One of my hopes of the writing space series was to highland professional writers who are not necessarily novelists. Lori is a journalist, a published writer of articles and quite an interesting woman. I hope you enjoy her introduction here and also check out her articles elsewhere.
Will you find me blogging, editing, or writing stretched out in the garden tub in front of the opaque window in my bathroom? Perched on the high bar stool at the island in my burgundy and chocolate kitchen? Or slumped in the olive-and-cream stripped wing chair in my bedroom?
Which did you pick?
I’d write in the bathtub if I could, that’s where I love to read. Hence my resistance to purchase a Kindle. But electronics and water aren’t the best combination. Sadly, I’ve learned this from personal experience involving a toilet and a cell phone.
My kitchen wins loudest room in the house, what with three children constantly opening and closing the refrigerator and panty door, whining, “There’s nothing to eat,” or “I hate fish.”
Which leaves the wing chair in my bedroom.
I have a thing for being comfortable. Feet pulled up and legs crossed, back pressed against the soft back of my grandmother’s favorite chair, sometimes even a blanket covers my lap. If I’m not comfortable, I can’t think. Or write. And if I’m not comfortable, I get distracted. Plus, my kids haven’t learned to pick the lock on my bedroom door. Yet. That’s always a bonus.
I won’t make you guess my writing tool of choice.
It’s a laptop.
My fingers have somehow trained themselves to speed across the keys and match my thought process. I do a lot of stretching with my left pinky to tap delete, delete, delete. Not quite the same feel when you do it with a pencil, an eraser, and a notepad. If that were all I had to work with, no words would end up on the page. No good words anyway. And it’s almost impossible to cut and paste on real paper. Add in the Sticky Note function on Word, and I couldn’t do without my laptop.
Before I began writing, I read. All the time. Different genres from romance, to historical fiction, to FBI thrillers, to Young Adult fantasy. So it’s not surprising that I’m an eclectic writer as well. When it comes to my passions, I’m a little ADD. I need variety to keep up with my attention span.
My blog supports two sides of me. I post inspirational devotions as well as tips for new writers. You can find my byline in articles in various Christian publications and on blogs for Crosswalk.com and Believe.com. I have a short romantic story coming out in an anthology in November to benefit a wildlife refuge in Arkansas and my current passion is the YA science fiction/fantasy novel I’m editing and getting ready to query.
Writers are so different, aren’t they? As artists, we all have our own space, process, and tools. Yet, in a way, writers are all the same. They can’t not share what’s going on inside their heads and that’s how the best stories get out there.
Lori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, is an editor for The Christian Pulse, a writing coach for the North Texas Christian Writers, and a coffee addict with three awesome kids, an even better husband, and is pet mom to various animals that have wandered into her house. You can find her at lafreeland.com. Facebook. Twitter.