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 Trisha F, author of that fun blog Word + Stuff.

Welcome, Trisha!


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?



Trisha F.

I’m a 33 year old librarian living in Western Australia (on the coast, yay!).

I have written novels (or parts of novels) in various genres so far: contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi, sci-fantasy, and fantasy. Some are a bit hard to classify … which is why I have difficulty writing queries/blurbs.

Other hobbies and interests include writing music, and playing it (guitar/singing). I also love reading (duh!), and drawing/painting/etc. As for hidden talents, I don’t think there are any that I’ve kept hidden knowingly. At least not from the blogging world …



On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I write at my “terminal” which is a stand-up terminal. I write on my laptop using Scrivener.

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

I don’t have a desk, but that’s okay – I have read in a few places that standing up instead of sitting at a computer is a lot better for your health. I do sort of miss having a bigger work area, but space is of the essence in my 1-bedroom villa. :)


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 really need anything around me when I work, except water! Must have water! I usually save the snacking for when I’m watching DVDs.

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

What I love most about my workspace is that my laptop is here – I really love my little laptop

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On Writing

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

I can’t really say I have a fave author. I grew up probably loving Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks the most (epic fantasy was a staple in my reading diet – along with Dean Koontz’s horror. Epic fantasy was also the genre I wrote in for my first lengthy work). But nowadays my reading diet is highly varied, and I have many faves.

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

Since I work full time as a librarian, I don’t usually get to write during the day, except on weekends. But generally I don’t have any rituals or quirks, or at least I don’t think I do. A lot of the time I am weirder when NOT writing – like I’m talking out loud as if I’m one of my characters, figuring out ideas for dialogue. But when I start writing, I am basically a typing machine who spews out words at a rate of knots.

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

I do TRY to work on my writing every day, but lately I have failed pretty epically in this regard. I don’t really have any good excuses, except that right now I am fostering a bunch of kittens, and taking care of them seems to drain me. Plus, two nights a week I do a fitness class after work so I get home pretty late. The biggest hurdle I face right now is trying to edit a novel that needs an immense amount of work. It’s hard to keep myself motivated.

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4. Why do you write?

I write because I love it. It’s sort of a compulsion. I feel that I’m a very inspired person, and ideas are constantly striking me and demanding to be written. I love getting into the heads of my characters and putting them through horrible traumas, so they can emerge triumphant at the end (assuming they’re still alive!). Gee, I’m nice aren’t I?


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

My go-to writing tip is to just write. Sounds obvious, I know, but it is the thing that works best for me. My problem is never trying to find something to write, but rather I am struggling at the editing end of matters. So in terms of writing, JUST WRITE!! Don’t worry about whether it’s crap or not – just write it, and worry about the level of crapness later.



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

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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15 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Trisha F.”

  1. M.J. Fifield says:

    My significant other has a standing desk, too, and he loves it.

    And ‘just write’ is fantastic advice for writers. Funny how often we seem to forget that…

    • Trisha says:

      It’s the advice I’ve given out whenever asked, since the beginning. And it works for me! 😉

      now if people could give me editing advice, that would be of great use right now. haha

  2. Love Trisha’s standing work station. It’s so important we stand more while we’re on the computer. I try to do that too.

    • Trisha says:

      Lately I admit I’ve brought my laptop over to the couch a few times … BAD Trisha! 😛 But I am getting back into the standing now.

  3. Karen Lange says:

    Nuschell, thanks so much for the intro to Trisha! I like her advice to just write. That’s what I need to do today, thanks! :)

    • Trisha says:

      It’s the advice I always tell myself, as well, and it always works!

      Except when editing … I think I need a new slogan: “JUST EDIT!”

  4. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell and Trisha .. gosh what an amazing cozy workspace … would not suit me! But the standing up bit .. I believe is probably right … and it’s on my list to consider .. I like your tower!!

    It’s great you’re fostering kittens … they will take your time that’s for sure … but working a library too – I guess you’re always being stimulated by others, or new books …

    Write and write some more … good luck for the editing .. lovely post Nutschell .. cheers Hilary

    • Trisha says:

      Thank you Hilary! :) Part of me really looks forward to having a big desk and a huuuuge iMac (yup, that’s my dream) someday. I have the plan for it. But it’s not going to happen for a few years at least.

      The kittens are exasperating, but luckily they are cute too!

  5. Terry Brooks is epic! You rock, Trisha.
    Do you get tired standing at your computer or is it less tiring?

    • Trisha says:

      Well, my feet get a bit sore, but since I have been doing a pilates class and the instructor showed me how to stand properly (with my legs right under my hips, instead of propping one hip out or whatever like I used to do), standing for long periods is a lot easier. But I still forget to stand properly and so get uncomfortable – sore lower back, etc . I just need to work on my posture! :)

      Totally agree about Terry Brooks – I am very much due for a re-read of Shannara, like, NOW.

  6. I’m nowhere near as fast a typer as you Trisha. I spews out words at a rate of millimeters. What an insightful interview guys! Thanks

    • Trisha says:

      haha, well at least you spew them out at all! you probably take a lot more care over the words you do spew out, than I do at my rate of many a knot. 😉

  7. Trisha says:

    Thanks so much for interviewing me, Nutschell. It was a lot of fun preparing for this post. :)

    And thanks to all the visitors who said hi as well.

  8. That is one compact and tidy workspace. So much easier to keep neat than mine. I may have to reconsider what my space should look like.

    The wine looked tempting!

  9. Jeff Hargett says:

    Hey Trisha! I admire anyone who can stand for long periods of time and still be creative. (Back problems make that almost impossible for me.) Your taste in authors is superb.

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