I am happy to host Author, Mark Bierman, the November Spotlight Author at the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!
He is the author of Vanished, a compelling and gritty story about human trafficking.
Today, he has some advice about an author’s writing environment.
How to set up your writing space
Where you write can almost be as critical as how you write. Here are a few tips on setting up your writing space.
It’s all about environment. That’s a different animal for everyone. No one knows your comfort level better than you. Maybe you can complete your masterpiece while standing at the island in the kitchen, as your pre-schooler plays the soup pan drum. Perhaps you require a sensory deprivation chamber just to type the date. Most of us fit somewhere in between.
An unused spare room, away from the general traffic areas, could make an ideal crafter’s cave. If space is at a premium, investing in multi-purpose furniture and/or an adjustment of writing schedule, may be wise.
Multiply those screens.
If you find switching into a different tab or window annoying, try adding another screen. I find this particularly useful when conducting research. One screen is dedicated to searching Google, while the other remains on the manuscript. This can also be applied to social media and emails.
Smell your way to success.
There has been some research indicating that aromatherapy may increase brain function. Peppermint and lavender scents may enhance focus, while lemon may decrease those nasty typos.
If you don’t use it, lose it. Clutter begets confusion and distraction, so toss the trash and store the items that you aren’t currently using.
Light up your life.
Want to improve productivity and avoid headaches? Proper lighting is the key. While natural light is best, if you write in a windowless room, LED lights are a suitable replacement. Avoid bright light directly on your computer screen. This can be accomplished by repositioning the workstation, or using shades and light diffusers.
This list is not exhaustive, there are many other wonderful ideas for building your writing nest.
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Tragedy . . . heartache . . . how much more can Tyler Montgomery and John Webster take? This missions trip, the “healing” one, has only added fresh layers of pain. Construction of an orphanage in Haiti’s northwest . . . yes. But a doomed rescue operation, human traffickers, human anomalies, extreme personal danger . . . risk of death? They hadn’t signed up for those.
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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark’s childhood consisted of chores, horseback riding, snowmobile races, fishing trips to local lakes, and many other outdoor adventures. He was, and remains, an avid reader of many genres.
Transitioning into adulthood also meant moving from the farm into large urban areas that introduced this ‘country boy’ to ‘big city’ life.
Drawing on his many experiences as a private investigator, and later, a correctional officer, Mark combines his unique experiences and imagination to create stories and characters.
Follow Mark online!