Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Emily Genther

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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 Emily Genther who blogs about reading, writing and life at Emily Unraveled.

Welcome, Emily!

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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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Emily Moir

 

I live in small town, Utah with my recently acquired husband and our two dogs. When not writing, I can typically be found with my nose in a book, lurking around the movie theaters or out enjoying nature.

Currently I’m a homemaker. I do crafts and sell them on Etsy. I also hope to open my own pre-school soon. I did childcare for nearly a decade, but I’m more than ready to be my own boss.

I love to write fantasy and paranormal fiction. Those genres allow for so many possibilities, they really stretch my creativity.

Hobbies and interests? Wow, there are a lot. I’ve already mentioned crafting, I knit, cross stitch, embroider, sculpt, scrapbook, decoupage and make dolls. I think that covers my crafting J I like to garden  and, of course, love to read.

I’m not really sure if I have any hidden talents. I like to try new things all the time, and if I enjoy something I stick with in. Not sure if that makes me talented with it though.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

Back in the day I used to find a corner of the library to hide in, but these days I do most of my writing at my computer. In fact, I’m at my computer almost 24/7.

Right now I have an office/ craft room/ “put random stuff here” room that I work out of. My husband and I have two rooms we’re renting until we can get our own place, so space is limited.

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Emily’s workspace

 

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

My desk was a gift from my mother-in-law when I got married. My work space has no real order to it. I have a drawer full of old note books I started stories in, and then a shelf full of notebooks specific to one series I was working on. After that pretty much anything that could fit on my desk and didn’t have a home got crammed there. I’m working with limited space at the moment.

 

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

I have my clay sitting at my desk and that’s probably the most important thing there (aside from my computer of course). I like to fiddle with the I’m working on something. It helps me think.

My calendar is also important. I’m involved with a lot, both online and in the real world. As old school, physical calendar is the only way I can keep track of everything.

 

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

I love that my desk is large enough to accommodate all the stuff I put on/ in it. I’m never just doing one thing at a time and it’s great to have a little bit of working room.

As far as favorite things, I recently found a trio of Powerpuff Girls stamps that had been in storage for years. I’m still excited about the discovery, so they’re currently my favorite object in my work space.

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Powerpuff Girls stamps

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

Mostly I drink water. I know, boring. Sometimes I like to have some green tea though. Whatever the case maybe, I’ve always got to have something on hand. Thus the unsightly cup sitting on my desk.

On Writing

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

I couldn’t possibly pick just one favorite author. There are so many great writers out there. Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman are pretty high on my list though.

Who inspired me to write? That really is a good question. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I still have stories I scribbled in kindergarten tucked away somewhere. Writing is sort of something that’s in the family blood.

 

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

I’m completely disorganized when it comes to these things. If I try to set aside time specifically for writing, I’ll end up doing the laundry or something instead.

When I do write, I’ll typically be in the middle or something else (or supposed to be doing something else) when the story hits me. If it’s possible, at that point I’ll drop everything else and park my butt until I’m totally tapped on inspiration.  I try to at least set goals to keep me loosely on track so I don’t take years to write one story though. But I really don’t like what I write when I try to force myself through something. Luckily, I usually don’t have to wait too long for inspiration.

As you can guess from my answer to the previous question, no, I don’t write everyday. However, with blogs and critiques and multiple stories I’m working on, I end up coming pretty close to it.

 

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

As you can guess from my answer to the previous question, no, I don’t write everyday. However, with blogs and critiques and multiple stories I’m working on, I end up coming pretty close to it.

I wouldn’t even know where to begin gauging how much time a day I spend writing. It really depends on the day. Sometimes it’s half an hour. Sometimes I loose the daylight without even noticing. It just depends what I’m working on and how in the zone I get.

My worst writing distractions are everyday life. Facebook of course, and email. After that it’s things like remembering I haven’t eaten, then seeing that there aren’t clean dishes to make food with, which leads to me starting the dishes, which quickly turns to me taking out the trash, and so on and so on. Eventually I remember to eat, but by then writing for that allotted time has gone out the window.

 

4. Why do you write?

I’ve been writing forever. I write because I have characters running around in my head demanding their stories be told. I write sometimes to get out my frustrations. I write my blog because I like attention. I’m not even going to try to gloss over that one. I want people to know who I am and what my work is, so I’m online all over the place.

 

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

As always, keep writing! It’s a crazy passion and a crazy business, but if it’s what you love stick with it.

Take criticism with a grain of salt, but that doesn’t mean ignore it. If you’re looking to market your work then you need to know what readers will think of it; however, there are a lot of people out there who will tell you opinion like it’s gospel. Despite what others will have you believe, there is no magic formula and there are no rules.

 

Links:

Blog: http://emilylmgenther.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilylmgenther

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyLMGenther

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Emily!

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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5 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Emily Genther”

  1. M.J. Fifield says:

    Love the Powerpuff Girls stamps!

    And Neil Gaiman rocks.

  2. I like food too much to forget to eat.
    You pack a lot on your desk, Emily!

  3. Another wonderful writer spot! It looks very writerly and the Powerpuff Girls add a perfect touch.

  4. LD Masterson says:

    Why did you choose a Marilyn calendar? I don’t see those too often.

  5. The PowerPuff girls are cool and I heard they’re bringing it back. I can see them being very empowering Emily.

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