So this week, I decided to up my writing game and get organised. Let me tell you how.
When I get in from work on a night, even if writing is the last thing I actually want to do, it’s what I try to do. However in my home I have no dining table, coffee table, or any space to get my head down and write, write, write. Having my neck bent in half to type with my laptop on my knee, the TV blasting right in front of my face, trying to tempt me away from my goals.
After a couple of weeks of trying to make this work for me, and failing, I went straight onto Gumtree to see if anyone was selling a desk. What I needed the most was a space that was mine, just for writing, where I can focus and concentrate properly. A bubble.
The desk you see above this writing is the fantastic one that now resides in my living room. The chair is more comfortable than my sofa (this says more about the sofa than the chair, trust me) and it faces away from the TV and at a plain, blank wall that helps me to think deeply.
Since I’ve gotten it, I’ve felt more like a real “writer” – which is stupid, because if you consider yourself a writer, you’re a writer – and like I’ve invested something tangible, not just time, into my passion. I have a desk complete with all of notebooks, pens and a beautiful, decades old book of fables I keep visible for inspiration.
It’s even helped me feel motivated enough to get back into Blogging, which I’ve always loved and dabbled in but now is something I need to get into, to streamline my thoughts, to learn about the process of writing, and to network and hopefully get some online presence for when I have my first story finished and attempt to have it published in whatever form.
The lesson from this for you could either be, if your motivation is failing somewhat, to get a desk or a set space in your home purely for writing where you can’t be disturbed. If you already have somewhere appropriate, why not reorganise it? Change up the decorations, display inspirational quotes and photos, clean it if its needed it for a while. Pintrest is going to be your best friend for this one.
PS: The irony of this post being, of course, that my neck now hurts from twisting mid-sentence to watch this truly terribly reality show on TV right now. Do as I say, not as I do.