Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Getting My Writing Room Organized - with my Little Library

I have a bookcase!

Well, actually, I have lots of bookcases. But, I now have one for the little walk-through room I call my office.

My office is really our old laundry room where we have a small upright freezer, a pantry, a Hoosier cabinet and other old kitchen stuff ---- and a little enamel top table that I use for a desk.

my bookcase (that I am still getting organized)

shelf filled with various 'writing' books

shelf filled with my 'idea' and reference books

Now, whenever I need to look up anything, all I need to do is roll over in my chair and browse through my little library of helpful books.

Titles of some of my getting idea books are: The Book of Bizarre Truths, Inventions That Changed the World, Kids Say the Darndest Things, Sears Roebuck and Co. 1909 Catalog, Scholastic Book of Lists, American Nicknames, Garfield's Book of Excellent Excuses, Going to School in 1776, What Your 5th Grader Needs to Know, The Quotable American, Mistakes that Worked, 97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh, American Folklore and Legend, Great Thoughts and Funny Sayings and The Book of Answers, etc.

Some of my writing books are: Various books on writing poetry, Nothing Rhymes with Orange, Writing in History, Writing From Personal Experience, Write your Life Story, Thesauruses, Writing Picture Books, From Inspiration to Publication, Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, various Dummy and Idiot books, Creative Writing, Painless Writing, Write Right!, etc.

It was a learning experience just putting the bookcase together :o)

It must be helping, since doing this a few days ago, I have sent in two submissions!

Clutter hurts creativity and output! So I challenge you to get uncluttered.

Are you organized? Do you have your helpful books all in one easy place to get to?

Happy Writing!



  1. Congratulations on getting organized! It is nice to have your own space to write. I am an organized person, but you wouldn't know that if you looked at my desk today. Need to get a project out of the way then I will set things to rights. Have a great rest of the week! :)

    1. Thanks, Karen. Wishing you a nice week, too.

  2. An interesting list of books. Have you got Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones? I love it. I also tidied my writing desk yesterday. A therapeutic activity :-)

    1. Hi Rosalind, no I don't have that book. I might have to check it out.

  3. We have a lot of the same books. Congrats on getting everything organized and submitting. I need to do the same!

    1. Thanks, Rosi. Good luck with submitting!


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