Writing in, writing out, writing shake it all about…(and Toppsta Giveaway)

I have my desk set up just how I like it. I built it into a just-big-enough alcove in my rented Georgian flat in Bath (what to do with it when I move out will very much be a bridge to cross at the time). Upon it: my MacBook (with an additional screen), an antique copper lamp, my notebook in which I have been writing the story, and another – smaller – notebook with my notes. My phone is normally hanging around there too, quite distractingly. I like there to be plenty of bare space on my desk. Perhaps it helps my mind focus. Maybe it’s more comfortable on my arms. It’s probably just because it looks better.

Having said all that, I can’t write there all the time. I like to write in different places. Coffee shops (*cliché acknowledgment*), of which there are many good ones in Bath (Colonna & Smalls is a particular favourite), pubs, and of course, the Bath Central Library (which I think the council are wanting to move to a less prominent location – which they shouldn’t!) In warmer months, Henrietta Gardens, Victoria Park, or any of the other beautiful outdoor spaces around the city are lovely settings for getting some words on the page. It’s in these cold, dark times of winter that it is all too tempting to wear comfy clothes (‘slouchies’ in my personal vernacular), and stay in my flat, at my desk. I’ll be honest, I do succumb to that temptation frequently. However – and I’m sure most writers will agree with me here – it really does help productivity to get out there into the world. To force yourself to wrap up in waterproof layers and venture out to the coffee shop, or pub, or library, with the trudge of someone who is on a mission, even if they’d rather not be. If you do stay in, you must promise yourself to be as disciplined as you would be if you were out. I’ve learnt, and am still learning, that.

Anyway, it’s slightly drizzly out, so I’m in my slouchies, sitting at my desk, drinking a free cup of tea that I made myself.


The lovely people at Toppsta are running a giveaway for a copy of  The Almost Animals.

A little about Toppsta, in their own words:

Toppsta aims to solve this problem for children aged from 0 to 14. Whether you’re a busy parent, a generous grandparent or a baffled auntie, we want to become THE place where children and parents recommend the very best books to each other