Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Cheryl Schull

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Cheryl Schull, author of that fun blog Chasing a Miracle!

Welcome, Cheryl!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Cheryl Schull

I am a mother.  That is I guess the simplest form of who I am and what I do.  My days are currently filled with tantrums, Garfield the movie, and as much inspiration as I can muster for myself!

I am however excited to share that I have just become a student of social science – how I came to be on that journey is a long story, which I hope one day to write a novel about – but for the moment I know inside that it is a calling from God and that one day I will be working within schools counseling young minds into having healthy minds and bodies.

I haven’t always been a writer; in fact in school I hated it.  But in 2009 I came to the point in my life where I had to begin venting my emotions so I began blogging.  I wrote each and every day for 365 days and before I knew it, I had developed a new skill.  Perhaps it was a hidden gift that just needed time and dedication to come about, who knows.  All I know is that I couldn’t have lived that year without my blog and even today I would struggle without it.  I write about everyday topics and questions.  Thoughts that run through our minds but we never have time to truly explore them; things that I am passionate about, and things that I have on my mind.

I also love to write emotions.  My sister calls me her Hallmark wordsmith – I have this unique talent for making people cry through my words… Not in a bad way though! Just in the way that those huggies and hallmark ads make you cry.  I am able to write emotions in such a way that express our deepest, and sometimes most hidden emotions…. I think I have made every female in my life cry through one gift or another!

 

 On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

You are going to laugh at this, but most of my best writing is done in the dark.  And 5 days a week – in the car!  I am an early bird, I get up at 3am, get dressed and head to the gym where I sit in my car for an hour and write on my iPhone.  I then come home and post it to my blog.  Saturday and Sunday mornings I rise at 2.30am and sit in the dark and write at my desk – it is an awesome desk FYI!

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I made my desk – well ok, my husband did.  We don’t have a huge house so it is in the corner of the lounge room, I used two cheapy desks to hold up a piece of MDF… It looks SHOCKING! But it is big and awesome.  The desk allows me to look out into the lounge room and supervise my daughter as she plays while still giving me space to put all my shiz… you know, books ill never read, a filing cabinet that is so unorganized that if I died no one would find anything!

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3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

The MOST important things to me on my desk are my little pieces of happy.  A photo frame containing a ‘silly’ letter my husband wrote to me when we first started dating, my Swarovski crystals my husband has bought me over the years my photos of my family, and my daily gratitude diary.  They all bring me happiness and remind me that I am loved.

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The silly letter

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I mostly love my desk because it is my desk.  I created it, I live at it and I change it the way only I love it.  So many times in my life I have worked in offices that wont allow you to have a little happy space – and I think it is very important to be surrounded by the things you love – to have constant reminders of who you are and what you love about life. I don’t have any favorite items really, unless of course you count my Mac – I LOVE LOVE LOVE my mac…

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

 COFFEE! Good gosh I couldn’t write without a strong black coffee.  I drink a 6 cup pot every morning…

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Cheryl needs her coffee!

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

To be absolutely honest with you I don’t have a favorite author.  I like to read a variety of things, mystery fictions and non fiction works really get my heart inspired.  To be honest I was inspired to write by my brother in law.  Not famous, not a writer – just someone who saw I had a talent and needed an outlet.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

As mentioned above, my writing rituals are in the dark early hours of the morning… on a weekday I wake, I head to the gym sit in my car and write.   I do a workout then return to my desk and write until my daughter wakes – I set her up in front of the tv [she likes to watch garfeild in the morning] and we are both content for an hour or so.  By that stage its 8am and I have already had 5 hours to myself!  And if your wondering how I cope being awake from 3am, I nap from 11-2pm!

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I do write everyday, it cures me from my sadness and over thinking.  I like to write for at least an hour – on the weekends its more like 3-4 hours.  I  get distracted SO easily – stuff distracts me, online I often end up looking at one thing and hopping to another then another then forgetting what I was actually doing in the first place. HA!

