Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Workspace Wednesday - The Whiteboard

Since Wednesdays are always kind of a low content day for me, I decided that for the next few weeks I would give you all a little peek at my writing area. I’ve been slowly improving it, and turning it into a proper office, and I have to say, the results have been immediate. I suppose that’s what happens when you aren’t staring down a concrete wall under fluorescent lighting.  Without further delay, I give you Workspace Wednesday #1

Stifled creativity got you down? Is that little notepad on your desk not enough to keep you motivated? Try this: add a giant motherfuckin whiteboard to the room. I suppose a chalkboard would work, plus you could be like a steampunk genius, dusting the chalk off of your ugly brown suit.

The whiteboard is a chaotic organizer. On the one side, I have all of my information about goals and the like, while the other is completely open to whatever might strike me in the moment. Sure, a notebook is more portable, but sometimes that inspiration deserves size 320 comic sans font. Or chicken scratch dependent on your personal proficiencies. In recent weeks, I’ve been using it for brainstorm sessions, most of which I take a picture, and then load into One Note for posterity. The system works exceedingly well.

Another unexpected benefit I have found is the mobility. A white board gets you up and moving. It isn’t exactly exercise, but when you have been crouching over a desk all day, it certainly is an improvement.

The allure of a blank canvas is often too much for my friends. They know not to mess with my notes, but sometimes, you come home to find mini masterpieces like the above picture. Also, 4:20 today. Take from that what you will.

One last bit of advice: don’t buy a brand new board if you don’t have to. Surplus dealers, like the ones found at colleges and in most cities, get them in periodically. School districts might have some in their surplus warehouse if you are willing to make a few phone calls. I also had some luck on Craigslist, but they wanted more than I was willing to pay. I picked up that bad boy for ten bucks.

Also, a few links for you writerly types:

Austin Wulf breaks down how to make writing work with your schedule.

Albert Berg doles out knowledge about hard work and luck.

Emmy nominated sage, guru, and ultimate penmonkey, Chuck Wendig, tells you how not to bug the fuck out when writing your novel.

The good folks at Lifehacker explain why having a little uncertainty in your planned work can be a good thing.

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