Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The writing space

by C. Michelle Jefferies

Do you have the writing space of your dreams? Is it a corner of another room, a comfy couch, or an office to yourself?

I know one writer who loves to write by hand in a notebook in her papasan chair which she calls her "writing chair". Another writer has a couch and uses the back of said couch for their storage. Another writer has a long narrow office with shelves along one wall a couch on the other and a desk at the end of the long room. I even know a writer that had a whole huge room in the basement with walls covered in pictures of her characters.

Regardless of what it is, It needs to be someting you are happy with. When I attended Storymakers Author Kevin James talked about ergonomics, and that if you are writing you need to be comfortble and in a position that is good for your body. Is your back strained after a few hours? Your eyes hurting? Your hands and wrists in pain? Chances are you need to re-asses your writing space and do something to make it better. If you do, your body and WIP will thank you.

What is your writing space like? Are you happy with it?

The road to wisdom is not always straight.


Daisy Carter said...

Hi! Wandering around the blogosphere and came across your post! So nice to meet a fellow writer!

I write in as many places as I can. My kitchen table, my couch, my bed, coffee shops, restaurants...the only place I never seem to get any work done is at my desk. :)

Maybe it's too far removed from the rest of the world. Maybe I need a little chaos to push me through. :)

Unknown said...

Hello Daisy, I'm allways glad to meet fellow writers too. I can write anywhere, I used to have an office downstairs but it was slowly taken over by my kids and laundry. I moved upstairs and spent a few months on the couch but was seriously unproductive there. When my daughter went to college I moved children around and took over the smallest bedroom upstairs for an office. It is half writing and half craft but at least everything I need is in one room. I wrote a 64,000 word MS in June in my office and it was awesome. I'm looking forward to November for NANO.

Weaver said...

Yes, I do have my own space, but I think my ergonomics could be better.