by Shari Randall
The other day I stumbled upon a photo essay of the desks of famous writers. Since I'm hopelessly distractible, I searched through them for hints for putting together a workspace that would boost my focus and productivity. What did I learn? That authors' desks are as individual as their owners -- and that Ray Bradbury must have had the most incredible ability to focus (just Google his desk).
I became curious about my writer pals' desks, so I asked the Writers Who Kill to share photos of their workspaces. We all have our own style that works for us, honed by years of trial and error and the limits of our real estate.
Korina Moss and I have opted for a comfortable, overstuffed, armchair/laptop combination:
While Jen Chow has opted for the classic dining room table as desk:
Some new studies have shown a correlation between cluttered desks and genius. Grace Topping and Susan Van Kirk are proof.
If we had a prize for most adorable screensaver, Marilyn Levinson would win:
Want elegance? check out Margaret Hamilton's space:
As the blog's talented organizer, it's appropriate that E. B. Davis' workspace looks like a command center:
James M. Jackson and Tammy Euliano have found a room with a view to be helpful in the creative process:
Kait Carson adds a cat to her view:
Nancy Eady ups the comfort factor with a cozy throw, pillow, and canine companion:
Alas, Rosalie Spielman, who will be joining us in the new year, didn't clear her photo with her feline overlord.
Writers, share a photo of your desk in the comments. What do you think makes a good workspace?
Shari Randall is the author of the Agatha Award winning Lobster Shack Mystery series and the new Ice Cream Shop Mystery series (written as Meri Allen). Her latest book is The Rocky Road to Ruin.