I am writing this blog post from the spot pictured above. My very own writing room. Nice, right? I’m wondering why I didn’t think of this sooner.
I have a three bedroom house and I’ve written in every room trying to find a spot to call my own. I used the family computer room for a while until I got complaints about hogging the computer. I used the dining room table with my laptop but it’s an open space and the distractions were constant. I’ve written on the couch, in the bed and even the bathroom. None of them were ideal.
Then 4th of July weekend I had an epiphany. Why not use the FROG? The furnished room over the garage used to be the kid’s playroom. They are teenagers now and the toys have been replaced with some exercise equipment, a television and a futon. No one goes up there.
A quick trip was made to the local Wal-Mart to buy a desk and bookcase. An overnight assembly was required and the next morning I moved all my things upstairs. Yes! It is beautiful! Finally. A place to call my own.
What do you think? What does your writing space look like?
I know I haven’t blogged much about my writing lately. It’s not because I haven’t been writing. Nope. It’s because I am caught in editing hell.
I have a novel that took me two years to complete. Now it seems as if it will take me at least twice that long to edit the thing. Maybe I need some outside motivation to speed things along.
November is National Novel Writing Month. I have never participated but I like the concept. I know it is for creating new work but I figure I can use it to speed up my editing. I have to try something because at my current rate it will be another two years before I finish. I can’t afford to waste that much time.
Anyway, that’s my plan. I hope this works. No one wants to be stuck in hell.
I pulled out my novel to continue making revisions and remembered that I have two different versions. I originally wrote the story in first person. Based on advice from a former editor, I have several chapters written in third person. So, I had to stop and ask myself: What Person Am I?
The majority of the things I write are in first person. Like 99%. I am most comfortable with this point of view. Two of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult and Eric Jerome Dickey, use this point of view. I read everything they write and study their forms.
But I enjoy the third person point of view as well. I just don’t feel like it is my strength. It feels like forcing a right-handed person (me) to only write with their left. Sure you can read it but it’s not as pretty.
Do you have a preference? What’s your favorite point of view? First person or third person?
Seems as if the universe is trying to tell me something. Will I listen this time or die a slow death?