What’s My Writers Space Look Like?

Fellow blogger, Rebecca Bradley at Rebecca Bradley Crime (author of the DI Hannah Robbins detective stories, which I am not-so-patiently awaiting #2 in the series) does a fun column where she interviews authors about their first drafts. She always includes a request for a picture (or a description) of their writing space. Although everything about the posts is spot-on, a lurker’s peek into where brilliance is born is one of my favorite parts.

Naturally, I assumed you-all would like to see where I write. I have a warm home office that’s perfectly sized to avail me of my varied digital devices as well as piles of reference books I often refer to. Though my two monitors hide the view, if I crane my neck up and to the side, I get a glorious sight of my verdant back yard with the occasional horse trotting by on our homeowner equestrian trail. Here’s a picture:


For those of you who have already seen my device-filled desk, I’ve collected other offices of writers–some my blogging friends (shared with permission) and others from people who posted them as available to all. Take a look:

photoediting on dual display...

photoediting on dual display…


Desktop mix on a wooden office table background. View from above.

Desktop mix on a wooden office table background. View from above.

Yellow notes on a laptop screen

Yellow notes on a laptop screen

photoediting on dual display...

photoediting on dual display…




What do you think? Which is your favorite? What do you have that isn’t included in these?

More on writing:

4 Ways to Plan Your Writing

Proofing Your Manuscript–Ten Tips

3 Desk Organizers You Need

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


11 thoughts on “What’s My Writers Space Look Like?

  1. Dual monitors, so cool, I want dual monitors.

    • I blogged about my dual monitors and did some research to add flavor. I was surprised that the research shows dual monitors make people more productive. Sure, I can see all the reasons, but I would have thought for many, they’d be distracting. But not true.

      • In my work, dual monitors are a great help. Software development often requires having lots of windows open at one time – editor, compiler, testing, documentation, email, skype and of course iTunes. With one screen you have to constantly click between windows and things get lost. You forget where the test is or you need to flip back and forth between your code editor and the requirements document. Being able to have that all open and visible really saves time. At home, I’ve got a very large screen and it’s big enough to keep open all the windows I use when I write – word, browser, trash can…

  2. I used to use dual monitors, but my current setup doesn’t allow for it. This has been a big issue for me. I have to find a way to make that work again.

    • Your computer won’t allow two monitors? I think my Chromebook might not–maybe laptops don’t. Anytime I’m in power-user mode, I have to sit at my desktop rather than my Chromebook or iPad.

      • Well, I have a USB monitor splitter which used to work fine for my laptop but they stopped developing drivers for it, so as I’ve moved to newer operating systems and newer computers, it has become harder to use. Plus, my super-HD laptop screen is a lot better than the quality for my older, separate monitors. So it’s suboptimal at this time anyway.

  3. What a fun post, Jacqui, and very useful – I really want dual monitors. Also want the view and the dog. Someday…

    • Hehe. I have a spare monitor (again–don’t ask) and am considering a third monitor. But, I think I’d have to stack them, which would get in the way of my view. Not a good idea.

  4. I like the yellow notes on the laptop screen, Jacqui – that looks like my work-space! 😉

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