I'm delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for Memories of Us by Vanessa Carnevale.
I've already reviewed this book Here
Today I'm being joined by the author who tells us about where and how she writes.
Welcome Vanessa, over to you.......
My Writing Space
When I first started writing fiction, I didn’t have a dedicated study and made do with working at the kitchen table before progressing to a corner of the house while the room that would one day become my writing room was occupied by dolls, dress-ups and way too many LEGO bricks. Eventually, to my children’s disappointment, I packed away the toys and relocated them into their respective bedrooms, finally reclaiming a space I could call my own.
I knew I wanted my writing room to feel special as well as calming so I filled it with white furniture, including a bookshelf and the day bed I’d had my eye on for months prior as I trawled through Pinterest boards for inspiration.
There are a few special things I keep in the room. I love collecting tea cups, and while it might seem a little odd to keep teacups in a writing room, it makes me happy to look at them and have them there with me. It love drinking tea, and it’s fun alternating cups each day. I think life’s too short to have them collecting dust in a cabinet, so I make sure I use them.
I also normally light a scented candle at my desk or turn my essential oil diffuser on. I also like to have fresh flowers on my desk and if I’m feeling stuck or need a break, I often go out to the garden to pick blooms. I can’t stand working at a cluttered or messy desk so I try to keep it as tidy as possible.As far as music goes, I normally have a playlist of instrumental music I create when I start a novel and listen to it each time I go to sit down to write. It helps get me into the mood and helps calm my mind so I don’t overthink what I’m writing.
I usually always have company in my writing room. Lucky, my fluffy white dog makes a great companion, usually sleeping at my feet. Whenever I go to roll the desk chair away from the desk I have to look out for him. Normally calling out to him before I go to move is enough to get him to wake up and scuffle away!
While the majority of writing happens at my desk on my set writing days, I usually take a notebook with me everywhere and do a lot of writing outside the home. Much of my writing is done in what I call ‘stolen moments,’ which are snatches of time where I can sneak words in, such as while waiting for my son in the car at football training. They all add up over time!