Writing Challenge Day 14: Show your workplace

Alison sitting at her desk

I hope you didn’t expect a tidy and sleek office?

My office is a place full of paper, books, notes, pens, files, cup of coffee, lights, noticeboard, etc. Our super-tough birchwood work stations came over to France with us ten years ago, plus the IKEA office cupboards which used to adorn my UK office when I ran my translation business.

We converted part of the enormous basement into an office to fit the furniture, et voilà! My IT engineer husband fitted network cabling, wifi, regular routers, a second wireless access point and all those techie things you need. We have two HP printers, one colour, one black & white laser, all inherited from the UK business. We will never need to buy a paper clip, filing tray or ring binder ever again.

Behind all this material description runs a theme; having a properly equipped and comfortable workplace. It can be a ‘shed’, a spare bedroom, part of a living room or extension. Even if it’s a ‘portable’ office, you can organise it so it can be easily set up whenever you want. Multi-tiered trolleys are excellent mobile storage spaces for the latter. (IKEA does a great one.)

Sometimes, when my back misbehaves and it’s too painful to sit for hours, I have a stand made from on old occasional table – thank you, dear husband – which stands on my normal desk.

Each writer has their level of untidiness/tidyness – that’s a personality trait – but each of us must make our own, dedicated personalised space so that our muse feels comfortable enough to come out to play.




Writing challenges so far:

Day 13: A funny family story. Or not
Day 12: Early bird or night owl?
Day 11: Favourite writing snacks/chocolate porn
Day 10: Post an old picture of yourself
Day 9: Post 5 random facts about you
Day 8: What’s your writing process?
Day 7: Introduce your ‘author friend’
Day 6: How the writing all began
Day 5: What inspired the book I’m working on
Day 4: The setting for the new Roma Nova book
Day 3: Introducing the main characters Julia and Apulius
Day 2: Introduce your work in progress
Day 1: Starting with revealing information


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories, are now available.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. NEXUS, an Aurelia Mitela novella, is now out.

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