My Writing Space
Two screens. It probably stems from my programming days but I like to use two screens when writing. I can have my writing program on the main one and any information I might need on the other.
Tea! I drink copious cups of tea throughout the day. Whenever I reach a hiatus I reckon the action of getting up and going to make a cup helps stimulate my brain.
Sometimes I sneak my ukulele in here. It's a distraction, but I figure it's better playing for a few minutes than looking at Twitter! (If you think the ukulele is a bit of a joke instrument check out this video of virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and prepare to change your mind) Jake Shimabukuro plays his signature version of George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps, May 18, 2009 at the Four Seasons Hualalai. The concert was a...
Charlotte Savage? Could be! From time to time I'll do an image search for "redhead woman" (hint, use safe search!) and print out a picture I feel might resemble Charlotte. When I get distracted by something and start browsing the web she gives me a stern look and tells me to get back on with my work.
Hand rest, executive chair, monitor stand, footrest. Having spent thousands of hours programming I'm really focused on providing a comfortable environment. It's no less important when writing.
As an ebook Touch has done very well, but there's nothing quite like having the paperback up on my shelf. Buy TOUCH: A DI Charlotte Savage Novel by Mark Sennen (ISBN: 9780007512096) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
Some of my favourite crime fiction authors. In this pile Stuart MacBride, John Harvey, Mo Hayder and Graham Hurley.
Great view! My work space is in the garden so I've got a pretty nice outlook. There's no near neighbours and no roads which means no distractions. Sometimes that can drive me a little stir crazy!
I use Scrivener to write with combined with Evernote for keeping track of "stuff". The home of Scrivener and Scapple writing apps.
Not a pleasant read! My collection of books on serial killers. I prefer to keep Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, et al, out here rather than in the house! Read a short piece I wrote about serial killers at Killer Reads. Mark Sennen: Serial Killers: My New Best Friends | KILLER READS
Kindle. It's useful to be able to read through draft chapters on my Kindle as I feel I can get a much better feeling for pace, etc. than if I read on the screen. My Kindle's also packed with books: I haven't book a physical copy of a fiction book in several years (truth be told we've got no room left on our shelves for any more, so the arrival of the ebook was timely).
My Phone. No reception for calls or texts (which is great!) so just for emails via wifi, but I might use the phone to sneak a listen to an old Yes track or two if I want a few minutes distraction. For me as a writer I think this track has a a bit of added meaning. Lyrics:I awoke this morninglove laid me down by a river.Drifting I turned on upstreamBound for my forgiver.In the giving of my eyes to see your face.Sound di...
Follow me on Twitter and then you can try and distract me while I'm writing! The latest Tweets from Mark Sennen (@MarkSennen). Author of the Holm & da Silva series (Canelo) & the DI Charlotte Savage series (HarperCollins/Avon). Latest: Rogue Target DI Savage 7 TBA soon!. On the mud, Devon, UK
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You might think my work space is a little sparse... but that's exactly how I like it!
My work space is a boxed off section in a log cabin. It's small but cosy (especially when the rain is hammering down outside). Creating a dedicated space for working is one of the best things I've ever done. When I sit down in here I know I'm here for work and nothing else.
This little guy came from Hungary many years ago. His name's András and he watched over my kids when they were tiny. Now he watches over me!
I'll often have a map of Plymouth on this screen, either for research or inspiration. Click the link to view Plymouth and its environs. Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

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