TWN WWW 300very 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 Natalie Aguirre, blogger at the awesome Literary Rambles!

Welcome, Natalie!

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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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Natalie Aguirre

 I’m an attorney at a pre-paid legal services plan for UAW workers who work for the auto companies. Our company’s contract was not renewed in the last UAW contract so we’ll be closing in 2014 and I will be making a career change next year.

I blog at Literary Rambles (http://literaryrambles.com) with my blog partner, Casey McCormick. I primarily promote debut MG and YA authors through interviews where they share advice and I give away their books. And Casey spotlights agents who represent PB, MG and YA authors.

I love to write upper middle grade and YA fantasy stories. My interests are writing, reading, and blogging. With a full-time demanding job, a daughter who is a high school swimmer, and a home to take care of, I don’t have time for any other hobbies, though I do like gardening and cooking. I don’t know if I have any talents except that I work hard just about every day.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I don’t have an office or a desk. Our house isn’t big enough for that. I used to write at the dining room table in the late fall, winter, and early spring.

 

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I’d move to my new sunroom for the rest of the year.

 

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But then I got my sweet puppy.

 

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And now my desk is a TV tray so I can sit on a chair or my bed with her. But I’m hoping to move back to my other work spaces as she grows older.

 

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

Sorry, but I just bought a cheap dining room table years ago and a fold up table for the sun room. We’re not big on spending money on furniture.

 

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

I really just need my laptop. I love it and couldn’t live without it anymore. I don’t really need anything else. I keep all my writing notes in word documents. I do like post-its to write notes to myself.

 

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

The thing I like most about my space is that it’s mobile because it’s my laptop.

 

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

Coffee. I’m a total coffee addict. It’s how I survive my super long days.

On Writing

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

Like many authors, reading the Harry Potter series inspired me to write. I had a snippet of an idea for a story and started it one day. That was all it took to hook me on writing.

 

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

Because I work full-time and take care of the house, my daughter, and my husband who has serious lung problems, I don’t have a typical day. I have to squeeze it in between my job and taking care of my family. It’s usually early in the morning, during my lunch break, and a few hours on weekends.

My only ritual would be to make a pot of coffee before I start writing. And I do like to revise the last few pages I’ve worked on before moving on in the manuscript.

 

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

I write every day for my blog, which takes most of my writing time. I’m working on cutting back on my blogging next year to allow myself more time to work on my manuscripts. I can go for weeks without working on my manuscript because of the blogging and my other responsibilities. But when I do get into it, say I’m working on a major revision, I can write for an hour or more a day and a few hours a weekend.

I just have had to accept that right now this is the best I can do. Because I’m also working on new job skills for my job search next year and helping my daughter with her college and scholarship search.

I do hope to have more time to write when I get laid off from my job next spring/summer. And I know as my daughter moves through her senior year next year that I’ll start having more time to myself which I can use to write.

 

4. Why do you write?

I love finding a creative part of myself I didn’t know existed. Honestly, I wouldn’t write if I didn’t really enjoy it because it takes all of the little free time I have.

 

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

Do persist and don’t give up. From all of my interviews of debut authors at Literary Rambles, I’ve seen that the reason they got published is that they kept writing and submitting to agents. But be practical too. If your family needs you to work, don’t quit that day job unless your writing career really takes off financially. You can follow your writer dream and take care of your family. And it’s okay if the journey has to be slower because you need to work to support your family.

 

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

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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26 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Natalie Aguirre”

  1. Thanks so much for inviting me, Nutshell.

  2. Never give up, never surrender!
    I certainly understand blogging taking up writing time. That’s why I’ve cut back.
    Sorry you’ll be losing your job. Hope you find a new one quickly.

  3. Beth says:

    Natalie, you have such a busy life. Congratulations on being able to squeeze out any time at all to write!

  4. I totally understand about blogging taking up too much time. When I cut back I started writing so much more. Good luck as you transition!

  5. We don’t spend much on furniture either. I’m not an interior design type person. I put more effort into it in my stories, and that’s not saying much.

    I honestly don’t know how Natalie balances everything. She’s like Wonder Woman.

  6. I can totally relate to writing stealing all your spare time. I always wonder what non-writers do – I expect they meet friends, have lunch, go for walks, dust!

