Welcome to my part in the Morgan McCarthy blog tour for the fabulous Strange Girls and Ordinary Women. If you missed my review of it, you can find it here.
I don't have a defined study or workspace at home - I have a laptop and I've written on the sofa, in the garden on sunny days, or in bed on lazy ones. Usually, though, I write at the table in the breakfast room. There are two main benefits to this. Firstly, I'm close to the fridge, which is very important. Secondly, the room has french windows overlooking the garden, and so I remember to actually look up from the screen and break the long periods of shortened eye focus. For this reason I always put out food for the birds, which keep me entertained. If I'm stuck or procrastinating, however, I find myself getting over-involved with their lives: keeping an eye on one that seems a bit lost and scraggy, or getting frustrated with the robin's relentless bullying.
Indoors, I like things to be visually harmonious, especially while I'm working. I don't like to write in a messy or cluttered space; I can't settle down as easily. (Though my need to tidy everything before I start could equally be more procrastination). For the same reason I don't listen to music as I write; either it itches away at my ears and makes everything too busy, or as soon as I become absorbed in my work I tune it out completely.
Miss Chapter x