4. Why do you write?

I write to be mentally healthy and to inspire others.  I know from personal experience that happiness isn’t something that some people are born with.  That sometimes situations in life consume us so much that we need someone else to tell us that they know how we feel and that things will work out.  That miracles can happen to the most simplest of us.  I write because I know what it is like to have to focus daily on being positive and if I can help just one lost soul out there through my own personal experiences, I know that I have lived my life just as God planned it.

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I think my tip would be – write it as you feel it, when you feel it.  Whereever you are stop what you are doing and write it – if you are feeling it.  So many times I have been driving and had to pull over to write what I needed to express.  As for words of wisdom – I have a whole section on my blog – take a look HERE.

And my favorite quote of all time “Hope knows the sun has risen even when the clouds cover every ray of light…”

 

 

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Thanks, Cheryl, for giving us a glimpse into your writing life.

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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42 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Cheryl Schull”

  1. mooderino says:

    I feel positively lazy for waking up at seven. And writing in a car on a iPhone? That shows dedication!

    mood
    Moody Writing

  2. I thought I got up early between 5:00 and 6:00 but Cheryl, you’re definitely an early bird. That’s interesting that you write in your car for an hour regularly. It sounds like true dedication to writing. Thanks for sharing about your work place and writing process.

  3. Karen Lange says:

    I enjoyed meeting Cheryl, thanks Nutschell! :) Love the desk!

  4. I could not do three in the morning. Five already almost kills me. My brain doesn’t even start to function until after eight!

  5. cheryl says:

    Thank you for your amazing comments guys!

    3am just becomes habit after awhile, and to be honest I get to bed early so I can wake up!

    And remember – coffee, lots and lots of coffee!

    Take care & keep writing from your inner soul.

    Cheryl.

  6. Trisha says:

    3am… ugh. And writing on an iPhone?? That sounds like it would hurt my brain :) But it sounds like it’s the best arrangement for you 😀

  7. I love that first photo. So special.
    And I love the workspace.

  8. I love the desk. Whatever works, plus a large workspace is always nice.

    I write notes on my iPhone, but never anything too lengthy. I’ve never mastered the virtual keyboard.

  9. ML Swift says:

    First off, to Nutschell: Your WWW’s are great! Good to see the variety and similarities of different authors’ spots!

    Chery Shull: What a great name for an author! My usual rouse time is 4:00, however, when I’ve got a bit of insomnia, 2:30 and 3:00 are not unheard of. I love the photo of you and the baby, and coffee!, and the inspirational quote at the end.

    • cheryl says:

      LOL, really? I hated the name when I first married into it! I have a lisp[ish] so its annoying sometimes! Oh and people often pronounce it as skull!

      Thank you for the comments!

  10. Julie Luek says:

    Love the writer profiles. Yay for being a mommy– the job I have loved best of all.

    I like how your space is functional and special to you but doesn’t need to meet any specific requirement of furniture. Perfect! And the coffee. Must have the coffee.

  11. Julie Luek says:

    Love the writer profiles. Yay for being a mommy– the job I have loved best of all.

    I like how your space is functional and special to you but doesn’t need to meet any specific requirement of furniture. Perfect! And the coffee. Must have the coffee.

  12. I love seeing where writers work. Each has a special spot that is uniquely theirs. Great to meet Cheryl and see her space.

  13. Mina B. says:

    Excellent writer profile, Nut! I like seeing where writers work too. I mainly work with a laptop and sit anywhere. Maybe that’s my problem. :( *sigh*

  14. PK Hrezo says:

    Great to meet Cheryl! I used to write in the dark all the time when my kids were small. It was the only personal time I had, so I totally get it. But writing on my iPhone would kill me. Ugh. Don’t know how you do it!!

  15. Josephine Wake says:

    It’s funny, some writers can do so anywhere, others need a specific environment. One of my favourite authors, Glenda Larke, can write anywhere she happens to be. I have seen pictures of her, with her laptop, in jungles and on riverboats in primitive surroundings.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

  16. Nice space and ambiance.

  17. M.J. Fifield says:

    “write it as you feel it, when you feel it”…that’s terrific advice. Something every writer would benefit from it.

    I really enjoy this series!