  7. I love that your office is wherever you want it to be. Great freedom in that. I still write from a desk top computer. I like having to be at my desk, knowing that when I’m there it’s time for work. But, I’m thinking I might finally cave in to the idea of a laptop soon.

  8. Great interview, Natalie. I actually have a writing desk, but I use the dining room table instead. Go figure.

  9. Sia McKye says:

    Yah, working and taking care of family and other home responsibilities do have to take precedent and that can be disheartening when a story is bubbling in your mind. You have the right attitude–be persistent and grab the time as you can.

    I hear you on blogging time taking up a big portion of writing time. And dealing with blog articles is frankly easier to focus on–their easy and don’t take a lot of creative brain specks like working on your stories. I do have a partner. We’ve been her taking on more writing for the blog. That would free me up to actually dig into my manuscripts beyond tiny sound/writing bytes. When you do it that way you know you have to hold yourself back a bit because of the must do list.

    Mobile office is nice to have. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  10. Tyrean says:

    Natalie,
    I think hard work is definitely a talent. You are super woman!!! Wow! I am in awe and I feel inspired by the work that you do, and your blog, and finding time to write. The love and care you give for your family is awesome!!! Thank you for sharing your writing space and journey with us. And I love that mobile desk area. :) And that view from that one spot!

    Nutschell – thank you for sharing Natalie!!!

  11. SA Larsen says:

    The sunroom is awesome, Natalie! And LUVs to the pups.

    The subject about blogging interests me. You do such a wonderful job with Casey. In order to that good job, time is needed to prepare, which does take up valuable manuscript writing time. It’s a catch 22, really. I feel blogging is essential, both your own site and visiting others. But we need to strike a balance, which can be tough to find at time.

    Sheri at Writer’s AlleyHome of Rebel Writer CREED 2014Mighty Minion Bureau Team #atozchallenge

  12. I love your puppy! I write on my couch with my laptop, my dog, and my cat, so I could relate to your space. :)

    Great interview, ladies.

  13. Brenda says:

    Nice interview and I’m with you Natalie, I’d be lost without my computer. Very cute puppy.

  14. Your puppy is adorable!

    Sometimes taking advantage of those free moments now and then is all we have. I usually write freehand. I had a laptop. For about a week. And then my husband took it to work and I never saw it again.

  15. Very insightful into the life of the amazing Natalie! Girl, you have a lot on your plate. I love your sunroom though. Love. I wish I had one of those. It’s on my dream list.

  16. What a gorgeous pup! I do like how laptops are mobile too. Sometimes being in the same space all the time can get stale. And excellent advice. Perseverance is key!

  17. mooderino says:

    It’s amazing how important our computers have become. I hardly ever watch TV these days, and when I do it’s usually on the laptop. I like your mobile attitude. Keep moving forward.

    mood
    Moody Writing

  18. Rosi says:

    Good, practical writing advice from a good, practical person. Thanks, Natalie.

  19. danielle hammelef says:

    Natalie, as a writer I am a fan of your blog and read it every time you post. Thank you for being so open and honest about your life and how you fit in your passion for words. Keep working toward your dreams. Make every word count. You have my support and many others too.

  20. Great interview, Natalie and Nutshell. It was nice to get an extra peek into Natalie’s life! And she really is wonder woman.

  21. Kelly Polark says:

    Great getting to know you better on here, Natalie! Your puppy is ADORABLE!

  22. The sunroom must have an awesome view. Many times I write on my laptop, iPad, or Alphasmart for mobility. I can write just about anywhere, any time. It was great seeing Natalie’s writing spaces.

  23. Julie K Pick says:

    It’s amazing how much you’re able to accomplish in one day! I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s lung problems, and wish him well. Best of luck in your job search. With your strong work ethic, any company will be lucky to have you, Natalie. Thanks Nutschell!

  24. mshatch says:

    Nice to see you here, Natalie :) I like my writing space but I am envious of your mobility! One of these days maybe I can get a laptop…

  25. tara tyler says:

    I love the writing space – all over! That’s me with my notebook, but my laptop doesn’t move much.

    i need coffee and more time, too! don’t we all =)
    and great writing advice – don’t give up!

    have a great weekend, ladies!

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