Elizabeth Michels' Writing Place + Giveaway
Ever wondered about Elizabeth Michels' favorite place to write? She tells all in this blog post.
Welcome to my office! I’m so glad you’re here! Let’s have a cup of coffee. Sugar? Cream? Make yourself at home. I hope you’re comfortable. The fireplace isn’t currently roaring, but we’re also in North Carolina, so the weather isn’t that frigid here. You can sit in the green chair that was once in my little boy’s nursery, then it resided in the corner of the playroom for years. I wrote my first 3 books in that chair before we moved into this house and it found a home in the corner of my office.
This is where I spend most of my days…and some late nights, pounding out stories on my computer. My writer space is in the basement of my house just off of the game room. We moved into this house almost three years ago and I can’t even tell you how excited I was to finally have an office with real walls and a door that closes. It was life changing. I was so excited in fact that when it came time to choose colors and fixtures, I chose lavender walls, white faux fur, and a glitzy chandelier. I love my office!
Answers to the questions all of my friends seem to ask:
· No, that is not a painting of me on the wall, but I like her. I’m pretty sure she’s waiting for her carriage that will take her to the ball.
· And don’t worry, no Muppets were harmed in the fabrication of my office chair.
I plot my books before I write them. So beside my desk is a 4 foot by 10 foot cork plotting board. In case you’re curious, I ordered the cork online, and my husband helped with the gluing it to the wall and trimming it in wood. It keeps me sane while I write. I love having all of the information I need to know about my current work in progress posted right beside me. Every card represents a scene in my story. They are color coded and marked with different types of stickers that have different meanings. I also have character inspiration pictures and a sketched out timeline of the series I’m working on. In this picture you can see The Wicked Heir is up on the board, so the timeline I’m working from is for the entire 4 book Spare Heirs series.
Of course, sometimes I need to walk away from my computer for a few minutes to clear my head. I have a few places I go, armed with a notebook and a pen to sort out difficult scenes…
Here I am on my back porch, staring into the flames and trying to understand what one of my characters is going through in a scene. Fresh air and staring into the fire always helps me when I get stuck.
On warm days, I walk down to the dock and sit by the water. I usually end up feeding the ducks that live in my cove of the lake as I try to write down notes about a scene, but somehow their quacking helps me to find the right dialogue for a scene.
But, sometimes I just need to leave home. There’s a diner at a marina near my house where I sip coffee, eat far too much bacon, and sort out whatever troublesome character I’m dealing with at the time. It’s always quiet there on weekday mornings, so no one minds if I look out the window and think about the scandalous events that took place at a ball in 1817.
What’s your favorite place to dream about books?
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Elizabeth Michels grew up on a Christmas tree farm in rural South Carolina. After tip-toeing her way through school with her focus on ballet steps and her nose in a book, she met a boy and followed him a thousand miles away to Kansas City, Missouri where she lived for many years. Together, they spent their summers with his family in England, soaking up culture and history. Elizabeth attended Park University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design.
Elizabeth now spends her days creating plots and concocting characters. When she is not typing as fast as human movement will allow, she is caring for her husband and little boy. Elizabeth Michels is a lover of happily-ever-afters. Whether in her writing life or in her home life, she spends her days with one word on her lips: love. She invites you to read her stories, get lost and enjoy.