Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Where I Write {Inspiring Places}

If you've been reading the last several days, there's a theme of Places that Inspire going on at The Writer's Alley. And, um, now that I think about it, I think I misunderstood the assignment. Oops.

Today, I'm sharing a glimpse into my writerly world via the many wild and wonderful places I sneak in word count.

Sometimes my babies will distract each other and let me eek out a few words.

Sometimes my word count comes during my lunch break from my day job. Okay, often.

Sometimes when my desk looks like this...

I like to spread out on the floor. 
{Side note: my parents used to find me asleep next to my school books}

Or my amazing husband hangs out with the kids so I can sneak to a coffee shop!

Other than these pictured writing nooks, my two biggest founts of inspiration are the shower and the treadmill. In fact, I plotted the last quarter of my WIP tonight with my critique partner on the phone while I ran a few miles at the gym! 

I know you're a busy bee, too. How (and where) do you make writing a priority?


Laurie Tomlinson is a wife and mom from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is passionate about intentional living, all things color-coded, and stories of grace in the beautiful mess. Previously a full-time book publicist, she owns a freelance copywriting, editing, and PR consulting business called 1624 Communications

She's a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a two-time Genesis Award winner, and the runner-up in the 2015 Lone Star Contest's Inspirational category. 
Her work is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary.

You can connect with Laurie here:
Twitter - @LaurieTomlinson


Christen E. Krumm said...

Rock star! Running AND plotting! You go, girl!


Julia M. Reffner said...

Love your pictures and your colorful plotting! :)

Angie Quantrell said...

When my kids were younger, I too spent time at the coffee shop - waiting for dance class to be over, working on deadlines, and so on. Now I spend most of my time in my office (since our birdies have flown the nest, we have space for an office). If I am planning, then I like to spread out on the kitchen table. When gathering ideas, that just happens anywhere! Must travel with pen and paper. :)

Jeanne Takenaka said...

Loved this, Laurie! Especially with young kids, you get the word count in wherever and whenever you can! :)

It sounds crazy, but my favorite place to write is my kitchen table. It's usually somewhat cleared off (all the piles are to my right, on the counter). When I open the curtains to our back yard, I can watch the clouds, the birds in our yard, or whatever else is hopping. It's a nice, open space, and I am discovering I LIKE that.

I also write in my project room. When the kids are home, I shut the door. I usually watch the sun set and it's colors on the mountains around us.

To make writing a priority, I usually add it to my calendar as an appointment. Now that I think about that, I haven't done this in a few weeks! :) It helps me to take it more seriously. Also, when my kids are home, I try to be focused on them rather than on writing.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Running and plotting? That's awesome!
I plot in the shower too. LOL Or with my headphones firmly on my head in the livingroom with my notebooks around me to jot down anything/everything that comes to mind.
Just have to say--I love coming here and get an extra shot of writing inspiration as I sip my coffee every morning before I start in on my WIP

Laurie Tomlinson said...

@Christen - It was more of a "shuffle"/walk break/email back LOL

@Jules - You know how I feel about color coding!!!

@Angie Q. - I think we think the same way! Spread out is best to organize the wildness going on in there :) I have a pen and paper in my car, beside my bed, etc. and a notes app full of inspiration on my phone!

@Jeanne - Genius! (New nickname: Jeanne-us) Love love love the idea of scheduling it on the calendar!

@Meghan - Shower plotters unite! And thanks for stopping by! We love having you :)

Laura C. Brandenburg said...

Wow. Just wow! You are amazing, and I'm so proud of you for staying up with NaNoWriMo. So impressive! :) (I'm over here floundering, but that's okay. :) Grace for that, right? Ha!)