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 YA Writer Lynda Young, author of that fun blog W.I.P. It: An Author’s Journey.

Welcome, Lynda!

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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?

I used to work in graphic design and 3D animation until I chose an early retirement and decided to write full-time.  My favorite genre is anything speculative, so that includes scifi, fantasy, paranormal, anything strange and unusual. My hobbies would include photography, art, and eating chocolate. No hidden talents, but I do love puzzles despite not being so good at solving them.

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

Even though I have an office, I do most of my writing on the couch. I open up the windows and let the sun pour in. The cat will sit on the armrest or on the back of the couch behind my head, which adds to the cozy feeling.

Lynda’s workspace

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

My office space is super small. I share it will my hubby, and we both have a lot of junk to spread out. It’s also cold in winter and hot in summer. When I went desk hunting I picked a corner desk with a matching set of file drawers. Hubby uses one corner of the room and I use the other. There’s just enough room for a heater or a fan to sit between us, depending on the season. I decorated the walls with framed images of my published artwork. And I love my fairy lights.

Lynda’s office desk

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

I don’t need anything specific for writing, though I do love my toys, e.g. my purple pens, my kindle, my gazillion notebooks. However, while at my desk my calendar sits on my left (for checking the deadlines), my printer/scanner on my right, and my Wacom tablet (a digital art tool) sits in front of me (under all the junk in the pic), along with my computer, of course. I also use two whiteboards. They don’t fit in the office so they hang on the wall in the back room. It’s here I do a lot of brainstorming, and map out my storylines

Lynda’s whiteboards

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 I can move around the house and write just as comfortably on the couch, in the backroom, or in my office. I like the variety, the natural light, and my purple pens.

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

Mostly I drink water. Sometimes in winter, I’ll drink a herbal tea instead. If I want to be naughty, I’ll have a hot chocolate. I’m not a coffee drinker—gasp!

 

Lynda’s favorite picture (She’s the one in the middle)

On Writing

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

When my primary school teacher read out The Hobbit to his class, I fell in love with the story. It’s rare I’ll read a book more than once, but I’ve read The Hobbit twice and Lord of the Rings three times. Tolkien has been my biggest influence, even though my writing isn’t Tolkienesque. I love his fully-realized world.

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

My typical day as a writer: After a morning walk and waving my hubby off to work, I have breakfast, read the bible, and check my emails. I try to stop my online social interaction there. It doesn’t always work. Sometimes I can’t help it and I have to visit some blogs first, or twitter. After 9am I settle in and start writing. Sometimes I’ll forget to have lunch so my hubby has a habit of reminding me via instant messaging. If after lunch the writing is still flowing then I’ll keep going. I usually can’t write much after 2.30pm though. The mind starts to drift. After that I’ll read for an hour or so. Then I’ll throw myself into social media. I finish when my hubby comes home. The rest of the evening is spent with him—cooking, talking, laughing, playing computer games, or watching movies. Sometimes I’ll blog after dinner if my writing took over during the day, but I’d prefer to just switch off from everything for a while.

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

I try to write every day. On weekdays my average writing time is only about 5 hours a day. On weekends I’ll write up my blog posts for the week or I’ll work for a couple hours on my latest manuscript. My biggest distractions are social media—blog visits, Twitter, and Facebook … and solitaire (bad, I know).

4. Why do you write?

I’ve been bitten by the curse of a creative mind. I call it a curse because if I deny creativity, or if it doesn’t happen easily, then I go a little strange and restless and sometimes even grumpy. I write to keep others around me sane.

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

My favorite tip I like to give writers is this: Keep writing. Don’t give up. Write because you love it, not because you want to get published.

My favorite quote is from Jack London: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”



 

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Thanks, Lynda, 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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50 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Lynda R. Young”

  1. Love to read about writers and how they plan and work. One statement left me very envious – opening the window and letting the sunshine in – here, for six months it is winter, and for the last six months – our so-called summer – we have had constant raina nd floods. I think our poor island would give anything for a few days of sunlight. Forecast is 15 degrees of frost!

  2. You forget to eat?
    Don’t think I could write in the morning. My mind isn’t awake yet.
    Like your desk lights. And you have a Wacom tablet – very cool.
    And how do we know that’s really you in the middle…?

  3. Thanks, Nutschell for having me!!

    Alex, yeah, I get in trouble when I forget to eat 😉
    You know it’s me in the middle because I’m the short one, hehehe

  4. Tonja says:

    Five hours is a lot of hours of writing in one day. Good for you! I love Jack London.

  5. Shelly says:

    I love Lydia. Great interview. Love her couch. Looks comfy.

    Hugs and chocolate.
    Shelly

  6. Only five hours!!!! I wish. I’m close on some days, but not every day.

    I love the idea of the corner desk.

    • Tonja, Shelly, and Stina,
      Thanks so much. Five hours might seem like a lot of time, but it doesn’t seem long enough. I think I’m a slow writer, so all the time I can get, the better. 😉

  7. mooderino says:

    I wish my days were as full of writing. Social media is a bit of distraction for me too. If I could just get an assistant…

    Great post.

    mood

  8. M.J. Fifield says:

    I sometimes forget to eat too.

    And I love the look of the whiteboard. I’m now scrutinizing my walls, wondering why I don’t have one and where I could put one.

  9. mlswift says:

    Thanks, Nutschell, for having Lynda, and Lynda, you impress me more and more each day. Your writing day and process is quite admirable. So organized and disciplined. I’m going to send a few friends over to see how you do it. Our process is very similar, although my white board is virtual and when written, is a lot of notes in various places that somehow I find. My office has been taken over by the relations. :o)

    Love the desk and welcoming space. A corner desk like that is exactly what I have in mind, but for now, a door over two filing cabinets suffices. But for the most part, I now write on my bed.

