Insecure Writer’s Support Group: December

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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?

8 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group: December

  1. I write in various places, too. And, I always need light. Darkness is what makes me cranky when I’m writing. I tried writing by candlelight once when the lights were out and it bugged me. Too much shadow.
    Happy writing in December and welcome to IWSG!
    BTW – sorry it’s a bit of a mess, but I do most of my blogging at a blogger site even though I have a wordpress site. My blogger site is: https://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com/2018/12/theiwsg-december-2018.html

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  2. I love your honesty in what makes you cranky! So fun! Admittedly, I think we all can be a bit cranky when trying to be creative, so we do need things “just so.” And I’m impressed you write by hand. I used to do that, long ago, and my hands would cramp up to where I couldn’t write as fast as I wanted to…which led to my switching to typing and the computer and still not being able to type fast enough. Oh well!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely deal with the hand cramps and the frustration of not keeping up with my thoughts. But I’ve found that typing makes me feel inauthentic; I get more of what I’m shooting for when I’m handwriting. At least for now. We’ll see what happens when arthritis sets in!

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  3. Wow–writing in pencil! As a lefty, I can’t imagine doing thing–too much smearing. I deal with misspellings etc. by scratching them out and going on, but I’m not obsessed with making things pretty at that stage. I don’t do all my drafts by hand, but sometimes I like to write short stories that way. The challenge of it makes me weigh my words more (typing is too easy).

    All the things that make you cranky made me laugh. I need most of those at some point when I’m writing but I like to get up and get them. It doesn’t make the writing go better, but helps prevent the petrified knees that come with sitting too long.

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    1. My OCD tendencies do not allow for unpretty things! Trust me when I say that I wish it would. That’s interesting that you handle short stories differently than other writing. And the term “petrified knees” make me burst out laughing! Great description! 🙂

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    1. I haven’t yet caved to the desire for a tablet. I’m sure that as I get older and my hands just won’t be able to handle the longhand, I’ll need to convert. But for now, I’ll stick with what works. 🙂

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