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December’s Question: What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?
I know a lot of writers have one particular spot where they do most of their work. It’s logical: Cultivate an atmosphere for creativity and when you enter it, you’ll be ready to go. I’m not one of those writers. When I write, it’s wherever I feel like at that moment. It might be in the living room, in my office, at the dining room table, or in bed. Across the board, five objects that I’m guaranteed to have nearby wherever the mood strikes are:
1) My lap desk. I actually do not write on a computer (except when blogging). I hand write all my drafts first, then transfer them to Word documents. This way I can take my work with me wherever I go and not be wondering where I left off.
2) A pencil with top eraser and finger grip. Yep, I don’t even write in pen! While I see the merit of not editing as I go, my OCD tendencies cannot allow me to let a misspelled word go uncorrected. If I know it’s there, it has to be fixed. Immediately. Otherwise the flow stops and the page and I get into a staring contest. Trust me when I say that no one is a winner in that situation.
3) A beverage. If I get dehydrated, I get a headache and cranky.
4) A tube of chapstick. If my lips get dry, I get cranky. (Apparently a lot of things make me cranky.)
5) A comfy cushion. Being uncomfortable doesn’t make me more productive. It makes me, you guessed it, cranky. I will move from chair to chair until I find the most comfortable spot. Until I’ve removed all discomfort, there is no hope of me achieving anything.
Let’s get the beach ball rolling: What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?