So, I swapped manuscripts with the lovely, kind, intelligent jmmcdowell for a beta read. I feel confident that my story is in better hands right now (as I’ve bypassed the obsessive stage and have nosedived into the psycho stage).
Without a 300-page manuscript demanding my attention 12 hours a day, I’m feeling frisky. So, this morning I decided to update my look.
No. I’m not getting a haircut or changing my wardrobe.
I’m going to organize my writing space!
The fact my study is small and cluttered has never bothered me before. I am one of those people who is extremely organized in her head, but not so much in her workspace. In fact, people who have happened to peek in are perplexed (read: aghast) that I work in such chaos. I know where everything is, but I am tripping, fumbling, shifting, making small piles bigger, dividing toppling piles into smaller ones, just to put my hands on a book or a pencil.
As my freelance jobs grow, I am being slowly, steadily choked out of my own workspace. I can’t even be guaranteed a chair to sit in. Here is a list of all the different tools that I use, most of which currently have no assigned place:
books/magazine subscriptions/writing guides/notebooks/journals
hard copies of my writing
loose sticky notes/inspirational quotes/blurbs from other writers/scrap paper galore
thumbtacks/paper clips/sticky pads
laptop/printer/printing paper/backup ink
loose paper from years of writing workshops/conferences
I would love to hear how other writers keep all their odds and ends organized so that their physical writing space is neat and tidy and accessible. If you have a suggestion about how I can improve my workspace, please comment freely!