Gee, it's been a while since I've been on here! My apologetic explanation can only be, "I've been busy writing my novel, Miss." 236 days into the Big Project and I have, at last, reached my favourite part of the process: rewriting and editing. Correcting a sloppy metaphor here and there, adding extra scenes to make it hang together better, restructuring sentences so the pacing improves.... oh boy, do I know how to have a good time!
With every rewrite the beast improves, and my writing has been helped by my new writing space. Until now, I didn't really have a dedicated place to work, but that's all changed now that I've colonised the newly spare room. (Ha! Take that, long-suffering boyfriend's plan for a home-office!) Until recently, we had a lodger in here, but instead now what we have in here is.... me.
I used to write in a sundry collection of places: first, in the alcove-desk that the LSB built in the living room for me. That didn't work, because the living room's a through-corridor to the kitchen, and I kept getting interrupted by people telling me what they were having for tea. [I DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILLI / STIR-FRY HYBRID.] After that, I tried sitting on the bed in our room. That didn't work either, because LSB's office is there, and he needs to make phone calls and listen to music while he works, both of which are anathema to my working process, dammit.
Having exhausted the possibilities in almost all of the other rooms in the house, and all of the local coffee shops being closed after 6, I found myself a perfect writing space in the shape of our newly-vacant spare room, after our lodger moved out last month. I couldn't have believed that this little room would bring me so much joy. It's light, it has a swizzy view, it's quiet; nobody says hello on their way through to ask if I've got a good curry recipe, and no delivery men bang on the door. It's cold, so that I can't get so comfortable I fall asleep, and the internet connection doesn't work properly in there [this is probably the best productivity-improver of them all]. Also, for extra bonus points, it is far enough from the kitchen that I don't stop for a cup of tea every ten minutes.
Where's your writing space?