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Secrets of a writer’s desk

There are many, many secrets of being a writer.  Of course, I can’t tell you what they all are, as then they wouldn’t be secret any more.  But I think I could maybe let you into one or two, as long as you promise not to tell anyone else.

On my desk, I have this lovely little chest of drawers, a present from my sister.

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It’s one of those things that I didn’t know I needed until I actually had it and it’s now become a vital element in my writing toolbox.  In this drawer, I keep map pins, which I use to pin things to the noticeboard over my desk.

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In this drawer I keep something really vital for my writing – handwarmers.

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My fingers get so cold that sometimes it’s hard to type or write, so I put my handwarmers on.  I knitted them myself from some Jacobs’ humbug one ply yarn handspun by Jennie Howes. In fact, knitwear is quite important to me in my attempt to keep warm while getting words onto the page – I’ve already written about my embarrassing cardigan.

In this drawer live my memory sticks – an important belt-and-braces extra place to save my latest work, just in case anything happens to my laptop or the cloud or the files I regularly email to myself.

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These next two drawers are for keeping little chocolatey treats to help coax the writing process along.

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As you can see, they’re currently empty.  I need to do some filling up very soon as chocolate and tea/coffee are pretty essential to my writing process. Any chocolatey donations will be gratefully received…

Which leaves this drawer.

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And I’m not going to tell you what’s in it.  A writer has to keep some secrets after all. You can ask all you like, but my lips are firmly sealed.

What would you keep in a secret drawer?

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  1. June 24, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    What a beautiful set of drawers! I always found translating in winter required fingerless gloves and at least one big cardigan. I never had anywhere so nice for the treats though!

    • June 24, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Fingerless gloves are fantastic, aren’t they? Fun to knit, stashbusting and so useful for chilly digits!

      • June 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm

        I’ve not made many pairs – they were only ever good for indoors in Germany – but I could see me wearing them outdoors here in Sydney. And yes, perfect for stashbusting!

  2. June 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    What a pretty little chest. I’d probably fill all the drawers with secret chocolate if it were mine 😉

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