Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes PK Hrezo

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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 PK Hrezo, author of that fun blog Fearless Fiction.

Welcome PK!

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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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PK Hrezo

Thanks for having me here, Nutschell! So I’ve been writing fiction for five years now, mostly YA and NA. Nothing pubbed yet, but working on it. J I lean more toward sci-fi nowadays, but I started out writing contemporary and fantasy. I also do crafts–inspirational ornaments called Pixie Patrol. (picture included) I’m a mom of two youngins, and wife of a firefighter. My day job is a flight recovery coordinator for United Airlines, which I do from the comfort of my own home. So pretty much everything I do, is inside my home and in my very own office. (love!)

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I always write from my desk. I have everything right where I want it for easy access—things like story bibles, writing rules, storyboards, character sketches, etc.

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PK’s Workspace

There’s a cork board right over my laptop with helpful reminders. Also my writing pixie, Harriet Plotter, who keeps me company!

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PK’s Harriet Plotter

 

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

My hubby found my desk in someone’s front yard–they were leaving it for the garbagemen. Lol. No joke! He brought it home and fixed it up and it’s perfect! It’s a glass top wraparound so I can swivel back and forth between computers. Since I work from home too, I have my work laptop and a personal writing laptop, so I’m constantly back and for the between the two. I call it The Bridge.

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PK’s Desk

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

Important things are mostly what I mentioned above, but I also have to have my noise cancelling headphones—my mac daddy headset I call it. If things get too noisy around the house or I need to glean some musical inspiration, I have them ready.

 

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

I adore having my own office. We moved almost 2 years ago and before that I shared my office with the family room. Now, I have my very own work space for writing, crafting, and my job. I love having a big window and I love that I can decorate my walls however I want. One day I’ll get the room painted, but til then, I can post whatever pics I want—of my kids, postcards, muses. I think it’s important for artists/writers to have their own creative space. Above my corkboard is a bunch of trinkets I’ve picked up from other countries, and of course, my flux capacitor pin, which gives me energy for writing. 😉

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

Water and/or coffee.

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PK’s Workspace

 

On Writing

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

Lots of fave authors. But I’d say it was a combination of Johanna Lindsey and JK Rowling that got my butt into gear to start writing. I loved the way they wrote so much, I knew it was time for me to start writing myself. I’d always wanted to, but never made the commitment.

 

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

While school’s in, I write the entire school day. I can crank out a novel a year, and over the last two years, it’s been during spring. So now that summer’s almost here, my writing time will be limited, but since I’ll be revising for the next few months, the hardest part is done and I can find stolen moments here and there to get a chapter or two in of revisions. No rituals, but I do have special music I listen to for each story to keep me in the zone.

 

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

Distractions are everything from kids to the dog to the hubby. Lol. I do not write every day, or else I get burned out. But I do read every day, and I think that’s equally important.

4. Why do you write?

I write because I am. Seriously, I’ve always been a writer. I used to narrate my walks home from the bus stop when I was a kid. My mom was a voracious reader and my dad loved to tell stories, so it was inevitable I’d be a writer. I can’t imagine not writing. I’m happy when I’m writing. Nothing like it in the world.

 

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

Words of writing wisdom change for me as I grow. Right now, I’d say it’s important to know not every story will become something great, and that’s okay. Write it anyway. It’s a necessary stepping stone to becoming great as a writer. Write with all your heart and all your soul—pour yourself onto the page and write what only you can. Maybe it will never see the light of day, but it’s still a part of who you are and will be a foundation to the story that does become great later on down the line.

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

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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48 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes PK Hrezo”

  1. Shelly says:

    Hi, PK and Nut. Great post, of course. Love the work area, of course. Its busy like mine.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

  2. PK Hrezo says:

    Thanks again for having me Nutt! It’s great to be here. :)

  3. LGSmith says:

    I sometimes write with headphones on too. I don’t actually plug them in to anything, I just like the quiet. 😛

  4. I use noise cancelling headphones too! It was so fun to see PK’s space. I love her desk and eclectic items. I especially adore her Harriet Plotter! So cute!

    Also- awesome that the desk was “recycled’ and it allows PK to work on her writing and her day job side by side. :)

  5. Great to see PK here and I love her writing space. And I totally love Harriet Plotter. :)

  6. Lexa Cain says:

    I love that glass-topped desk! I’ve got to send my hubby out to peruse the neighbor’s yards and look for treasures! lol

  7. Great interview. Loved learning more about PK. I’ve seen her around a lot but only recently started following her blog. And I loved her advice to writers. It’s so right on.

