Wednesday, December 5, 2018

IWSG: A Writer's Desktop

Each month, I look forward to the first Wednesday, because that means it's time for the Insecure Writers' Support Group posts.

It's great fun to pop around to other writers' sites and read their posts for the month. You can hop around, too! Check out the full list of participants by clicking here.

This month's question: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?

My answer: Glancing around at my space, here are the first five things you'd notice:

1. Two monitors - this helps me SO MUCH with the writing process. When researching, I can have data up on one monitor while I'm writing on the other. When revising, I can have notes from a critique partner up on one monitor while I'm making changes to my manuscript on the other.

2. Notepads - I love notepads, and I utilize lists, but I tend to make lists by subject. As a result, I have multiple notepads surrounding me with writing lists, housekeeping lists, shopping lists, etc.

3. Eye glasses - rather than getting one pair of prescription eye glasses, I have tons of "readers." They're less expensive and more fun, but I have three pairs within reach right now. I think they're mating and reproducing somehow.

4. Post-it notes - I use these to make more lists and leave myself reminders about everything.

5. Story binder - my three ring binder contains pages and pages of notes regarding my current project, with sections on character details, plot details, and research notes.

How about you? What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?


  1. I completely forgot to list my 'readers'! I love the idea of opening one window with the research. I hadn't thought about doing that yet.

  2. You're big on notes! You can never have enough, I suppose. And Terry Pratchett used six or eight monitors, a big bank of them - it does save time!

  3. Two monitors is the way to go!
    I keep my stories in binders. It's easier to print them out and edit on real paper.

  4. I have two monitors also. I've started using Scrivener to take the place of physical binders and notes. I love having everything right there on the screen as I write. Happy holidays!

  5. Wow! What a great idea to have two monitors! Now, why didn't I ever think of that...?

  6. Two monitors...

    *shakes herself out of her daydream, then adds this to her list of items in her future Writing Room*