When I was setting up my office, two objects were of huge importance – the desk and the lamp. My desk had to be the right size to fit my computer (sitting toward the left side), a notebook (sitting directly to the right of my computer because, believe it or not, I still write most of my posts by hand before typing them into my blog!), and enough room on the far right side of my desk for my calendar. The lamp had to be small with a moveable head and bright white light so that I could work comfortably with the main room light turned off.
Sounds very cozy and organized, doesn’t it?
Well, it might be if I could manage to keep my desk that way! Oh sure, every once in a while I give it a good tidy. But, I have to say that most of the time, stuff is piled up until I can barely see the colour of the desktop (black glass, if you were wondering). You see, the truth is that most of the time I don’t actually sit at my desk to write. I pick up my laptop, notebook and pen and take them somewhere else. It’s not the mess that discourages me either.
It has, I think, something to do with the fact that a chair and a desk forces me to sit in a particular way. It’s a kind of rigidity. Now, I’m the first person to say that parameters are good. It’s one of the reasons why I love essay writing. I find that the strict rules governing how to write an essay actually free my creativity. They give me a way to organize my thoughts so that they end up reading clearly and accurately.
Favourite writing places might work the same. Those days when I’m pressed for time and need to make sure I get a lot of work accomplished are the days when I’m happy to sit rigidly at my desk and work away until I’m done (or at least until straightening my knees becomes a nearly impossible task). Then there are those days when I need to get work done, but I’m not so pressed for time. That’s when I hang out in the family room with the pets, stretching, walking … snacking whenever the urge takes me.
But, my favourite place to write is on the deck of a cottage overlooking a sandy beach and listening to the gentle ebb and flow of the waves on the shore.
Are your favourite writing places also productive writing places?