch. I think I might have issues with that very thing, though, once school is out and I can start watching them again. If hubby didn’t want that tv there, I certainly wouldn’t have put it there.

Hi Linsey! Thanks for commenting!!! I can’t wait to see yours!!!

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. I had fun with this!!!!