10 Things on My Desk That Help My Writing
Whether you choose to write in bed or out on the beach, you can tweak your output by surrounding yourself with sights and sounds that assist and inspire. Today, I thought I'd give you a glimpse at some of the elements of my workspace that help me forge worlds and breath life onto the empty page.
- It's tough to make out in this picture, but taped above my monitor is this image, which reminds me that there's no time like the present to put hammer to steel.
- My army of external hard drives. As you might have guessed, I'm a bit of a data hoarder. This works out well for my writing though, which is backed up twice locally and twice on the cloud.
- This one's hard to make out as well, but that's a pink post-it note that says, "Fix it in revision!!" I have a tendency to over-edit while I write, so this reminds me to cool it down until I get at least a few words on the page.
- Oh, come on. You know what this is . . . sweet, sweet coffee. Rocket fuel for writers.
- Music is a big component of writing for me (in fact, it will likely be the subject of a future entry). Since I do all of my writing late at night, the headphones stay close at hand.
- When you get in the zone and lose yourself in the universe at your fingertips, sometimes it's easy to forget basic needs. It's always a good idea to keep plenty of water within arm's reach.
- This is my printer, though I like to call it the Mangler. Not only because it seems to have a mind of its own, but something about it just feels inherently evil. Maybe because I use it to print all of my rejections (filed into the folder that rests atop it like a wicked crown).
- I know what you're thinking. How on earth is a video game controller helpful to writing? Think of it as the carrot dangling before the mule. It serves as a reminder that a reward is in store if I meet my nightly goals.
- The iPad becomes my auxiliary screen when Word (or lately Scrivener) is open. I don't allow myself to hit the minimize button once the writing begins, so if I need the internet for impromptu research, I use this. My work stays on the large screen that dominates my field of view.
- An ergonomic keyboard and mouse keep my wrists and fingers in action without cramping up. Pay no attention to the second mouse up top--that one's for shooting zombies.
So there you have it. That's my workbench. What about yours? What are some of the things you surround yourself with when it's time to put pen to paper? I'd love to hear about it (or see it; pictures welcome).
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a carrot to eat.