Monday, January 17, 2011

Writing Spaces

My office could use a little light. It currently resides in a concrete basement about two rolls away from my bed. Before some smart ass comments, no, it isn't my parents basement. I just appreciate the cold and happen to like paying less rent. Jerks. I watch enough movies on my computer to justify this set up, but it really isn't an atmosphere that helps me get-shit-done.

I'd be willing to wager that this is, at least in part, due to two twenty inch monitors. When you are staring at more than 300 square inches of screen real estate, it is far too easy to find shiny things. Twitter posts just meander accross the screen next to your word document, promising a much needed break. That break turns into an evening, and before too long, it's time to get to sleep.

Yet when I am in an office setting, focusing on one screen is simple. Notes and outlines pile up seemingly on their own, and my words per minute actually jumps into a serviceable range. In order to maintain efficiency and word count, I have come to the conclusion that I need a neat and serviceable office, somewhere other than my bedroom. I know most writers / self employed / practical people have already figured this out, so I feel a bit late to the party. Has anyone else experienced this? What are your battle stations like?

2 comments:

  1. My office is a desk in the living room--my bedroom probably 20 feet away. There are all kinds of distractions in here, from TV to guitars. But I do all my work from right here in the chair and I guess I'm productive enough to call it a workspace.

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  2. Sounds like a decent setup. I read lifehacker, and every few days I see a new featured office. I envy the writers and business people who can afford to set up a truly unique office. It suppose it gives me a pretty clear goal to aim for.

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