Writing space…

Last week, I rambled about point of view, and the tendency for people to be fairly rude online.  Monday evening was spent on Chapter 1, switching my POV from first to third.  It was easy enough, in spite of a wonky mouse but as I went along I realized that I really hate the beginning of this story.  I’ve changed it around ten or twenty times already and so far nothing is making me happy.  I moved a major event up in the story, which is a good thing but now I am still trying to cram the same amount of stuff into a smaller space.  It’s not working.

Needless to say I am once again reworking the beginning and therefore, I am not any farther in my revisions.  I am going to chalk this up to progress though.  This process is definitely moving me forward and I can’t really complain because right now any progress is ten times more than a few weeks ago.

So, today while I was trying to streamline things and work on a new outline, I straightened out my writing space.  It’s a fair assumption that sometimes I clean my desk as a delay tactic.  I mean back in college the only time I would really clean out my closet was when finals rolled around.  When you think about it, that’s pretty good for a college student to clean out the closet twice a year.  Anyhow, I feel that having a clean, organized space is often conducive to getting work done.  I figured as I sorted papers and put things away that I could let stuff roll around in the back of my head and maybe come out the other end with some good ideas.

My desk is fairly good at multitasking, writing space, household management, drop off point for random items from around the house, and of course, the gateway to most of my internet activities.  Needless to say my desk gets overrun with detritus of various origins and periodically I have to clear everything off and start over.  Today was just a minor search and seizure sort of cleaning but the pictures below are from the last major overhaul.

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I built this desk about eight years ago.  It looks really cluttered but this is how it looks when it’s clean.  Honest.  That’s Jericho snoozing on the corner.

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I built the bookcase a little after the desk and  modified it last year.  I made room by removing the middle shelf and added some dry erase and magnetic boards to keep some of my visual inspiration close at hand. 

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This closeup picture is a bit blurry but you get the general gist of how I am using the boards.

The colored folders on the right hold my main notes for the different stories in the series that I am working on now.  I’ll check to see if I’ve posted about them before, either way I will follow up with a link to the previous post or in a future post.  

The stack of books on the left are various books resources on writing, I’ve even read some of them.

I have clipboards hanging on the inside of either end where I have other notes like character descriptions, maps, floorplans and other various information.

I got this set up last year but then ultimately stalled on my revisions.  As I work on the new outline, I plan on doing more with the boards to keep me on top of everything.

I think next week I will post about some online tools that I have found to be helpful.

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