Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for best mystery. She writes Amish mysteries for Zondervan, Amish romances for Harvest House and Amish novellas for Abingdon and Zondervan. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. Her first self-published book will release in September and is an inspirational romantic suspense titled Hidden. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. Learn more at www.vannettachapman.com
The first thing we did was convert the closet into a supply room. That’s been very helpful! I needed a place to store books, paper, pens, toner, etc.—and we even managed to fit a tall filing cabinet in there.
This is my desk area. Notice the lamp. I prefer to work with a lamp on instead of an overhead light which tends to give me headaches. Also note the laminated calendar on the wall. I keep a calendar on my iphone, imac, etc … but I like to have a quick visual if I need to glance up and check a date. This is one of those calendars you can write on with a sharpy.
Next up is my bookcase. I know it LOOKS messy, but I can find anything I need very quickly. I keep my own published books there,
for when I need to find a quote. I also keep writing and reference books there. The small table to the side is a family heirloom, but I use it for stuffing mailouts.
What office would be complete without a little help? This is Leo, and he sleeps on my keyboard whenever I’m typing. I also have a large lab that usually lies on the floor behind my chair. And another cat who sits in the window. Yup. Everyone is here to help.
This is my “alternate” office. It’s the deck at the back of our house. Right now it’s too hot to work there, but in the spring and fall this is where you’ll find me. I take my ipad and go out there to do my wordcount for the day. I love it!
I think the main thing is that you have a space that is “yours” – even if it’s the dining room table after dinner. This space is where you go and study and read and sit at the keyboard until the words flow. It’s what you need it to be, not necessarily what you see in a magazine as “the perfect office.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip into my space. Thanks for stopping by!