Get your envy pants on, boys and girls. Lindsay Marks, author of Daddy Issues, is here to share her writing spaces with us. That’s right, spaces. With a space for every purpose and an ocean just out the door she’s got a lot to share.
WHEN THE MUSE CALLS, SHE NEEDS SPACE
By Lindsay Marks
Greetings from Santa Monica, California! I’m thrilled to be included in Ben Wallace’s tour of writing spaces. My writing space is determined by what that muse is telling me to do.
First Draft Crank-It-Out
For the primary composition of a first draft, my trusty desk is the place.
Earbuds for sound control (see below)
Space heater under my mousing hand (yes, it gets cold here in Southern California!)
Footstool with pillow to prop up the feet
Nail care kit in the front pencil holder, for those moments when I hit a snag
The “LOVE” box holds things like paperclips and stickie notes
Phone on top of Kindle at my right hand
As beautiful as Santa Monica is, it is a city. I have lovely young neighbors with a healthy, audible sex life, along with traffic noise and garbage trucks in the back alley. If I can’t find silence or predictable background noise, I go nuts. The earbuds are essential.
If I’m not listening to my iTunes playlist or Pandora, I’m filling my ears with ambient sounds.
Moods (with alarm clock) (generally I pick rain)
This is for timed writing sprints.
This one has several choices of natural sounds. You don’t have to actually fill in the sign-in block. Just pick the one you want to hear with the choices at the bottom of the screen and let it run.
Great site. Who knew there were different “colors” of white noise? I prefer the brown myself.
Star Trek Ambient Engine Noise
Does this need any explanation? (Who’s a Trekkie? Raise your hands!)
When it’s time for redlining a hard copy of the draft, “the chair” is the place.
This chair is wildly comfortable but next to impossible to get out of once you’re in it. It encourages, then, long periods of editing without interruption. I have to be sure I’ve got everything I need before I start, which includes: red pen, phone, earbuds, taking care of any pending bodily functions, a drink (usually non-alcoholic!), and then of course, the draft itself. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten that last item.)
Note my grandfather’s old Royal typewriter to the left. It keeps me honest.
Research and editing
The best place in town to get some concentrated time in is the fabulous Santa Monica Public Library, a few blocks from my apartment at 6th and Santa Monica Boulevard.
The library has a café where you can get a mean BLT.
Can you see my favorite library editing space below? It’s the little two-seater table way up in the shadows of the upper middle. No one else goes there. It’s heaven, with a view of all the palms and plantings and that BLT just steps away.
For a change of pace
There’s nothing like the view at Palisades Park along the coast. You can go down there with a raft of pages or your laptop and write your masterpiece in the sun.
The famous Santa Monica Pier, featured in countless movies and TV shows, is in the background below.
Below is one of my favorite spots in the world—the Montana Ridge sculpture at the end of Montana Avenue. I have some sort of mystical connection with it—when I stood on this spot on my first trip to California almost twenty-five years ago, I knew I would live here someday. And here I am. One of the scenes in my book Daddy Issues is set here, with my character achieving a moment of epiphany while taking in the view.
And this is the view. That’s the coast to the north, going up to Malibu. Santa Monica sits on a sixty-foot cliff overlooking the ocean, with a wide beach below.
Of course, if you’re taking a break, all you might see is this:
About Lindsay Marks
Lindsay Marks has never been able to stay away from storytelling, but it wasn’t until a few years ago she gained the courage to call herself a writer. Her first novel, Daddy Issues (set in Southern California and published Nov. 2012), tells of thirty-something Alison’s wrestling with the death of her mother and her longstanding hatred for her father through some intense sexual experimentation with a man who should have known better. You can find the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu.
Thank you, Lindsay, for sharing your writing spaces with us. You have my envy, especially since you get to play on those rings when you’re not writing. Be sure and check out Lindsay’s book, everyone.