Recently I cleared off my desk and, I have to tell you, it made a huge difference in the writing experience for me.
Now, I’m a pretty firm believer that you can and should write wherever you need to. Have a long flight while traveling? Bust out that laptop! Meeting friends at a park, but they’re running late? Type out a few paragraphs on your phone! Have a long bus commute? Bring along a notebook and pen!
Just because you can write anywhere, does not mean that those places are your ideal spots, and when it comes to your routine, you should think carefully about where you plan to do the bulk of your writing.
If you’ve been following me on social media, you may have noticed that I’ve been complaining about some wrist problems lately. But you know what simple fix helped that? Sitting at my desk with good posture, instead of lounging on my couch. I’m not saying that I’m ditching my lap desk now and refusing to write on the couch ever again. What I am saying is that I’m aiming to do the bulk of my writing in a place that will not cause me pain.
And you know what? There were extra perks that I did not expect. For one thing, I actually find it easier to avoid procrastination at my desk. It just feels like a place where I should be working. I don’t have the tv in front of me. I don’t have my husband sitting right next to me (sorry my love, but you are very distracting). And our two cats are less likely to worm their way between me and my laptop. Not that they’ve stopped completely, of course, but the activity certainly has decreased. It’s easier for me to get my words done faster without all the distractions.
Plus, at my desk I have all my writing related books and notebooks, not to mention notecards and pens etc. I no longer have to go through the whole process of setting up the couch area for my writing. My desk is always ready and waiting for me.
Another small, but nice touch is that I can light a candle at my desk while I’m writing. Currently I have a Pumpkin Spice candle burning and it’s really been giving me some nice Fall vibes. Altogether the writing experience at my desk is just more pleasant.
And I think that the division between my writing world and my relaxation world aka the couch is healthy. Milwordy is a tough challenge and mentally it’s a relief to have that separation between “work” and relaxation.
Everyone is different, so what you need in a writing space, may be very different from what I needed. Let me know down in the comments if you have a dedicated writing space or if you write anywhere you get the chance. And if you do have a dedicated space, is it a desk? Your couch? Your kitchen table?
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