The great part about being a writer is you don’t have to write in a particular space. If you’ve got a computer or a pencil and paper, you can write! I do have a desk where I can write. It’s special since it was handmade in Indonesia while I lived there. But often I find myself writing wherever I am. It could be on the sidelines of the soccer pitch, my car, library, backyard, or a coffee shop.

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I am a creature of habit with an almost monk-like dedication to my writing routine–which will become very obvious once you take a peek at my office! It’s always been important for me that I have a writing space that is super functional, private, and cozy because I spend so much time there every day. Luckily, I have managed to snag a whole room in my house just for writing. It was once my children’s playroom,

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When my husband and I built our house fifteen years ago, we had a strict budget that dictated our square footage. At one point, my husband asked me to make a decision: did I want a formal dining room, or a self-enclosed office?


Well. That was a no-brainer. As someone who dislikes cooking and formal entertaining, and as a writer and teacher who has always worked from home with young (and later older) children around,

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the immense pleasure of attending Indie BookFest with some of my fellow Writer’s Atelier writers! The experience was incredible: I loved being able to connect with fellow authors, hear about others’ professional journeys, and even win a few new books in a raffle. However, the best part about the entire weekend was all of the incredible tips about both writing and publishing that I learned through the incredibly informative panels (including several taught by members of our own Writer’s Atelier family!).

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Aside from being an author, I juggle being a full-time librarian, and full-time wife/mom. I work 40 hours a week, then come home to care for my daughter (soon to be daughters!), and then sometimes have time to make small talk with my husband after bedtime. It’s a tough schedule, especially when trying to fit in personal writing time. But the thing is, if you like something, you make time for it. You do it,

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For most of my life as a writer, I’ve been a coffee shop kind of girl. (Which is kind of ironic because I don’t drink coffee—I drink enough tea to keep me plenty caffeinated— but no coffee.) I’ve always loved the feeling of cracking open my laptop at a coffee shop, listening to the faint buzz of chatter around me, watching the world go by out the windows, and sipping my tea. Something about being in a new environment—an environment where I’m not tempted to put on my sweatpants and start watching TV—has always inspired me.

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My ideal workspace meshes home office harmony and invites possibility.

I’m currently blessed to write full-time. It has been a long-standing goal and living the dream is so rewarding, but not without challenges.

I prefer to write at home. And that has meant carving out a niche where I can be productive. I’m not one of those writers that can usually sit in a café or a park and write. I’m too easily distracted.

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I might be an “adult” (whatever that means), but one of my favorite genres is always going to be Young Adult fiction. There’s a reason that many of these books appeal to the masses on such an unprecedented level: there’s just something about the way fictional teen characters throw themselves wholeheartedly into everything life throws at them (with uninhibited emotion and fearlessness bordering on recklessness), that just makes such a compelling narrative. YA fiction is also my favorite genre to write for many of the same reasons.

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It can often be difficult to find the motivation to work on your novel even if you consider writing your full-time job. But if you really do have a full-time job, finding the time to write can often be just as difficult as finding the motivation. You think you’ll have this time when your work day is over, but before you know it, you’ve spent all the time you had dealing with other life necessities when you got home,

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I don’t know about any of you, but I’ve always felt that one of the most incredible aspects about writing is coming up with the characters. This person exists only in your mind, and then they’re breathing on a page, forever tangible. You’re practically creating life. If you’re lucky, you could create a character that becomes beloved far beyond the pages of your work, the type of character that people relate to, connect with, and stay in love with forever (like Harry Potter,

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