How Do You Shelf Your Books

Today, someone in an online picture book writers’ group I belong to posted a question…How do you organize your picture books? This got me thinking. I looked around my office, then my bedroom, moved to my living room, my lower level living room, my guest bedroom, and finally, my closet. How do I organize my picture books as for that matter any of my books? I organize my books a couple of different ways.
In my office, I have a shelf for my own published books. While revising a manuscript and doubt begins to creeps in all I have, to do is look up and I am inspired and encouraged to keep plugging away. Studying, researching and finally, picking the perfect word is a lot like searching for the perfect puzzle piece only with writing a writer knows every word is fair game when it comes time for revision.
Along these titles, I have all my writing books, how to write a query letter, handbook on magazine writing, writing books for young people and many others.
On my desk, I have piles of library books for current projects. Weekly, I go to the library and check out a bagful of picture books. I read them, study them, count the words, study character and structure and then read them all over again.
I have piles of books that I am using as reference books on manuscripts I am working on. Piles of books on Arlington National Cemetery, Ellis Island, and Cherry Blossoms to name a few sit on my desk currently.
I am happy in my office. I am surrounded by books, paper and art work what else could be better!? What is sitting on your desk?

my published titles

desk

Advertisements

One thought on “How Do You Shelf Your Books

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s