The Desk of a Writer

A fellow writer, Emerian Rich (who is also popular for her ‘Night’s Knights Vampire’ Podnovel), sent me a link to her post titled “The Desk of a writer,” which is basically an outline of what’s on her desk. So I decided make my own post based on this concept. So here it is:

 

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1. My document of “The Runaway Courtesan” is always opened.

2. A list of music (comprised mainly of classical and soundtrack music). I usually put on music that accords with the scene I’m working on. It helps me imagine what I’m writing better. In other words, before I write anything, I need to be able to see the story vividly in my mind, and music helps bring this about. 

3. An envelope which I found on the subway. I picked it up and began writing notes and thoughts onto it to later incorporate into my story.

4. It’s my notebook where I brainstorm in. Since I started TRC I used up two notebooks and this is my third one. Also, when I’m having a writer’s block, I tend to write out the entire chapter by hand, in the notebook. 

5. Three of my Regency era reference books. My favorite is “The Regency Companion” by Laudermilk Hamlin. I have more out on the bookshelf in my living room. But these three are the ones I use most often.

6. More scrap papers. But they’re mainly important notes of mine for TRC’s plot and character outline.

7. A pack of gum. I concentrate best while I’m chewing something.

8. Post-its of things I need to do that day. For example: “Return library book. Go to the bank. Eat lunch. Clean room.” If I don’t have my “to do” list, I get confused, and just spend the rest of my day writing.

9. USB stick. I upload my TRC documents onto this USB every so often. I don’t trust computers: they might shut down or break down anytime, so I don’t want to risk the chance of losing my writing.

10. There is no ten. But there was supposed to be a teacup there. I usually always have a cup of tea, hot water, or cold water, next to me while writing.  

How does your desk look like?

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16 responses to “The Desk of a Writer

  1. raven

    I am so jealous! Your desk is neat and put together. This actually seems like a good idea. When I figure out what’s wrong with my digital camera I might do this.

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  2. sapphire

    ooh, i love your lamp!

    how’s TRC coming along?

    i’m anticipating what happens next, since you only posted up to ch. 7 on authonomy. And I would really like to read more T_T.

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    • TRC is coming along very well!

      If only I could publish soon, then you wouldn’t have to wait too long, but I’m afraid….you’ll have to wait two years at the earliest!!!! So long, I know.

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      • sapphire

        oh noezzzz. I should probably make like 20 authonomy accounts and bookmark you and help speed things up.

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      • LOL that would be an excellent idea. But Authonomy, man, I gave up on that site. It’s so competative. The anxiety it instills in me steals away my concentration when I write. So it’s no good for my system.

        Hmm. Sapphire. I don’t remember this name from anywhere. Do you have a blog or something?

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  3. Well, right now a desk is something I seem to be lacking in… (There’s no room for one in my room at home. I have too many books.) But when I get back up to school in September and have a desk again, I’ll be able to take a picture. Mostly it will just be cluttered, with pictures and post-it notes, multiple piles of books (hooray history and literature classes), with one square clear for my laptop.

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    • No desk at home? Where do you write then? Sometimes my desk is too messy to write on so I go out to the living room..and mess the dinning table up… I hope you’ll take a picture of your desk at school. After reading all your blog posts, I’m curious to know how your writing desk looks….!!

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      • I commandeered a TV tray from downstairs for my computer to sit on, and then I set it in front of my bed. I sit on the portion of my bed that isn’t taken over by notes, medieval history texts, or pillows.

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      • Wow. What an ideal way to write! You sound like one of those crazy writers who end up writing masterpieces!

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  4. wow. i’m impressed at how CLEAN your desk is!
    my desk has NO space…
    i usually sprawl EVERYTHING on my desk, floor, and chairs when i start writing essays…. my friend calls me a “scholar” when i’m in this mode. haha.

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    • I cleaned up my desk a bit before taking this pic. Usually I have a mountain of tissues, candy wrappers, and a stack of cereal bowls, dinner bowls, lunch bowls, and a line of cups, on my desk. I bring the dining table to my desk, haha.

      I would have thought your desk would be super clean!!!!

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  5. wow. your desk is so cool. that’s all =D

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  6. no. i think ever since i was in high school, i have never had a clean work station when i’m at work. it’s only clean when i’m about to start and when i am done. oi.

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