The ideal position for writing depends entirely on the writer. Comfort for one is agony to another. I may prefer a leather executive chair while you want to recline on your sofa. But you need to find what is necessary to be comfortable. Otherwise how can you expect to ever challenge J.K. Rowling or Stephen King?
The home works for many. But it is a living hell for others. Do you need to get away somewhere?
You may prefer to venture out into the public arena in search of a comfortable writing place. Maybe it will give you a fresh perspective on the world as well as your manuscript. A cafe like Starbucks or Panera. But you may prefer to be waited on at your table. In that case, something like Olive Garden or Longhorn Steakhouse. The idea of typing on your laptop next to a plate crowded with a sirloin steak and a foil-wrapped baked potato topped with a gob of butter suddenly appeals to you. Who couldn't write something good in that setting?
Or you may prefer toting your iPad to the local dance club at midnight and write your next chapter while everyone around you is tripping to the loud pulsating beats. Can you type and dance at the same time? Is that what it would take to unleash something on the world never written before?
Have you been selected for an Amtrak writer's residency? Good for you. Writing on a train, bus, cruise ship, subway, or airplane may be just what you need to elevate your manuscript to Big 5 publishing house quality.
In a public place, you lose control of your local environment. Is it worth it? For some, yes. Anyone can walk in the door and start talking loudly next to you. Or maybe the lighting isn't right. Or the chairs don't work well with your anatomy. On the other hand, you may be one of those who require a public setting to compose your best prose. You draw inspiration from not knowing who or what will confront you when you step out your front door and into a restaurant, dance club, or library. The danger ignites your literary fire.
For most people, we can list standard apparatus needed for comfy composing:
- A nice chair or sofa.
- Something to drink.
- Something to snack on.
- Music or background white noise, such as that provided by a TV.
- A pleasant scene outside the window.
- Your favorite writing attire (you do have favorite writing clothes?).
- Your favorite laptop or mobile device.
- The heat/ac of your room properly adjusted.
- The absence of annoying things or people.
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