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Have Space, Will Write (Where do you do it?)

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

This photo is the view from my writing desk here at the new digs. Yep, that pretty much sold me on this place.

Where I write is a big part of how well the process goes for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m no prima donna. I can write anywhere, and have—while idling in a carpool line, sitting on the . . . well, uh . . . *cough* . . . you know . . . and also while shivering in a paper robe while waiting for a mammogram. I could go on, but those last two probably drew pictures in your brain that will change your definition of The Naked Truth forever. At least I didn’t post visual aids. This time. You’re welcome.  🙂

Point is, I write when the opportunity exists, even if it isn’t convenient, especially when there’s a deadline to meet. But just because I can write anywhere doesn’t mean that’s my preference. The photo above is a good example of my preferred sort of writing place. Calm. Peaceful. I love it. And even though my small desk is right in the middle of things, I’ve been productive here.

In our old place, I had an office upstairs with a big desk, a filing cabinet, lots of supplies, and ooh-gobs of space with a nice window view of our neighborhood. It was comfy, filled with family photos and mementos. My writing muses included three stuffed dragons—Edgar, Allan, and Poe—and a wood spirit carved by my Dad. A bulletin board over the desk was filled with writerly notes and quotes and, well, just a lot of stuff I didn’t want to forget. I was productive there, too, and couldn’t imagine a better place to write. (Edgar, Allan, and Poe have been banished to the guest room due to lack of space, but the wood spirit still watches over me.)


Much has been made in blogs and writer magazines about “the writer’s space.” For some writers, only certain spaces will do. I’ve read the recommendation that writers should set aside a specific area where they write, a spot that is designated for nothing else. The idea is that the place itself, being used for writing only, will be a trigger for creativity. Sort of a “have space, will write” idea. I don’t know if this is true because, as mentioned above, I can write anywhere. What I will admit is that when I’m at my desk, looking out over the beautiful outdoors, taking time to look up from my work to watch the wildlife, my writing flows better than anywhere else. There’s an energy I feel here that I’ve not felt elsewhere, and I’m grateful to have found it.

What about you? What’s your work place like? I’m curious about the space thing because I’ve been so surprised by my productivity in our new home. It’s smaller and I’ve less privacy than before, yet somehow this place has balanced my writer’s spirit like no other.

Do you need a particular place to write, or can you set up shop anywhere? If you aren’t a writer, is there a hobby you have or particular work you do that is best done in a special environment? Where are you the most productive?

Oh, before I forget, Love Built to Last will be available in audio within the next few weeks. My narrator, Pam Dougherty, has done such a wonderful job bringing these characters to life. There is one part where she read with such emotion that I cried, which is no small feat considering I’m the one who tortured these characters to begin with. This is an exciting first for me, having my work in audio format. Love to Believe and Love to Win will be available in audio soon, too! I’ll keep you posted.

See you next week. Thanks for reading. I appreciate you!

Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last, Love to Believe, or Love to Win in eBook or print just click the book cover on this blog’s sidebar. Autographed copies are available for purchase on my HOME page. 🙂  And audio versions are in the works!

14 Responses to "Have Space, Will Write (Where do you do it?)"

  1. Comment by Pat Wahler
    July 26, 2017 at 9:14 am  

    For me, writing space is about habit. Sitting at my desk means I’m going to write. Jotting ideas, outlining, or creating small chunks of prose can happen anywhere, and nearly always as pen and paper. But when I’m getting serious, I sit at my desk. No distractions either. The blinds are closed.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm  

      Do you listen to any music, Pat? Or burn candles? I can’t listen to music, but I do burn a candle when I write. Don’t ask me why, but it helps me think.

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 26, 2017 at 10:06 am  

    Hmmm…There was a time when I needed to be at my desk–and my desk has windows at either side; I need to look out and see the world, the trees, the birds–but now, not so much. I’ve been writing out on my screened porch, the porch at Tybee, too. I need a table, a firm chair, and a view. But probably I could manage with just a view.

    (So thrilled for the audio book–how exciting, Lisa! Can’t wait to hear what’s next!)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm  

      Yes, the view! I find I work better with a view, too, which is why this new place is a great spot for my writing. What about you, Cath? Music when you write, or quiet?

  3. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    July 26, 2017 at 11:38 am  

    Lisa–I don’t have a dedicated place to write. We have a spare bedroom and I’ve been working on making it into a writing space as well as a place for guests to stay… but it’t not quite ready yet.

    Sometimes I write better in a different spot. A coffeehouse. A library. Alongside my students. Sometimes mixing things up helps the words flow.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm  

      I envy you that. I can write anywhere, and have, as I mentioned. But I do better when I’m in my spot. 🙂

  4. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    July 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm  

    Well, if there is a certain space for me, I have yet to find it. 🙂 I pretty much keep pen and paper nearby at all times. I love your beautiful new view and am so happy to hear you love it too! Best wishes on all the great writing that will take place in your new home.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm  

      Thanks, Deb. Do you do a lot of your writing longhand, or is that just for jotting ideas that come to you at odd times?

  5. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    July 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm  

    I had a lovely place where I worked from home in Ohio. A bedroom with a view of our backyard and my own bathroom and a kitchenette in the next room. I loved working from there even in the winter when the trees were bare and I saw the freeway that was behind our house. I liked watching the traffic go by. 🙂

    I don’t have such a good view now — and like you, much less space — but since I’m retired it doesn’t matter too much and the warmer weather in Florida is a great trade-off.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm  

      Well, I don’t know if I’d call the warmer weather the trade-off. For me, it’s the beach! 🙂

  6. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 26, 2017 at 11:30 pm  

    How exciting to have your books on audio. And oh be still my heart. The view you have now is almost as good as the beach for me. I write best when it is quiet int he house. I don’t think a coffee house would work for me, because I am a people watcher/listener. The things I heard to day!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 27, 2017 at 5:52 pm  

      Do you write at the beach? It’s funny, but I don’t. Aside from how difficult it would be—the heat, the sand, etc.—the beach is my soul-seeking place, the place I’m quiet and introspective. But I do prefer to write with a view (Cathy Hall mentioned that she also works better with a view of the outdoors) and find that without that I tend to get antsy. If you do write at the beach, is it greatly productive for you?

  7. Comment by Tomi Rues
    July 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm  

    So happy for you! While I was reading your post the thought came to me that maybe in your old house there were so many memories and different roles you played, in your new house you are starting a new chapter and forming new experiences. How exciting!!
    Congratulations on your new audiobook – wow!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm  

      Hmm. I hadn’t thought of that, Tomi, but you might be right! Creating new routines and new habits that weren’t there before may have a hand in my productivity. I’ll have to mull that over.

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