A Room with a View
By Betty Chen
Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth Chayne, All Rights Reserved
question of what pen to use for writing, a place to sit down and write
is a choice that only the writers themselves can make.
content with a corner of the kitchen table, while others need a whole
room to house their creativity. Still others find that their best
writing location is away from home -- a tree house, a library, or a
writer knows the pleasure of working in the "right" spot. The soft
tapping of the laptop keys, or the whispering of pen gliding over paper
as you drift off to far-off places, brings a satisfying peace, even in
the noisiest environments.
writer knows too the annoyance of having notes and important information
messed up by those inconsiderate non-writers who share their writing
space. For some writers, a missing pen can be torture.
one of those writers making do with a corner that other members of your
household may invade after (or perhaps during) your working time,
consider purchasing a file folder or large box to keep your various
papers in one place, where people can't get at them or accidentally
throw them away. Store the box/folder somewhere easy to access, but out
of reach for younger children or pets.
a writer with a writing room or study that's yours and yours alone,
you're extremely lucky, since you can do anything you like with that
space: put up pasteboards, scatter your papers across the floor, or
decorate with muse-simulating posters and paintings. If you have special
guidelines you'd like other people to follow, you can paste a list to
the door ("Don't disturb before four-thirty," "Knock before entering")
and when you're done for the day, you can close, and perhaps lock, the
door and ignore the mess.
desk or computer happens to be placed in a much accessed area, such as a
living room, it might be a good idea to buy something in the nature of a
tablecloth to throw over your work when you're not using it. This
efficiently hides all signs of clutter, and also acts as a warning to
potential snoopers: Don't touch!
tale being typed out on a computer others use frequently? If so, back
up! Having once lost an important piece to a crash, I now back up
obsessively: emailing every day's work to myself, burning finished CDs,
as well as saving them to my personal USB drive. Be prepared for
computer crashes, unless you think retyping thousands of words from
memory is fun.
work away from home, at cafes or other such places, consider getting a
briefcase, with separate compartments for your drafts and writing tools.
Carry postcards and printouts of images (photos, famous paintings, and
so forth) that inspire you.
writers have an ideal dream writing area. Some wish for a house with a
view of the sea, or overlooking a waterfall... if only they had the
money. Often, you can fulfill your dream by renting, say, a small cabin
in the woods for a couple weeks a year. Other, bigger, fantasies may
have to remain just fantasies!
dream writing location would be an apartment, somewhere on the outskirts
of a big city. I picture myself seated at a desk placed by a window. The
lamp is on, (since I prefer to write at night) and my room is dark
except for the small circle of light surrounding the desk. All is quiet,
save for the scribbling of my pencil, and the pop music I occasionally
like to play.
tell myself, that -- that is the place where I'm writing for.