Hello, SE Readers. Joan with you today with my last post of 2020. If you follow this blog, you’re either an author who wants to engage with other authors and learn more about the craft or a want to be writer.
For most of my life, I fell into the latter category. I knew by the age of ten (maybe before) that I wanted to be a writer. It was only a dozen years ago that I decided to do something about it. I didn’t have a clue about writing fiction, so I took a few online writing classes. The things I learned were invaluable.
In one of the classes, the instructor used the term “butt glue.” In other words, butt in chair, fingers to the keyboard, and write. But many of us juggle other responsibilities—a home, family, full or part-time job. We have to make time.
But equally important is a place to write. In my early days of writing, I made a lot of excuses not to write, one of them being distractions. Most, if not all of us, would like a nice room in the house we can call our office. My ideal space would have a comfortable chair, a desk, a computer with double monitors, and a nice window where I could see nature.
Guess what? I don’t have a separate room. My writing desk is in the den right next to the television.
More often, I’m on the sofa with my laptop and trusty writing companions. (They “think” they’re helping.)
Over the years, I’ve learned to tune out distractions—even when there’s a cat on my arm or my husband has the TV blaring. I believe the more we write, the more confidence we gain. Therefore, we have less “excuses” for not writing. But if you have trouble with noises, a quiet place is essential.
Enjoy the outdoors? Take your laptop and go outside. Need to get away from the house? Find a nearby coffee shop. (Great place to watch people and get character ideas.)
For your home “office,” whether it’s a separate room or a little nook, make sure it’s comfortable for you. A good ergonomic chair is a must. Your desk needs to be large enough to accommodate your PC or Mac, monitor, printer, storage space for items such as pens or paper, and any writing books you find essential.
Make sure you have sufficient lighting and the room temperature is comfortable. Windows are nice, but if you’re easily distracted, keep the blinds closed. If you’re “sharing” the room and noise is a factor, consider purchasing noise-canceling headphones.
Most important is to make the space comfortable for you. While some might prefer an antique roll-top desk, others can get by with a simple writing table. What works for one writer might not for another one.
What’s your favorite place to write? Would you add any other essentials for your workspace? Please share in the comments.