Wendy Orr, John Boyne, Michael Pryor, Deborah Abela and many others on where they write. I'm fascinated by writers' spaces and how the space impacts on the writing. This week, with the release of my book Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space, I have turned the lens on myself and answered the five questions, with lots of pics of the weird places that I write.
Where did you write your latest book? How important to you is the space that you write in?
|My desk last year. Ganesha statue and Buzz Lightyear mug are regular fixtures.|
|Veranda where I work for a period most days.|
My desk space is usually plastered with images and quotes and ideas about the book that I'm writing. I listen to different music for each book with a soundtrack playlist in my iTunes. That music drops me into character each morning. I mutter to myself a lot, especially with dialogue, trying to 'hear' each character. I try to visit the places that I'm writing about or get as close as I can to them by digital means.
|Pictures, notes and quotes around my workspace.|
|Me, years ago, working on a screenplay while camping in Joshua Tree National Park.|
|Caught last year in Sydney sitting on a plastic tub, writing in the garage.|
|Every now and then I spend a day at the beach writing and walking and writing and walking.|
Do you keep regular writing hours? What are they? If not, when do you write?
|I always keep some of my favourite books close at hand. It's inspiring just to see the spines.|
Do you have a morning ritual? Roald Dahl was said to sharpen pencils. What settles your mind for writing?
Trying to start at the same time each day, freewriting in my morning pages book, drinking green tea, listening to the soundtrack for the book, looking at pictures that relate to my story. I try to stay away from the web if I can because I quickly disappear down rabbit-holes and it devours writing time.
Here's a short video on how I wrote my book Two Wolves / On the Run: