Today I thought I would show you some of myself. I am a writer, and I thought it might be nice to see some of what The Writer’s Life looks like over here. All of you of course have your own Writer’s Realities – and all of us are unique.I love seeing the process, the place, and the personality of fellow writers – published and unpublished. I find myself looking in the backgrounds of pictures to see what kind of counter top or wall paper someone has. I just like those things. I also love to see their yards and their pets. Am I weird? Well, yes.
So here I am:
Not a great picture – but – it is me. Ariel Swan writer of supernatural women’s fiction.
This is my wannabe writer’s reality.
This is my office – the table where I do planning and school work. I am home on vacation from the day job – teaching eleventh graders English literature and writing. I love to read and write and that is what I do in my free time. 16 year olds on the other hand – not so much. I wish I had a classroom full of students like me. You can see in the picture some grading I need to do – today.
I am an obsessive planner. (As a teacher and a writer.) I love organizing and putting things is order. Told you I was weird.
I have started using art paper – long 12x 18 art paper – to look at my plot – as I am revising – and to lay out genealogies – which is a layer that has been added to my WIP – well not really added – it was part of the original idea – but something I chose not to do in the first draft. Now that I am revamping – adding oomph and more story to support my premises – I have added it back in. The trick is not to make it too complicated – but to use the family tree in points of interest only.
I am an avid reader of everything.
These are some of the books I have on my working bookshelf. Some of them I just reference for inspiration – others I look at to chart plot pacing that has worked. To Ride A Silver Broomstick one I use for witch knowledge – spells and herbs and such – which figures into DISTILLATION. There is also the Oxford Dictionary of Superstitions. And of course a regular dictionary which I use all the time. Somewhere in there is a Writer’s Market too – but now I use Query Tracker
which is much easier as it is up to date and cross reference-able.
Although you can’t see me I am sitting at this desk right now. Spooky. My writing desk is a mess and every time that phone rings it scares the bejesus out of me- especially when I am writing a scary scene. Up to the right is an antique unframed mirror I found in an old garage when I worked for a General Contractor doing the books. I love antiquy things – especially old Dags and such. These also figure into DISTILLATION.
You can also see to the left the pile of my print outs – that is all novel stuff. Spread out it looks more like this:
All right – I cheated – I pulled out the files and the print drafts too. It is a lot. As I’ve said I’ve worked – hard – to make this story what it is. Maybe too hard. And now I am re-writing – which is different than revising. Some say I should put it away. But I mostly write in the summer – so I do get some distance. After this rewrite – and an edit – I will stop and move on. I am stubborn – what can I say. I want to get it RIGHT.
One last thing to see. I said I like seeing pets – so here is one of mine. My baby – Simone. Tortie Point Siamese and Princess Extraordinaire. I also have chickens.
So, that’s my Writer’s Reality. What makes up your Writer’s Reality?