Hi. Barb Here.
In past posts, Lea Wait has taken us on a tour of her writing study and her day, Kaitlyn Dunnett has shown us the evolution of her study as technology has changed and Vicki Doudera has shown us the fantasy-come-true spot where she writes in the summer.
Since it always astounds me how many questions even non-writers ask about a writer’s environment and habits whenever I do a panel or presentation, I thought I’d answer some questions about where I write.
It looks from the pictures like you have two studies. Is this true?
Yes. The blue study is at the top of our house facing north. It’s my “thinking” study. It’s for problem-solving, sketching, time-lining, even writing by hand which is something I do when I am really stuck. And revising and copy-editing on paper.
The green study is where I carry one the “business of writing”, answering e-mails, filling out marketing questionnaires from my publisher, doing volunteer work for Sisters in Crime New England and New England Crime Bake, Level Best Books business, etc. Also, because the “good” computer is here, I do a fair amount of the actual getting-it-down-on-the-page part of writing here. What you can’t see in the pictures is the room has a big sliding door to a balcony and a southern exposure.
Do you feel guilty that you have two studies when your husband who also writes has to rent space outside your home to work?
Well, yes and no. When we gut-renovated our home and both of us were working long hours outside the house, the open plan seemed like a great idea. (The blue study is a loft and the green study is an open space off the kitchen.) But after about five months of both being home all day, we had to admit it wasn’t working.
He claims he was annoying me by breathing. This is a slight exaggeration. He was annoying me by breathing in our living room during daylight hours. There’s a difference. Anyway, he’s rented office space in a commercial building half a block from us and we are both happy and incredibly more productive. It’s short money and much cheaper than a divorce.
As the saying goes, “For better or for worse, but not for lunch.”
These studies look suspiciously tidy. Did you clean them for these photos?
Why do you think I am posting these photos a year and a half after we started this blog? I had to wait until the studies were clean enough to stage for the photos. As it is, there is a pile of crapola outside the frame.
Is crapola a fiction-writing term?
If it isn’t, it should be. Despite the vast amounts of stuff stored on my hard-drive and somewhere in the cloud, fiction-writing still generates a ridiculous amount of crapola.
Of course, not all the crapola is mine. Some of it is generated by my husband’s hobbies of
–saving cords for small appliances and electronics we no longer own
–saving small electronics no longer useable in this century
–collecting cookbooks he no longer uses because he finds all the recipes he needs on the web.
You sound bitter.
Actually, no. I mean I know I sound bitter, but I’m not. We all have our foibles.
Perhaps we’ll let him guest blog someday and he can tell you about mine.
Or maybe not. The more I think about it, that sounds like a terrible idea.
Can we have a tour of your studies?
What is your workplace like?