Every Wednesday, I feature a writer/blogger and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow bloggers/writers better through their workspace and writing habits. I also wanted my bloggy friends to share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome fellow Write On member Robyn Campbell. She’s the author of that super fun blog—Putting Pen to Paper.

Welcome, Robyn!


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?

Robyn Campbell

Thank you for having me Nutschell. I write picture books and middle grade novels. I love riding horses, gardening, and canning lots of great veggies. I also love Hershey Bliss which is why I am on this dang diet. *sob*

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I write most of my stories in Christopher’s bedroom. The ambiance in there is awesome. And it gives me a chance to be with him. I also write in my sun room. I very rarely write at my desk, but I do beta read and critique at my desk. I have a desk down at our barn that I also use. The chickens clucking, horses munching, cats meowing, and dog  sniffing are noises I need while writing. In summer time, I write out by the pool after I swim laps. The splashing sound gets my senses pulsating.

Robyn’s workspace

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

I have a duck that Ivy bought me after I finished a picture book called, “DUCKS DON’T EAT TOMATOES!” I have it in the office right beside my desk.

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

I have a journal that my former crit partner (Beth Revis) gave me for my birthday one year. It is very special to me and it is filled with ideas and scenes that I might use later.

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

Coffee, coffee and more coffee. The blacker the better!

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

My work area has a place for me to do my dummies. I usually do them to see if I have enough page breaks in my picture books.

On Writing

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

Anna Sewell and Jane Austin. Anna Sewell inspired me to write. She wrote a book to help horse owners and veterinarians and it became one of the most widely read novels ever. How cool is that? She had no idea of what she’d written.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?

I start my day by checking emails. Then I get down to business after homeschool is over for the day.

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

I try to write every day. If I miss a day I owe a buck to the charity Build On. Right ladies? It varies on time spent writing. I write at night too. I always try to write at least three hours a day. Weekends too. My only distraction is social media. I have to put my foot down and turn off the internet while writing.

4. Why do you write?

I write because I am. In other words, I have to write. No matter if I ever became published, I’d still have to write.

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

When I’m stuck, I draw scenes out on drawing paper. It helps me visualize stuff better. And believe me. I’m not an artist. But it always works.

This quote is beside my desk:

“Writing is like driving a car at night. You can never see farther than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  – E.L. Doctorow

6. Would you care to share a favorite picture of yourself?

This is a picture of me with Mister Ed. He’s my palomino appaloosa. Isn’t he gorgeous?

Robyn and Mister Ed

Nutschell, thank you so much for having me over today, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  (I hope I didn’t drive any of your followers away!)


Thanks, Robyn, 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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27 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Robyn Campbell”

  1. I’m so happy to see Robyn here. Hi, Robyn! Great to see new pictures and where you write. This is such a great idea for a series. It’s grounding the virtual people in our lives, you know?

  2. shelly says:

    I really like your desk interviews, Nut. Great idea.

  3. Joanna says:

    DUCKS DON4T EAT TOMATOES, what a great title! Mr Ed is gorgeous! Loved finding out a little more about you and your writing life. Super photos. Thanks Nutschell and Robyn.

  4. What a lovely interview, so nice to see you Robyn. Your working environment is lovely, I bet your stories are fantastic! You so don’t need to go on a diet either 😛 And 3 hours a day is brilliant, I never manage that, but I plan to when my youngest goes to school soon aargh! Your horse is beautiful and i’m not really a horsey person. You are so funny about driving people away, they’ll be coming in droves to read this, you rock!

  5. Paul S says:

    Thanks Nutschell, it’s nice to gain a little more insight into my friend Robyn and her writing.

  6. Thanks for having me Nutschell! It was a lot of fun! *smiling*

  7. Karen Lange says:

    Great interview ladies! Thanks to both of you for sharing it. It’s wonderful to learn more about Robyn, one of my favorite amigos (writing and otherwise!). She is a wonder and an inspiration, and truly, a good friend. :)

  8. iamjenai says:

    great interview! 😉 oh I love Mr. Ed!

  9. Karen Strong says:

    Love this writing space. Looks so comfy and has great light. Thanks for sharing this interview with us. :)

  10. Mr. Ed! I like that name. And your critique partner was Beth? I’m impressed!!!

  11. Aldrea Alien says:

    Aww Mister Ed is just darling. And I love that quote.

  12. septembermom says:

    Great interview!!! I love getting the chance to learn more about my wonderful friend Robyn. You inspire me to try and get something on the page each day after reading about your determination to write. Also, I love the idea of sketching out a scene to jumpstart writing. I’ll use that one for sure :) Thanks so much for this interview!!

  13. Southpaw says:

    Just wonderful. I enjoyed getting to know more about you.

  14. Thanks for interviewing Robyn! Great to get to know a little more about her (I know her through the 12 x 12 in 2012 picture book draft writing challenge.)

  15. Great interview! I loved seeing where Robyn writes. I want a desk in a barn too!

  16. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    Very nice to learn about your writing routine. 3 hours?!? You rock. Well, I already knew that. I like that you do dummies. I need to check page breaks on my February 12x draft.

  17. Arlee Bird says:

    They have Hershey Bliss on sale at Walgreen’s this week and it’s right across the street from where I live–I’m so tempted.
    Your writing setting sounds so idyllic.

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  18. This was delightful. I follow Robyn’s blog and it was great getting to know her and her writing space better.

  19. Liza says:

    Robyn, I loved learning more about you. And that quote from E.L.Doctorow is AMAZING!!!!

  20. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell and Robyn .. great read and visuals to be added in – sounds like an idyllic workspace – just not very good with horses but Mr Ed looks pretty special .. Nutschell I think you’re on to a good theme here .. looking forward to a few more – mine will follow in a few months!!

    Cheers to you both .. I’ll be dreaming of your workspace Robyn .. happy days – Hilary

  21. Susan Fields says:

    It was great getting to know Robyn better! It sounds like she has lots of great workspaces to choose from!

  22. Janet Smart says:

    I loved finding out more about Robyn. Mr. Ed is beautiful!

  23. What a great interview!! Robyn, how did I not know you were a fellow horse person all this time?! (I know we’re supposed to be focused on the writing but I got distracted by Mr. Ed :))

  24. Nice to meet you, Nutschell. :)
    What a great interview…you asked questions that I’ve never seen before…and it made it really interesting….like what is Robyn workspace like. :)
    Robyn, lovely to learn more about you! Black Beauty is one of my all-time favorite stories…along with Little Women, of course. I loved horses when I was young, and always dreamed I would have one…I would draw pictures (horribly) of horses all the time. :)

  25. Anne Payne says:

    You are such an inspiration to any and all writer’s :)
    C sends his ♥!

  26. Great interview, you two! I love the writing quote that Robyn shared. Thanks =D

  27. Lovely interview you two! It was fun to get to learn more about you Robyn. I LOVE that you have a desk in the barn. Sounds like fun!

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