Writer Wednesday – Favorite Item on Your Desk


Writers need a desk or flat service of some sort during their quest for words on the page. I’ve seen all shapes and sizes of desks– long, narrow, high, low, round, square, wood, glass or soft, as in your lap, and once the rail of a deck. We find inspiration everywhere whether we sit or stand to work. But our cubicles, bedrooms, kitchens or offices have special items that add to our inspiration.

Today we’re chatting about our favorite items on our desks. I have two desks. One is a big unit with a lighted hutch. I use this desk for household and internet work and spur of the moment writing. The computer has more oomph than my manuscript computer, so it’s handy for photos and website work.

When I write, though, I escape to an extra bedroom I’ve made into my special place. It’s neater than my big desk 🙂 . As my mood shifts, I move around items on my desk. Besides my notes for the current story, I often have a silver heart that’s sometimes a paperweight and often times a talisman for thoughts. It’s smooth and heavy in the palm of my hand.

Silver Heart

Other items on my desk are whimsy things I found and fell in love with. They move around the surface, but offer up silent encouragement and make me smile.

Fairy, Time and Birds





The most heartwarming “items” are my cats. Kitty is about 5 months old in this photo.KittyonDesk
She loved to take her naps when I sat down to write. Most of the time she didn’t cover my notes, but all the time she kept me company. She bonded with our son and lives with him now. I miss her. My current cats, Neo and Sophie love when I sit in my office. They love to sit on the keyboard, race around the monitor and otherwise irritate me until I get out of my chair. Not a good thing when inspiration strikes.

I love anything that shows the art of reading. This photo has my favorite Story Teller elf, my Rabbit Reader and a Mother mouse reading to her young one. All make me smile and remind me that reading is what transports me to other worlds and stories are the life blood of readers.

Reader Rabbit, Mama Mouse and Story Teller






What special items rest on your desk, giving you inspiration and a whisper of motivation? Share your items with us. We’d love to see your pictures, too. 

And be sure and note the sidebar for future dates we’ve planned. The fun continues with my writer friends. I can’t wait to see what items live on their desks. Check out their links below.
Contemporary Romance Writers Tamra BaumannJamie WesleyKat CantrellPriscilla KissingerLauren Christopher | Paranormal romance writers Kay Hudson | Romantic Suspense Writers Carol PostSharon Wray | Novels with Romantic Elements Natalie Meg EvansJean Willett | Sweet & Faith-based Romance Writers KD FlemingKristen Ethridge | Historical Romance Writers Kathleen Bittner-RothWendy LaCapra


And for more fun, I’m sharing KD Fleming [2012 Golden Heart winner!] and her May release, HER HOMETOWN REPORTER. Below is a teaser and several links to help you find the book 🙂


The reporter is looking for a story that’ll be his ticket out of his small Georgia town. With her political connections, legal assistant Gina Lawson could help Toby realize his aspirations. Their friendship is just an added bonus, but falling in love isn’t part of his five-year plan.
Gina’s devoted to her family and community, and doesn’t plan to ever leave. Though she finds her favorite reporter maddeningly irresistible, she must guard her heart. But when a betrayal of trust threatens to shatter both their dreams, will Gina and Toby learn that they share the same values after all?

Links: Amazon Barnes and Noble Harlequin

8 Replies to “Writer Wednesday – Favorite Item on Your Desk”

  1. LOVE seeing your kitty on your desk, Jean! As to writing at a desk….Desk???????? Um…I write propped up on my bed, with my laptop on my lap. Isn’t that why it’s called a laptop? Okay, I do some promotional stuff at my desk – when I can find room. My lucky olive shell is front and center. My dad’s Marine Corps portrait is there. And then there are PILES of books, papers, and journals, along with photos of my grandson. And there’s the belly dancing costume, but it’s only there because it hasn’t been put away. It’s not, like, a good luck writing charm or anything 🙂 SOMEHOW, I’ve written four books. I’m in awe of people with clean desks.

  2. Oh Jean, I loved your last line: reading is what transports me to another world and stories are the life blood of readers.

    Beautiful words!

    You’re absolutely right about being transported to another realm. 🙂

    Thanks for showing us a peek into your writing space.

  3. I’m a fan of the silver heart, too. So smooth and simple and yet inspiring. I love the idea of a desk in constant movement as the words/scenes change! And that fairy is just lovely.

  4. Hi Jean!

    I love your figurines, very cute! And that smooth, cool, silver heart would be irresistible to toss from hand to hand, or just to hold while pondering the next scene. I hope it reminds you of all the GOLDEN heart nominations you’ve had because you’re such a great writer!!

  5. I love the figurines, Carol. And the cat. I’ve pretty much convinced my cat, who is very large, so stay off the desk (she likes my lap better anyway), but there’s a window behind the desk, and every once in a while a bird flies by . . .

  6. Jean, I love seeing your favorite things on your desk. But I especially love your silver heart. And your cat. I love writing with my dog beneath my feet. He keeps them warm! 🙂

  7. Jean, I love the silver heart. Nothing like feeling it’s weight in the palm of your hand to draw on the emotions for love on the page.

    You are all inspiring me to get our office set up so I can have one spot of designated tranquility. (I think my muse is tired of chasing me around the house.)

    We don’t have any pets, but we have huge oak trees and lots of blue jays, mocking jays, and at least 2 families of cardinals, so I’m serenaded every day.

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your writing process and inspirations.

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