I credit my ability to sit down and actually write my first book, and my second, third, and fourth books, with having a dedicated writing desk.
I remember attending the GardenComm annual meeting back in 2016 and having friends there tell me, “You can write a book.” But somehow I couldn’t imagine myself sitting on my couch with my Macbook on my lap, writing a book.
But while I was at that meeting, I got a text from my niece asking if I wanted my mom’s old desk. It was actually a group text to me and my sisters but I saw it first and immediately texted back, “I’ll take it.” Within hours of my return to town, I headed to my niece’s house and picked up the desk.
It wasn’t the desk I thought she was referring to—a desk my mom had gotten from her mom—but it was a desk. We think it was probably the desk my dad used in his dental office.
It also wasn’t a big desk. Once I got it set up in my library, I had just enough room to put the MacBook and an extra monitor on it with a little leftover space for a notebook and a holder with pencils in it. But that’s all I needed. I now had a dedicated place to sit and write. Sitting down at that desk sent a signal to my brain that it was time to get off social media and focus on writing.
And so I wrote. Four books.
And I’m still writing. I’m currently working on my fifth book, going through all the edits suggested by my content editor and making changes she has suggested in her comments. Once I’m through this phase, I’ll send the book to a couple of beta-readers while simultaneously working on a cover design.
Come back later and I’ll tell you more about this next book!