Monday, June 11, 2012
What's in Your Workspace?
Crystal Laine Miller's post over at Hoosier Ink, inspired me to write about my workspace. While I like organization in theory, I'm more on the lines of organized chaos.
My workspace is a full office, complete with a large L-shaped desk, another desk with bookshelves towering above it, desk chairs, a credenza, filing cabinets, and bookcases. I not only write here, but also manage my small business and my life.
The long and the short of it: My office is my purse exploded.
What are my requirements for successful writing:
1) Quiet. With the fire alarm horn across the street and heavy traffic, silence is more of a wish than a reality.
2) A snack and something to drink. For some unknown reason, these two items keep me tethered to my desk and reduce my tendency to wander around the house.
3) Lots and lots of paper and pens. My computer functions well for my WIP and the Internet, but I need paper and pens to capture those elusive bits of inspiration. I'm also a compulsive list maker. It's the only thing that preserves my sanity.
4) Books. I love being surrounded by books. I can't get enough of them. While my new Kindle is convenient, it doesn't provide the same ambiance as a bookcase filled with my favorite fiction and non-fiction tomes.
5) Prayer/My Bible. Everything flows from my relationship with the Lord. Without His inspiration, writing may happen, but it lacks the power to change lives. I've said this before, but it bears repeating: I want my words to be containers of life.
Writers: What kind of atmosphere is essential for your writing?
Readers: Please describe your absolute favorite place to read and tell us why.