I am a visual leaner. This is not news to me but I was reminded of it yesterday at my Heart of Dixie meeting when Harlequin Presents author Kimberly Lang gave an excellent program on the writing process.
Plug: Her new book,
Boardroom Rivals, Bedroom Fireworks is out now. Get it! But I digress.
Where was I? Yes, I am a visual learner. Kimberly had a list, much like those "at risk for this disease" lists that you see in magazines and I am an almost textbook case visual learner.
- I do not and never will story board, but I have pictures of my heroes and heroines on a bulletin board.
- I have maps of our fictional town, Merritt.
- I have floor plans of houses, shops, and restaurants, all drawn by Stephanie in an effort, I'm sure, to shut me up.
- I have the spreadsheet that Stephanie did of what's supposed to happen.
- I have bookmarked pictures of engagement rings, china, clothes, and virtual tours of my characters' cars.
- I color code with highlighters and post it notes.
- I can listen to music with words while I write and it doesn't impede my progress; if fact, it helps me.
But there was this one thing that kept me from being the quintessential poster child for a visual learner.
Usually, visual learners need to keep their desks tidy, to avoid becoming distracted. Though the rest of my house is pretty much always orderly, my writing space in a mess. It doesn't bother me a bit. When I go to my desk, I am in the bubble.
I've seen more than one person's jaw drop upon entering my office area/guest room. Knowing me, they just can't believe I work in chaos. I have book cases, bins, filing cabinets, and good intentions. Really. Right now, piled beside me is my church and Junior League directories (which I use to choose surnames), a Lands' End coupon (that I may or may not use), the books Kathy and I used to name her new characters (which I tossed on the bed when I could have put them on the shelf), CDs, birthday cards (my birthday was in June), piles of change, a broken clock, and many, many other things that I am too embarrassed to tell you about.
I'm going to clean it up. Tomorrow. Just as soon as I write the scene that is cooking in my head. Really.
What is your work space like? Is it important to your process?