My Writing Space
As you can see from the photo, my writing space is a little chaotic at the moment. This is due to the fact that it’s also my school space, my marketing space, my business space, my social media space… The list goes on. Unfortunately, as I live at home and only have this one room to keep my work, my desk serves as a multi-purpose area. Right now, it is mainly consumed by schoolwork as I sit here to read my textbooks, listen to lectures, and do homework. However, I want to take a few minutes to highlight the aspects of this space that are important to my creative life.
First, we have my posters, which each serve as reminders to me. “Though she be but little she is fierce” reminds me that being short/small isn’t a weakness. “Find joy in the journey” reminds me to live in the present, to appreciate the here and now. I have a tendency to just haul ass to my next goal and miss life along the way. And then “Dare to dream” reminds me that my ambitions are worth fighting for. I also have the Rust Creative mantra that came with the Artist Affirmation card deck that I bought. I just love how it validates art in such a melodic way and had to stick it to the wall as well.
Next up, we have my various author merch, which includes character art of Blake Solarin, Quinn Ballinger, Ajax Forrester, and Sebastian foster from my Guild Trilogy(in order from left to right in the top photo). I had these commission by my good friend Hunter Hardiman for my giveaway last year for Sacred Ruse and knew I needed to print off extras for myself. They remind me that my art is out there in the world, that these characters no longer exist solely in my head. And I also have my Silent candle which was custom made by Brittany at Novelly Yours Candles. I am so impressed with how it turned out, but I haven’t burnt it yet because I don’t have another one to keep as a memento. It’s kind of silly, because I can always keep the jar, but I’m super sentimental like that. The scent is Tulips, Autumn, and Fire, which may seem strange, but there’s a method to the madness, I promise. Tulips is because their the MC’s mother’s favourite flower, and the mother’s death if a driving force behind the conflict in the book. Autumn because I feel like the series has an autumnal vibe, everything on the cusp of life and death. And then fire because the main character is fiery and she just might let the world burn.
I guess the third thing I should address is my various notebooks. The brown one currently hosts the half complete first draft of Project Petra, my gender-bent Peter Pan retelling. The one to the right is my daily notebook. I write everything in here so that everything I need is in one place. This is where I pen my various to-do lists, where I keep track of school deadlines (the page you're seeing currently), progress, and grades, where I write up social media calendars and revision notes. It’s also where I keep track of my reads for the year and my goals. Think of it as a really chaotic bullet journal lol, but it does the job. Beside that is an actual agenda, which I mostly just use to keep track of school due dates. I transcribe these weekly into my daily notebook, but I keep the big picture in the agenda. The agenda also has monthly habit trackers, which I’ve neglected to use for at least 3 months. Oops. The bottom notebook is a new addition and I use it to keep track of author expenses and revenue.
The last thing I want to highlight before I wrap up this post is my whiteboard calendar. For the longest time, I didn’t have one of these and I tried to keep track of everything in notebooks, agendas, and google sheets, but I’m so glad I switched over. Being able to have a visual of all my major to-dos in one place is such a life saver. Blue is my book launch related Instagram posts, green is facebook posts, and read is other author stuff like street team challenges, ARC to-dos, and draft deadlines. I am a huge fan of colour coordinating because it really helps to separate different aspects of my author life.
And yeah, that’s all I really have for you today. Hopefully, sometime in the future, I’ll be able to update you guys with a more majestic and tidy space, but creativity is usually quite messy and you definitely can’t say that my writing space isn’t lived in.