Gretchen Griffith You can tell an author by her work station
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You might not be able to tell a book by its cover, but you can tell this author by what surrounds her desk.
Three indispensable tools I have that I wish upon every writer:
1. A supportive, yet honest critique group
Left to right, Me, Teresa, Sandra, Deb, aka, Soup Critique Group
3. A muse
"I like the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions." James Michener This ever present Writing Muse from critique partner Teresa hangs beside me every morning as I eat breakfast and prepare myself for the day.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but you'll have to roll your cursor over this one to find them. There are hot spots on the photo below, move your mouse over any of them and a pop up will appear with more information about that area of my desk. There is one small hidden gem in the photo... see if you can find it.
2. A professional organization to keep up to date with the publishing industry and up to snuff with the craft of writing. I belong to the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators,  and to its local affiliate in the Carolinas.