my creative space…

Kirsty’s “On my desk” has evolved into “My Creative Space” for 2009. 

Kirsty says; “Each Thursday I’m going to post an image of what’s in progress either on my desk, in my spot, on the sofa, desktop, at the kitchen table…whatever. If you’d like to play along & find some new blogs along the way then you just need to post & then pop into my creative space post for the day & paste your post URL into the auto link widget…”

I thought I might too.

This morning I was cooking a cake in my pjs ready to take out to morning tea at a mate’s, and Amelia came into the kitchen and said; “Huh? What are you doing in the kitchen?” – and I said “making a cake!” and she said, “Wow, every thing’s topsy turvy today – Lil’s playing with my tamagotchi, I’m not watching tv, you’re in the kitchen, cooking“… so you can see that obviously I have not been doing a lot in the kitchen lately, unless you count sitting at the kitchen table with my lap top.  My creative space for the last 22 days has been in my head, on my laptop at the kitchen table amongst the crayons and the breakfast plates, and after the kids are asleep, curled up under the quilt banging out trash at a furious rate. It’s still all about the writing. Above you can see my work in progress. That’s my big folder of bits of paper and stuff which I actually never really look at, and that’s my lap top which I love to pieces, and on the screen you can see my  novel’s outline, which I have just discovered needs a drastic rewrite. All the motivations aren’t working, my protagonist is a walking contradiction. And I thought this novel writing would be easy. Well, actually I never did think it would be easy – and now it’s living up to expectations.

Some useful things I found yesterday while I was in the dumps:

Hack your way out of writers’ block at 43 folders

How to write a novel in 100 days or less (which is not what I am trying to do but it has 100 interesting points about novel writing.)

Find more creative spaces at kootoyoo.

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10 Responses

  1. samantha says:

    love the nathalie lete quilt!

  2. Damon says:

    There’s something cheering about that combination of butterfly fabric and laptop.I wonder: how exactly is your protagonist contradicted? Some contradictions can actually provide the story with its vital conflict, tension; with the wonderful or tragic revelation that gives the work its allure.

    I was writing about this recently, the difference between philosophy and literature. The first attempts to overcome contradictions – they’re a sign of error. The second often thrives on them.

  3. Kirsty says:

    Oh Claire, your creative space looks most inviting.I love Amelia’s topsy turvy observation.

    I think about this contradiction thing quite a bit…I often feel that I’m a walking contradiction.

  4. Nicole says:

    I love this idea – sharing creative spaces. Wondering if my car counts… I tend to create a lot these days while sitting in school car line. 🙂 Not nearly as conducive to relaxing creativity but you take what you can get!

  5. kitti says:

    hello 🙂 i just started reading your blog! Excuse me if i evesdrop, you’re very interesting to read about, lol. I like that you are writing, its very brave of you. I’d love to write but I just dont think I could come up with any good stories. Its a terrible excuse, I know.According to all my favorite writers, inspiration often comes from least expected places. Good luck with all that <3

  6. marie-louise says:

    Thank for your lovely things-links to Etsy!

  7. Lilika says:

    Your pictures are always so inspiring. Love quilting I could just cut and sew fabric all day and might have to do that this weekend if it snows any more.What sort of writing software are you using for your novel? I knew about the screenplay softwares but was surprised by all the novel software. Do you have Hemmingway like rituals – like standing whole you write dialogue or smoking a cigar for the action? (mabey not smoking with wee ones but you know…)

  8. Man says:

    I just love scrivener!! It’s just great for writing..

  9. Just bought the same MacBook & the 24-inch iMac. That very week Apples’ shares went up…figures.

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