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What’s My Writing Space Look Like?

Fellow blogger, Rebecca Bradley at Rebecca Bradley Crime (author of the DI Hannah Robbins detective stories, which I am not-so-patiently awaiting the next in the series) does a fun column where she interviews authors  about their first drafts. She always includes a request for a picture (or a description) of their writing space. This lurker’s peek into where brilliance is born is one of my favorite parts.

Naturally, I assumed you-all would like to see where I write. I have a warm home office that’s perfectly sized to avail me of my varied digital devices as well as piles of reference books I often refer to. Though my two monitors hide the view, if I crane my neck up and to the side, I get a glorious site of my verdant back yard with the occasional horse trotting by on our homeowner equestrian trail. Here’s a panorama, starting at my computer desk and swiveling counter-clockwise (without leaving my chair–love it):

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For those of you who have already seen my writing space, I’ve collected other offices of writers–some my blogging friends (shared with permission) and others from people who posted them as available to all. Take a look:

What does your writing space look like?

More on writing:

4 Ways to Plan Your Writing

Proofing Your Manuscript–Ten Tips

3 Desk Organizers You Need

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

52 thoughts on “What’s My Writing Space Look Like?

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  2. Jacqui what a cosy little writing nook you have. I am about to shuffle my space around today. Its hard working from the kitchen table on my art. But at least I have my desk in the corner for my writing. Love all the tech and two screens too.

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  4. I want your desk! To have that much desktop space would be wonderful. I used to have one almost that size but it broken into pieces during the last move.

    Before I had a computer, I used a small spiral notebook. I’d put it in my purse and go to the nearest McDonald’s, buy a diet Coke, and write at one of the smaller tables. Now then, why am I so obsessed with space?O_o

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    • It pretty much fills the room wall-to-wall. I don’t know how I’ll get it out of the room. Another reason to NOT move.

      I wish I could go out into the world and write. It seems too distracting. Maybe I’ll try it…


  5. That’s lovely, Jacqui! What a beautiful view out to your garden, so important to stop and stare at whilst gathering your thoughts. My study is on the top floor and overlooks our garden – perfect tranquility and often I see the White doves circling around.

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    • We have a vast swarm of blackbirds. About once a week, they are so loud and numerous, I can’t help but go out and see what’s going on. They fill the trees, and then the sky as they move to their evening sleeping places.

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  6. I love your desk!! (the one to your left). I’m in bad need of a better/large desk, and I’d love one just like that!! Mine’s currently this tiny white one that goes well with my ancient, 8-year-old white macbook

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  7. It looks so neat and tidy. Right now, my office space, especially my desk, has paper all over it because I’m in the middle of revising and don’t want to throw anything that I print out away.
    I like your idea with the two monitors. That’s something I must think about.

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  8. My space is actually posted as the background of my twitter account. I love writing by windows and being surrounded by unique or asthetically pleasing items. Your space seems very professional and efficient. Well done.😀

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  9. I L.O.V.E. your desk, Jacqui. It’s amazing! Your space is fantastic. 😀
    I have a desk loaded with desktop and necessary paraphernalia in a cubby with butter yellow walls, but since I acquired a laptop, I’m spoiled and use my dining-room table. The more work surface I have, the more junk surrounds me. :/

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  10. Your writing space is beautiful, Jacqui. You’ve maximized the area for optimal production. My own space is one not-big-enough desk with papers and notes frequently falling off. I have plans to convert one of our secondary bedrooms to an office/studio – someday.

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    • That’s what this is. We have four bedrooms and now only three. Which is still more than we need. I don’t mind clutter of relevant materials. It means I can find them quickly. Once I’ve filed things, it’s a challenge to figure out where.

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    • I’d love to see the inspirational boards–and the storyboards. My inspiration often comes from articles on the internet. I have alerts on Google for relevant stories and so often, I have to stop whatever I’m doing because an alert with a tantalizing headline shows up in my email.

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  11. What a great inspirational space! I have a small desk in my kitchen and a picture board with cute art and photos of my kids on the far back wall. Usually I research on the kitchen table but the space is cozy and it fits me 😊

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    • So many people love writing in internet cafes and coffee houses. Me, they’re too noisy. I don’t even play music while I work. You’re a kitchen table guy–another space I read a lot about from writing efriends.


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