Where Writers Write: Wade Finnegan

This week we welcome writer Wade Finnegan to the Where Writers Write series. Remember– if you want to be featured in the Where Writers Write series, email me at kristinoffilerwrites@gmail.com!

First off, thank you Kristin for allowing me the opportunity to share my space.

The insight of this series is just another example of how the writing community stays connected, even though we are many miles apart. Kristin’s blog is a wealth of information and I am honored to be a part of it.

I live in the beautiful state of Oregon, just outside of Portland, with my wife Kris and my son Zach. My son plays ice hockey; so much of my time away from work is spent at the rink. Watching my son grow and learn is a great joy of my life. I have a passion for the outdoors, and fish for Salmon and Steelhead in my free time.

Aside from being a writer, I’m also a high school Reading Specialist and have been teaching for the past fifteen years. It is very rewarding when I can turn a reluctant reader and expose them to the joys of literature.

I write about a wide variety of subjects, but focus on what I know: outdoor recreation and education. I’m a very social person, so I excel at interviewing people and learning what they are passionate about. A writer gets to know people from all walks of life; this draws me to the profession.

What is your writing space like? 

My main space is my home office. I have a dark wood oversized desk with pictures of old Oregon City and my family on the walls. The room has good natural light, and the oversized window lets in the sounds of nature. The burnt orange color provides a sense of calmness and allows my thoughts to flow.  However, being a dad and helping with homework many nights moves my writing to the dining room table. This space works for me when needed, and as my son gets older I will write more in my designated space.

Do you keep writing routine? If so, what is your routine? 

I wish I had a routine. For now, I write when I get the chance, usually at night and on the weekends. Hopefully, when I become a full-time writer that will change. I prefer to write early in the morning when the sun is rising. There is something about the beginning of a new day that is inspiring and gets my creative juices flowing. I like to keep a schedule, and when I make the transition to full-time I will designate time for writing and marketing daily.

What’s something unique and interesting about your writing space? 

My family has an extensive history in Oregon and my space reflects that. I have several wood carvings that my grandfather hand carved placed about the office. My space captures my love of the outdoors, and my family.

If you could have any writing space in the world, what would it look like and why?

I would love to write in a log cabin placed next to a mountain stream. This would be the best place to write, because listening to flowing water is relaxing and clears my mind. Having the chance to slow down and solely concentrate on writing is the ultimate goal and a log cabin away from the hustle and bustle of the city would be the perfect retreat.

Wade named his business Quality Writing because that is what he strives for. He has experience in copywriting, articles, profiles, white papers, newsletters, brochures, web content, and blogging just to name a few. He take pride in beating deadlines and exceeding editors’ expectations. Follow him on Twitter @QualityWriting.

Thanks for sharing your space with us, Wade! What do you guys think about his dream space? Tell us below in the comments!


12 thoughts on “Where Writers Write: Wade Finnegan”

  1. Love the soothing color of your office walls, Wade. But how can you keep the desk top so clutter-free? I can barely find the surface of my desk most days!


  2. Hi Wade,

    Nice space you’ve got there. I like the clean look of it. My space is clean and sparse like that as well. I’ve got a room (actually meant to be a home office by the builders) designated as my office, but it doesn’t have doors. With four kids (I call them my beautiful chaos) running around the house during the summer and other school holidays, I really feel the absence of doors on my office space. 😉

    I’m currently saving money in a special envelope to purchase French doors for the space, which my husband will install. I’ve only got a little bit to go and I’ll have my doors!

    While I love the idea of working in a picturesque log cabin next to a beautiful, clear mountain stream that I could see through a giant picture window, I would only want that for short periods of time. I love the hustle and bustle of my family around me and the community in our small suburban town outside of gigantic Houston.

    Your passages about motivating non-readers to see the joy and value of literature (and even pop-fiction) is inspiring. Keep up the good work!



  3. Thanks Samantha, some days I wonder if it is worth it and then a student gets excited about a book and there’s my answer. Family is very important to me as well and I totally understand the good chaos. It’s something about the wilderness that lets the ideas flow. Having the best of both worlds would be ideal, but I’m completely happy where I am. Thanks for checking out this post. You should email Kristin and have your space featured.


    1. I totally get what you mean about the wilderness. You’re right, it’s exhilarating in a way that nothing else is. I love going to Park City and hanging out in the vacation home that my family owns (not me, but my family, mind you) and become filled with all manner of amazing ideas and creativity. I usually don’t write, per se, when I’m there, but I carry around a little journal and jot down all the cool ideas and thoughts I have while there…even cute things my kids say, or things I hear strangers say.

      I’d love to have my space featured. I’m getting ready to paint it and change it around. Perhaps I could do a little before and after.


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