My Inner Sanctums

Welcome. You are entering the inner sanctums of my writing workspace. Where the seeds to my stories are cultivated, nurtured and grown to their full maturity.

Let me be your guide.

1. Gallery of Dreams (top) …   My focus is to become Published. Each framed picture represents the title and cover of a completed (or near completed) book on which I dream and visualise my future publishing success … Until they become reality.

Me and Her: a Memoir of Madness

•    Sayonara … Crime Faction

•    Josh and the It … Kids Sci-Fi Chapter Book

2. Vision Board ( bottom right) … I concentrate on each item on the board, visualising my success, sensing and believing the powerful emotions when I … receive that contract … sign those books …speak at my book launch. (Tip from ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne.)

3. Extra Absorbent Towel (on the back of the chair) soaks up the sweat and tears of putting 200% into my writing practice.

4. Books on Bipolar Disorder
(left) … These books aided my recovery and were valuable when researching my memoir. I have a stack of other reference books too including The Australian Writers Marketplace, to which I refer on my quest to become Published.

5. Zillions of Notebooks (all sizes) … I jot down ideas and inspirations longhand before typing them up on the computer.

6. The Third EYE (top left) … I’m interested in cultivating and expanding my creativity. A large blue EYE is also the motif on my business cardktdreams1. (Google … Pineal gland …The Third Eye really exists.)

Lisette Ogg of Queensland Writers Centre invited me along on this Blog Tour of Writing Spaces. She’ll be linking and tweeting to this post from sometime after Monday 8 February.

The Empty Page at QWC

What did you think of my workplace? … Is it anything like yours?
Does your workplace inspire you to write?

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24 comments to My Inner Sanctums

  • You have an inspiring workplace, Karen. The gallery and vision board is a wonderful idea 🙂

  • Thanks Carol. I’ve had the Vision Board for some time now after reading The Secret. The Gallery of Dreams is a new edition, my own spin-off from the Vision Board. Cheers, Karen :))

  • All the comforts of writing home…love the blue eye 🙂

  • Hi Lyn, The Third Eye pic I made during my ‘Vacation’ in hospital. Recently, I covered the crayon eye with the one from my Business card. Cheers, Karen :))

  • one day I’ll clean my office, find my desk and post a pic like this. You know Karen, once I cleaned my desk and found a laptop (battery was flat, but it was still a laptop)

    My desk always says ‘Office’ in a bland kind of way — i don’t like distractions so my mind kind of deletes everything interesting in front of me and give me something blank to work with. Sadly the most interesting thing on my desk is small Tardis pit attached to the overhead bookshelf

  • Hi Robert, I’d love to see a photo of your office with Tardis pit and all. Lost your laptop there eh? LOL … Cheers, Karen :))

  • Very nice, Karen. I love the idea of your visual boards. I’ve made a mock up cover of ‘Dirt’ as the cover of my research notebook. The third eye pic is a great idea too. Joanna :))

  • Hi Joanna, Glad you like my visual boards and Third Eye. What does your mock cover of dirt look like? Does it have a pic? See you tonite @ the Writing Races @ 8pm. Cheers, Karen :))

  • angie leeming

    Inspiring… work space reflects my life at the moment…..chaos. No wonder you can achieve so much!

  • Loved your blog on your workspace Karen. I always think it is exciting to get that sneak peak into a writer’s space.

  • Hi Kel, nice to see you here. Glad you like my Blog. Love to have a sneak peek of your writer’s space too. Are you going to Vision Writers on Sunday? Cheers, Karen :))

  • Hi Ange, Glad you like my workspace. I believe a little order in your physical space creates calm in the mind. Best wishes … Karen :))

  • I love that writers are sharing their working spaces. It is such a good idea & I love the insight into the way different authors work. I, too, like your visual goal displays: such a unique & wonderful idea.

    If I posted my writing space (or, the place where I spend most of my time writing) it would be my living room floor or the computer at my workplace (in my lunchbreak of course!). 😉

    I don’t have a nice, beautiful desk full of pretty things like you. I am a minimalist. I write where I can. 🙂

  • Hi Amber, Glad you liked my Dream Gallery. Its so important to focus on your Writing Goals and visuals definitely help. Doesn’t matter where you write as long as you are Writing every day. I often write on buses and trains with pen and ink, jotting down inspirations … Karen :))

  • Jeffery E Doherty

    Your desk is too tidy.

    Mine looks like a bomb site. 🙁


  • Your workspace is definetly a writer’s paradise. I wish mine was that big. Living in a small place it is hard to have everything in one spot. The visual boards are very cool.

  • Hi Jeff, My son tidied it when I was overseas and I’m trying my best to keep it that way… But out of frame there’s a spare bed piles with files. LOL Karen :))

  • Hi Boo, nice to hear from you again. Glad you liked my Vision Boards. I kinda like them too … Don’t worry I still leave my writing stuff all over the house. Karen :))

  • Ahh, yes, I see you too are a tidy person, Karen. Or maybe we’re a little bit of control freaks. Tidy space = tidy mind, I say. And more productivity. 🙂

  • Hi Sheryl, control Freak? Never! LOL … I say YAY to productivity, whatever the state of the writing space … Happy Writing :))

  • Hi, Karen
    Re your mock up cover question. I’ve put up a photo on my latest blog post, ‘Fragments’, at The dinosaur picture is taken from a junior ‘Let’s Discover’ book about dinosaurs, so the cover won’t look like this. Pasted it up as inspiration for my research note book.
    Joanna :))

  • Hi Joanna, Love your mock cover of “Dirt” with photo of a vicious T-Rex and real gritty dirt under the plastic cover … Must inspire you with your Research and Rewrites … Good Luck with it. Karen :))

  • Your workspace works for you and is lovely. I wish I had more space to have reference books so handy and if I wasn’t in my family room, I’d like a pin board. (Gotta worry about that clutter when everyone can see it.) I think most writers lament the perfect writing space. Personally Di Morrissey’s little writing cabin may be cliché but I WANT ONE.

  • Thanx Donna for creeping over to my INNER SANCTUMS. Now I know my link with Queensland Writers Centre BLOG TOUR is up. . Glad you like my workspace. Cheers, Karen :))

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