A few years ago I read an interesting post at the blog published by the folks at Contented.com. In that post, Rachel McAlpine talks about her setup for writing at the time. Her optimal writing area may surprise you: a shelf in a storeroom, with her laptop resting on a large book.
In that post, McAlpine made a very good point:
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you find you can’t get cracking on a writing project. There are genuine barriers, and one of them is finding the right setup.
Over the years, my own optimal writing area changed often. So often, it was fluid.
When I lived in Canada, I write at both a desk in the basement of my house and at a table in my dining room. Both of surfaces were spartan, and both are home to laptop computer. On warmer days, I’d write on my enclosed porch.
But as I’m known for being able to sleep anywhere, I can also write just about anywhere. Sitting on a sofa, in a coffee shop, or at the library. Nowadays, I find myself writing either at the small dining room table or on the sofa in the apartment I’m currently renting in Auckland.
I find that all I need to write is a laptop, a Chromebook, or a tablet. Barring that, I use a dead-trees notebook. The only problem I run into now is noise from the (busy) street I live just off. I can get around that with an inexpensive pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
Some people have told me that set up sounds uncomfortable. It isn’t. In fact, I’m more relaxed that I would be at a traditional desk with an office chair. It works for me, and I get a lot of writing done.
Where do you write? And where are you most comfortable and productive? Feel free to leave a comment.