  18. Jodie says:

    Very interesting interview. As an artist and animator, I know most artists know when we are little, we will be artists. Animators, they all have some favorite Disney movie they liked as a kid, and they knew they wanted to be an animator. I didn’t have one but I knew since I was a kid, I’d be some kind of artist. So it’s cool to see how other creative people work. My friend says a lot of writers don’t want to be writers until later and it seems to be true with Cheryl too. Well, very cool, thank you for the wonderful interview, Cheryl, and Nutschell. Also seems a lot of writers like tea for some reason. It’s good to see that some realize coffee does the trick much better :)

  19. mshatch says:

    holy cow that is way too early for me. I am so not a morning person. But I concur on the coffee!

  20. Robyn Engel says:

    Cheryl gives great advice, and I’m inspired by how she maximizes her time – writing in the dark, etc.

    Great interview. Thanks.

    xoRobyn

  21. Great interview and very good advice. I think sometimes writers forget that.

  22. Nas says:

    I love reading and experiencing about writers’ work spaces. Thanks for sharing Cheryl.

  23. Mary Pax says:

    I sometimes stay up to 3-ish when working at the observatory, but only get up at that hour to catch a plane.

  24. Jemi Fraser says:

    Wow! I don’t think I could actually survive those hours! I love that we’re all so different – and it’s so great when we find out what works for us!

  25. Lynn Kelley says:

    Wow, I really enjoyed reading about Cheryl’s writing schedule and what she does. I can’t imagine writing on an iPhone, especially so early in the morning. I think it’s a gift to bring out deep emotions in others through our writing. Sounds like Cheryl’s got a great blog going.

    Nice to see you, Nutschell. I’ve got a million things on my plate these days and not so much time for blogging, FB, and other social media. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

  26. Great to meet you Cheryl. I love that you made your desk. Or your husband did. Doesn’t matter. I’m not sure I could cope for long with such a split sleeping schedule. I totally understand the pressure to write.

    Hi, Nutschell!

  27. You get up so early to write! I’d probably be sleeping through the rest of the day if I tried doing that. But I like to write in the dark sometimes, too.

  28. Wow… I am up at that hour too, but I am just about to drop not wake. LOL.

    Hey, whenever the muse calls … right?

    Very cool work space….

    COFFEE, YES!!!

  29. 3 am??? That makes my 5 am look like I’m lazy. 😀

  30. Some days I get up at 3 am, (if I think I can squeeze in a nap) other days I’m still up from the night before. My critique partner said it best, ‘Writing operates in it’s own time zone.’ I’m glad to see Cheryl likes coffee as much as I do. Again, loved the peek inside the work space. Thanks Nutschell and Cheryl!

  31. Pat Hatt says:

    Wow you sure suck back the coffee haha

  32. Very nice interview.

    I never get the black coffee. Needs milk and sugar. :)

    Heather

  33. Jay Noel says:

    Whoa…Cheryl is really downing the hell outta that coffee!

    That picture of you with your baby is so incredible. Nice to meet you.

  34. VR Barkowski says:

    So impressed you can write on an iPhone, Cheryl. I can barely text.

    I usually stay up writing and go to bed between 3 & 4 am, up again at 8. The strange thing is we both have the same 11-2 nap time. :)

  35. Julie says:

    Like Michael, I’m about to go to bed when you’re already out the door! It’s amazing how much you accomplish so early in the morning, and you also work in the dark. Thanks for sharing your writing secrets with us Cheryl, and thank you Nutschell!

  36. “So many times in my life I have worked in offices that wont allow you to have a little happy space – and I think it is very important to be surrounded by the things you love”. Well said.

  37. Hi, Nutschell & Cheryl,
    Sounds as if scribbling any time of day is in Cheryl’s blood.
    At work, I like having things that entertain me when I look away from the monitor.

  38. I really enjoyed this one, Nut. Cheryl, I like how you have structured your day around your daughter and I know what you mean about loving your desk because it is yours. When I am working in an office, I have always personalized my space. It would drive me nuts to not be able to do that. I’ll stop by to visit your blog soon.

    Kathy M.

  39. These glimpses into other writers’ lives are priceless, and we usually end up having a lot in common. Except for the coffee. For me, it’s chai tea.

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