The Writing Life- The useful desk

As I write this, I am sitting in my armchair,  with my tablet on a lap desk.  I am the poster child for not sitting at a desk when I write.  Really, I sit at a desk all day at my dayjob, and the desk I have at home is not a great one.

Which is why I am in the process of making plans to build a new one.  Because I need a desk.  Every writer needs a desk.  But it needs to be one designed for your use.  Specifically,  your writing use.

While you might not need to write your rough draft at a desk (I don’t,) you will want to do any other work there.  Here are some things go you want to keep in mind while setting up your writing desk.

1. It doesn’t need to be huge, but it does need to be big enough for the things you need to do.  Which means you need some elbow room.  Personally,  I need room for the lap top, my tablet, and an open composition notebook.   Also my coffee cup and elbows.  This is one of the things keeping me from using my desk right now.  It is just too small.

2. Drawers, there should be a lot of them.  Because you need the room.  Paper, pens, notebooks, post its, staplers, stencils, chocolate stashes.  One thing I am doing on my new desk is putting in shelves, not drawers.  That way I can find and access all of my tools when I need them.  Also, if I need to ask one of my kids to get something,  they can’t sneak and get some thing else, like my chocolate stash.

3. The chair should be comfortable enough to spend hours in, but not so comfortable that you fall asleep.

Finally, if you can avoid it at all, don’t share your desk at all.  Your space is your space, and you need things to be as you left them the last time.  Besides, there is a good chance that you share every other room in your house, you don’t share your desk.

Personally,  I also don’t use my desk for anything else.  I don’t play games, color, write bills, or anything else.  It is my writing space only.

Take some time this week to set up your writing desk.  Then sit yourself down, and start getting some work done.

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