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…