Lately I’ve seen so many beautifully arranged pictures on social media of authors showing their picture perfect writing spaces, so I thought I’d show you the reality of mine. Here it is, in all its messy glory. This isn’t to denigrate those writers out there with their aesthetically pleasing laptop and coffee arrangements, maybe with a photogenic dog in the picture, or a serene fireplace. It’s purely to confess that I’m messy.

Yep, I’m messy, disorganised and forgetful. There, I said it. I keep multiple notebooks and sticky notes of lists to remember all the things I need to do on any given day. I could have tidied up the desk above; chucked the notebooks and stationery organisers on the floor simply to take an artistically displayed photo of my writing space. But that wouldn’t have reflected the reality. I had a productive writing morning on this day; I’m up to 29k words in my current manuscript, novel WIP#5. It’s more important to get drafting than arrange a perfect photo.

I draw the line at a writing selfie, however. You really don’t need to see a photo of me in my PJs and dressing gown with greasy hair and pink eye. Reading about that reality is quite enough!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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  1. Monch Weller says:

    Ah, even I have the same cluttered desk. Just be careful with the coffee though; you don’t want that to spill on your laptop!

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