So I’ve developed a really bad habit. I write almost exclusively on my laptop while comfortably nesting on my sofa – dangerously close to the kitchen, the television remote and my e-reader. During the final weeks of Goal 1, that set up worked well for me. Every day, I sat down and immediately had a story to sink my teeth into, so the distractions weren’t too detrimental. But now, while working on Goal 2, I’m finding the distractions are more entertaining than wrangling a blank page into shape.
When I was at my most productive, I had a whole room dedicated exclusively to office space. I had a nice, large desk with a standard desktop computer, a sizeable monitor, a full-sized keyboard and a window that overlooked my front flower bed. Best of all: the kitchen and the television were twenty-five-hundred square feet away.
Unfortunately, that room now belongs to my college-aged son.
I do have a desk space, but it’s much smaller, and honestly, I’m never comfortable with my keyboard on the desktop level, which is the end result of using a laptop on top of your desk. 🙂 Plus, as Terri and my mother will both tell you, I’m a total dork when it comes to filing. I don’t know why, but filing is my least favorite chore; therefore, my desk area is always covered in disorganized piles – not the most conducive layout for creativity.
Exhibit One: (Yikes. There’s a pair of socks on my desk. Socks? Really?)
So, in order to up my productivity, I’ve decided to reclaim my writing space. I did ALL the filing, put the socks in my dresser, and dug out an external keyboard. Not the most luxurious, professional space, but it’s a huge step up from sharing the couch with my dog.
Even better news, I have completely eliminated a line from my mile-long list of “productive procrastination tasks”!
Now that I have reclaimed my write space, watch out blank pages. I’m gunning for you!
Back when her twin sons were young enough for daily naps, Dawn Temple took advantage of those quiet moments to pursue her dream of becoming a published romance writer. Sneaking in an hour here and there paid off in 2005 when she sold her first book, To Have And To Hold, to Silhouette Special Edition. She managed to secret away enough time to write and sell the second book in her Land’s Cross series, Moonlight And Mistletoe, but alas, her boys outgrew naps and Dawn let go of those stolen moments with her laptop to enjoy life with her two little guys and her big guy, hubby of 21 years.
But now, as an officially retired stay-at-home mom, Dawn has once again found the time and the creative drive to return to writing, and this time around, she’s set her sights on independent publishing. Her first self-published book, Peace of Heart, is scheduled for release in 2017.