As part of the Violet and the Smugglers Blog Tour, I am pleased to welcome author, Harriet Whitehorn on to the blog to show us where she writes her books.
For me, there are three distinct stages of writing - the planning (both the whole book and individual scenes), the actual writing, and the editing. If I am planning, I find it best to get out of the house and I will go and work in a cafe nearby. I do love all the fantastic independent cafes around me but I have to admit, a little sheepishly, that I find my local Starbucks the easiest place to work for the simple reason that it plays music. I am incurably nosy and the most terrible eavesdropper and if there is no music playing, I find it almost impossible not to listen to other people’s conversations.
The actual writing and editing I do at home, in my study. It’s tiny but it’s mine, and therefore the one place in the house, I am allowed to indulge my messiness. I have cleared it up considerably for you.
Above my computer, I have a collection of postcards, partly just to have something to look at and partly to inspire me. This is a picture of the auditorium of La Fenice, the opera house in Venice, which features in Violet and the Smugglers.
I am rather fascinated by this girl, with her direct blue eyes, who I picked up at an exhibition at the Royal Academy and I can feel working her way into a story.
And this is Tatty who keeps me company.
I love the idea of a strict routine - hence Violet’s timetable of extracurricular activities in the first book - and I know that for some people they are essential. But I find that tackling whatever I am feeling most guilty about first thing in the morning works best for me! So that might be writing, sorting through my inbox, the food shopping or even walking Tatty. And then I just carry on according to my guilt levels until I feel I have done enough, which usually coincides with me having to cook supper.
If I am feeling particularly obsessed with what I am writing (or particularly guilty) I will work in the evening too but normally I just collapse in front of the television like most people.
Thank you Harriet for showing us where you write. I definitely go by the guilt factor too when it comes to routine.
Violet and the Smugglers is published by Simon and Schuster on the 10th of March.
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