    • Oh, despite the whiteboard, I still have a lot of notes everywhere.

      You write on your bed???? How’s your back? I think the temptation to fall alseep would be too great if I tried that 😉

  10. It’s always so fun to read this Wednesday series. Thanks for hosting Lynda, Nutschell!
    I do most of my writing on the couch too so I’m glad I’m not alone there. Love the Star Wars photo! :)

  11. Suze says:

    Lynnie, I can’t decide if I love your fairy lights, your white boards or the picture of you as a Storm Trooper best. All I can say is that I loved reading this interview. AND I can’t believe you don’t drink coffee!! 😉

  12. Southpaw says:

    I love you desk and the festive lights. I also love your usually writing area – it looks so comfy.

  13. It’s always fascinating to read about other writers’ processes and perspectives. Lynda, I love your fairy lights too! Like you, I tend to do most of my writing on the couch, but because I write in the evening after my day job, there are a few too many distractions. I’m slowly carving out a separate writing enclave. Love your whiteboard!

    Nutschell, I visited your blog once before but forgot to follow, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember the name. So happy to have found you again thanks to Lynda’s post!

  14. Wow, you have an awesome schedule. I love that you read the bible everyday. Your sofa looks so comfortable.

  15. DEZMOND says:

    Lyndy you must change that couch, me doesn’t like the colour 😛
    I do like the branches with Christmas lamps on them though…

    • Ha, I didn’t have a whole lot of choice when I picked the couch. It’s an ancient thing and the first piece of furnature I bought when my folks moved out of home. It was on special and all I could afford at the time.

  16. Carol Riggs says:

    What a cozy writing space (the couch)! Love the fairy lights too. :) Hmm, good point about the grumpiness…must be what’s wrong with ME lately. LOL Thanks for the interview, you two!! :)

  17. The lights behind your desk are magical, Lynda! I should do something like that around my desk. It’s kinda dark right now…

    Thanks for the interview!

  18. Thanks for sharing your process and your space. I don’t drink coffee either. :)

  19. Nas says:

    As I have known Lynda for long now, it was lovely reading about her work space. I feel as if I came to know her more now! And her workspace did give me inspiration to declutter mine!

    Thanks for featuring her, Nutshell!

  20. Sia McKye says:

    Love the Jack London quote!

    Purple pens made me laugh. My office is big but I also use for my paycheck job. Sometimes I can’t wait to get out of there and will write long hand–me and laptops don’t get along well.

    I still like you even if you’ve committed treason for not liking coffee. I love coffee but I only drink a few cups a day and the time it’s my favorite beverage–water.

  21. Cherie Reich says:

    Ooo, I love the fairy lights on your desk! Great learning more about your writing space!

  22. Emily, Yes!! Put lights around your monitor!! You won’t regret it!

    Stacy, good to know I’m not the only one! :)

    Nas, decluttering a desk is a mammoth project. Good luck with that 😉

    Sia, writing long-hand is a fantastic way to write. It certainly stops me from constantly editing too so it’s perfect for a first draft.

    Cherie, thanks so much :)

  23. Jemi Fraser says:

    I’ve always loved that London quote too! So true. I don’t drink coffee either – but I’m kind of addicted to Chai tea :) One of these days I’ll have a writing space!!

  24. Nick Wilford says:

    Great interview! Sounds like you have got a pretty good balance, between the writing/social media, and switching off. I wish I could write on the couch, but I find it too relaxing! I use my kitchen table to simulate a desk.

  25. I love Lynda’s writing space! I especially love the idea of a whiteboard. I usually draw mindmaps on my iPad, but I bet it would be a lot more fun and creative on a whiteboard. :)

  26. Jemi, Chai is so scumptious!! I usually drink it black, though.

    Nick, there’s no such thing as being too relaxed for writing 😉

  27. Karen Strong says:

    Love this writing space. Also love the idea of a whiteboard. I just use butcher paper but I think Lynda has inspired me to get a whiteboard. :)

  28. Hi, WN, Hi, Lynda….

    SOOO great to see your space and learn more about you Lynda! I love to work on the couch too, but now that I created my office I have a daybed in there that is UBER comfy to work on.

    I always admired writers who can do the white board withs post its and things, but I am way to much of a neat freak to have papers all over the place especially in my office.

    I would love to be featured WN… I just created my office a few months ago by splitting my oversized living room. I am very proud of it. It is once of my most creative designs… (I am an interior designer by trade)…

  29. Wonderful to see Lynda featured and learn more about her writing life. And I love those fairy lights!!! : )

  30. Great interview! I enjoyed reading more about you, Lynda.

  31. Hi, Lynda & Nutschell,
    Glad I came over. I know a bit more about Lynda. Sounds like a fascinating life. I’m loving the purple pens and Lynda’s variety in writing space. It’s always fun to see how other writers do their thing.

  32. Laura Eno says:

    I need a white board like that! It’s nice learning how other writers work.

  33. Helen Tatham says:

    Social media may be distracting but it’s an excellent source of ideas don’t you think?

  34. Hmm…the whiteboard is calling me. I currently have a notebook that I use for brainstorming but I like your whiteboard much better. Always love hearing about you, Lynda.

    • Laura, it’s so handy!!

      Helen, I totally agree that social media is an excellent source of ideas, as well as tips, but it has a way of taking over. If I’m not careful, before I know it hours have passed and I haven’t done any actual writing.

      Melissa, I still use notebooks, but whiteboards are so freeing, and I can see everything at a glance.

      Thanks again, Nutschell, for having me.

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