Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes L.G. Smith

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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 L.G. Smith author of that fun blog Bards & Prophets.

Welcome, L.G.!

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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?

LG Smith

 

L.G. Smith

I think people would be surprised to learn I have a degree in Environment and Natural Resource Management. I worked as a naturalist for Colorado State Parks for a few years, and I’m a pretty decent identifier of birds as a result. Before that I worked in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff at a jail north of Denver, which I actually enjoyed quite a lot. These two things – nature and prisoners – however dissimilar consistently show up in my fantasy writing. But I guess they’re just part of who I am.

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

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

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

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

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

 

I do most of my writing in my head. Ha! But, seriously, I can’t sit at a desk and write. Too uncomfortable. I’ll often sit in a chair by a window or in my backyard while handwriting the initial first draft. But once I’ve got the story I move to the laptop. I’ve worn a nice butt-shaped space on my comfy couch in the den where I usually do my typing. And the things I must have within reach while writing are a dictionary, my Synonym Finder, the complete works of Shakespeare, a cup of jasmine green tea, and my notebook. And what I love best about my writing space is the fact that it has a door. I can’t stand interruptions when I’m writing and can get a little, um, testy when people ask me things like, “Are we out of toilet paper?” when I’m in the middle of a dramatic exchange of dialogue! 😛

LG Smith workspace

L.G. Smith’s Workspace

On Writing

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

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

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

4. Why do you write?

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

 

It’s no secret I’m a fan of Shakespeare (I see the eye rolls people!). I also adore Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall), Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), and Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice). But, oddly enough, it was Charles Frazier’s book Cold Mountain that convinced me to pick up the pen again and write a novel. I was so taken with his descriptions and emotional truths that it finally sunk in that that’s what I wanted to do with my writing. Took about three tries on different projects before I finished my first novel, a middle grade fantasy, but I finally did it, and the feeling of completion was incredible. I’ve written two other novels since then – the stories that are part of my Bards and Prophets trilogy.

And I’m not much for offering writing advice. I strongly believe in each person finding their own way and discovering what works for them. But, for me, the only technique I’ve found to get a project finished is to consistently put in the effort every day, inspired or not, internet distractions or not, and just write SOMETHING. It always amazes me how inspired I get once I start typing.

 

Thanks so much for including me in your blog series!

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, L.G.!

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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20 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes L.G. Smith”

  1. The nature and prisoners combination intrigues me!

  2. Enjoyed learning more about L.G. Like her, I don’t have a regular work space. And her advice to write consistently is so true. I really need to follow it. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Bird and prisoners – an unusual mix!
    I like your writing advice. We each have our own style and need to capitalize on it.
    Happy Thanksgiving, ladies!

  4. Hah! Write mostly in your head… Love it! I wish I had a door to shut how the distractions while writing. Alas, they’ve fine tuned me to write ANYWHERE. I mean, if you can ignore a kid tugging on your sleeve, you can surely ignore the the guy talking about geekdom next to you on the subway.

  5. LG Smith says:

    Thanks again for including me in your series, Nutschell. And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  6. Great to learn more about your writing process and see where you sometimes write. Doors are magical … I wish I had one.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Nutschell!

  7. What a great series – how did I not know about this?? Thanks, LG, for introducing me, and sharing some great insights into your process :) I’m not giving you an eye roll, by the way- I love Shakespeare, too. I often wonder if the eye rolls come because people have never had the chance to see one of his plays done WELL.

    • LG Smith says:

      Thanks for not giving me the eye-roll, Liz. Ha! I’m actually geeking out big time in that photo, because I’m standing outside Shakespeare’s birthplace. Big moment. 😀

  8. Lexie says:

    It was fun to read a little bit of background on LG! Awesome jobs that lend to great writing- that’s what it’s all about! :) Enjoyable!

  9. It’s great to see LG here – one of my favorite bloggers out there. I laughed about the toilet paper interruption LOL. Interesting to learn more about you, LG. Thanks for sharing another great workspace piece, Nutschell.

  10. DEZMOND says:

    but what is more dramatic than being without toilet paper? 😛
    How did you like the movie version of COLD MOUNTAIN?

  11. Steve MC says:

    Butt-shaped spaces are a great place to do one’s typing.

    And maybe on the outside of your door you could have a shelf with toilet paper, batteries, can openers, duct tape, a calendar, corkscrews, phone books, and a note saying, “If you absolutely MUST knock, THINK AGAIN.”

  12. LG Smith says:

    Thanks Julie. Back at ya!

    And you know I liked the book better, Dezzy. Nicole Kidman seemed way too old for the role of Ada, but Renee Zellweger was fantastic as Ruby. :)

  13. Southpaw says:

    The TP comment…so universal!

  14. Tonja says:

    Prisoners and the environment is an interesting combination. Glad you freed yourself from the jail – I bet that was a depressing place to work.

  15. mooderino says:

    I think you’re right, in the end, for all the learning of craft and technique, we each have to figure out our own best way of doing things.

    mood

  16. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell and LG – great to read this … the photo looks like Stratford to me – I wonder what I’d do with kids around … not a lot I guess – so good for you to keep on writing TP or no !!

    Cheers to you both – and Happy Thanksgiving weekends .. a little late! Hilary

  17. deniz says:

    Love the idea of writing in an armchair near a bookshelf and a window!
    Although I might get distracted… for instance by rereading Outlander :-)

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