Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: December 2018

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means! Let's convene another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group! Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has gathered another bunch of co-hosting minions for this month: J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey.

Don't forget to check out the IWSG website for great articles and resources!

The optional question for this month is: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?

This is an excellent question. Every writer has their must-have writing items. Here are mine.

1. Laptop
     This is an indispensable item for obvious reasons. Without it, I can't type. I can also use my laptop to listen to music while I work, and this helps inspire and motivate me. Unfortunately, the internet access it offers often leads to distraction, but I can hardly blame the computer for that.

2. Coffee mug
     The mug is often filled with coffee, sometimes with tea. These beverages help me get into the zone in terms of writing. They're also delicious, so that certainly helps with their appeal.

3. Water bottle
     This is a must. Sometimes I need a good sip of water, and I don't want to get up in the middle of a scene if I can help it. Having this close at hand helps minimize distractions and keeps me working.
4. Stack of notebooks
     When I'm out and about, I can't always have my laptop handy. I try to always keep a notebook with me, though, because ideas don't care whether I'm near my laptop or not.
5. Lamp
     I need plenty of light to write by, especially since I do most of my writing at night after my kids have gone to bed. Without a good lamp, it would be a lot harder for me to get my work done.

What five things could we expect to find in your writing space?


  1. I have have all of your items in my workspace for the same reason. Are we twins separated at birth? LOL Have a great month.

  2. Someone else who writes to music - good for you!

  3. Mug and notebooks are always on my desk, too.

    The ad at the top of your blog is for TSO. Good thing I am already going next week. LOL

  4. Notebooks, mugs and a lamp are in my area too. Lol! By hopping around, my list keeps growing. I'm beginning to feel I have a cluttered writing space. Happy Writing!

  5. Notebooks are a must, as well as a laptop!
    Happy writing in December!

  6. Great answers, L.G. Sounds like a very practical writing space!

    Since I switched to a laptop, I don't really have a dedicated writing space anymore, but a computer, two cats, and something to drink are the constants.

    Happy holidays!

  7. Water is a must for me, too.

  8. Your list is very similar to mine, except I forgot to list my water bottle. So important to keep hydrated!

  9. My desk includes all of your five, except the laptop is a PC and the light comes on as soon as my eyes get strained mid-afternoon.