  8. PK Hrezo says:

    Thanks Natalie! And I’m so glad we’ve connected! :)

  9. Whoa! Your office is so full. You would definitely think mine was sparse.

  10. Nas says:

    Hi PK!

    I’ve known you for long, and it was an honor to be invited to see your writing space. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Thanks Nutschell!

  11. VR Barkowski says:

    Great interview, PK! I am so glad to hear another writer admit to narrating aspects of their life. I did (sometimes still do) that. And how cute is Harriet the writing pixie? She almost beats out my plot bunnies. I use a sound machine rather than noise canceling headphones, but since I’ve moved, I think I may need both.

    VR Barkowski

    • PK Hrezo says:

      Thanks VR! I use a holographic sound app on my iPhone too, and often use that to drown out any other sounds. I love the thunderstorms and summer valleys.

  12. mooderino says:

    I like the two computer set up. Very sci-fi.

  13. Great working space. I especially like Harriet Plotter. I have to count on my cats to serve as my resident muses, but they don’t always cooperate.

  14. PK Hrezo says:

    I miss having cats. But I know what you mean. My dog always comes gets me if I’ve been writing too long. he forces me to get up and move around, which is great and frustrating at the same time. Thanks for stopping by, Susan!

  15. This is a woman after my own heart. I want so much to work from home, writing or otherwise. You are inspiring.

    • PK Hrezo says:

      Thanks Veronica! It’s definitely hard to beat working from home. I love living in my PJs and slippers! I could never go back to working in an office. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  16. Denise Covey says:

    It was lovely seeing/reading about Pk’s workspace. Looks wonderful and she’s one organised lady!

  17. PK Hrezo says:

    LOL… that was a joke, right, Denise? About being organized? LOL. There is method to my madness, but I’m afraid it may never make sense to anyone else. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! :)

  18. I love your workspace. And I love your advice. I’m a strong advocate of ‘writing anyway’.

  19. Julie Luek says:

    I love peeking at work spaces. It gives me ideas and I like to see into their world a little. I love how you fill your space with things that make you feel creative and at home there. Lovely! A novel a year is impressive! Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Pk Hrezo says:

      On I agree Julie! It’s fun to see where our writer friends are spending hours upon hours of their time! Thanks for checking mine out!

  20. Great insights Nutschel! That writing pixie does good work.

  21. Meradeth says:

    Love the writing space! One of my favorite things is getting to decorate my walls however I want, too! :)

    • Pk Hrezo says:

      Isn’t it so much fun?? Makes me feel like a kid again with my own room. Total expression! Thanks for stopping by Meradeth!

  22. Hi, PK, Hi, Nut,

    What a great writing space…. I love that you have stuff all around you. And you are SO right we all need a space to call our own. Somewhere that is ours to do what we like and no one to bother us. Harriet Plotter is TOOO cute!!!

    • Pk Hrezo says:

      You know I never realized how much I missed it til we moved and got that extra bedroom. Best thing ever! Glad you stopped by Michael!

  23. Love the fairy!!! Pk is my girl!!! Great seeing where all the writing magic happens

    • Pk Hrezo says:

      Right on, sista! Er, uh, write on, sista! Now you see where I’m at when I’m reading your work. 😉 Glad you stopped by Tammy!

  24. mshatch says:

    Love your screen saver, PK; it’s inspiring!

  25. Misha says:

    I’m so jealous of your office!

    Love your cork-board. I should really put one up too…

    • PK Hrezo says:

      Thanks, Misha! I still have a lot of work to do on it, but other rooms in the house are more important at this point. Definitely get a corkboard! Great for useful reminders!

  26. Alexia says:

    I wish I had an office – my office is the sofa where I sit with my laptop!

  27. Nick Wilford says:

    Nice to find out more about you Pk! I don’t have my own office yet, but it would probably have equal amounts of stuff. It’s not messy, it’s busy!

  28. Emilyann says:

    Great pictures PK and thank you for the inspirational words. You’re inspiration pixie is great, I’m inspired just seeing the picture :)

  29. Such lovely creative clutter! Beautiful space.

  30. Such lovely creative clutter! Beautiful space.

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