Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Rachel Morgan

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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 Rachel Morgan, author of Amazon’s bestselling YA paranormal fantasy series CREEPY HOLLOW.

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You can also find Rachel blogging at http://www.rachel-morgan.com/

Welcome  Rachel!

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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?Rachel Morgan author photo

Author Rachel Morgan

I used to be a teacher, but I’m fortunate enough now to write FULL TIME (yay!) as well as doing graphic, video and other book-related work for the small business I just launched (Morgan Media). I write for young adults, with my favorite genre being paranormal fantasy. My hobbies and interests include reading (obviously!), baking, series-watching, and crafts (like scrapbooking and jewelry-making, for example). And my hidden talent is for picking the longest queue at the shop eating large amounts of chocolate without getting sick!

 

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I have an entire study to myself at home. There are lots of shelves filled with my favorite books, and there’s a long counter area where I can spread my work out.

Rachel Morgan workspace

Rachel’s Workspace

 

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

This is not an exciting story. The person who lived here before us installed a built-in counter-type desk area. It’s a little too high for me so I have to add cushions to my chair!

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

I need water, and I need to have my diary open beside me to make random notes and keep up with whatever I’m meant to be doing for the day. (Chocolate isn’t a necessity, but it helps if it’s also around!)

 

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

I guess what I love most is that it’s MY OWN space just for working in. Last year my work area was half of my bedroom; I never really enjoyed that. I think it’s good to separate work and rest/relaxation! I keep a copy of my own books on the shelf right next to me, and that helps to inspire and keep me excited about my stories.

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

Okay, this is really boring, but I drink a lot of water! When I feel like indulging, though, it’ll be hot chocolate.

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Rachel’s favorite picture

 

On Writing

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

Favorite author is difficult to pick, but J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare and Philip Pullman are up there are the top. So many authors have inspired me to write, but I think the first one was Philip Pullman. His Dark Materials was an AMAZING series.

 

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

I get up pretty early and do the “admin” things before breakfast, like going onto Triberr and checking emails and blog comments. I’ll spend as many hours in the day as I can writing, and a few days in the week I try to fit a visit to the gym in somewhere! Sometimes I write in the evening, but evenings are usually reserved for family or “relaxing” online activities like Facebook.

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

I’m about to release a new book, so I’m not doing any new writing at the moment, but when I’m in book-writing mode, then I do write every day. Maybe about six hours. My main distractions are my puppies (two minutes ago, while writing these answers, I had to rush outside because they were chewing apart the wire for the fairy lights we have wrapped around one of the trees!) and Facebook.

Rachel Morgan puppy distractions

Rachel’s adorable writing distractions

 

4. Why do you write?

My mind has been concocting stories for as long as I can remember, and I want to share them with the rest of the reading world :-)

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

Writing tip (and I don’t know who originally came up with this): BICHOK. Butt in chair; hands on keyboard. A lot of the time you won’t feel like writing, especially when you’re in the middle of a looooong novel and it feels like you’ll never reach the end. But you just have to make yourself do the hard work!

Writing quote: “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison

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

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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21 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Rachel Morgan”

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today!

  2. Hi, Rachel & Nutschell,
    Still having writer envy here over that study! I do agree that it’s better to have a dedicated area for writing.

  3. Those puppies are adorable! I agree that writing in your bedroom isn’t ideal. That separation is important.

  4. Southpaw says:

    Oh my, but those distractions are adorable! I’m even more impressed you find time to write. LOL

  5. Misha says:

    Those puppies are adorable!

    I’m also a water drinker while I write. That or rooibos tea.

  6. Karen Lange says:

    It’s great to meet you, Rachel! Thanks for the intro, Nutschell. :) Love meeting other writers!

  7. Living the dream — awesome! I get a glimpse of that full-time writer’s life during the summers, but now I’m in full-time teacher (part-time writer) mode.

  8. Loved learning more about Rachel and seeing her writing space. And her puppies are adorable.

    And BTW, I’ll get you my answers soon.

  9. I bet those pups looked cute while chewing those lights!
    Water is my choice, so not boring. Well, maybe it is…
    Great interview, ladies!

  10. Those are the cutest puppies I’ve seen in a long time. Who could write? I’d just have to hold them all day.
    Veronica
    http://www.veronicalsingleton.com

  11. Those are the cutest puppies I’ve seen in a long time. Who could write, I’d have to hold them all day.
    Veronica
    http://www.veronicalsingleton.com

  12. mooderino says:

    That’s a super organised work space. Jealous.

    mood
    Moody Writing

  13. Elise Fallson says:

    I know I’m not going to be original by saying this but…your distractions are so darn adorable! (:

  14. Julie Luek says:

    You have a fantastic writing space– looks nice and bright with lots of room. Wonderful! Congratulations on your books too. Great writing advice, one I must do better at remembering. And, like everyone else, LOVE those puppies!

  15. I love Rachel’s writing space… it looks comfy and yet conducive to work!
    BICHOK was the very first piece of writing advice I was given!

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