April 18, 2023

O - To Be a Writer, You Don't Need...an Office or a Desk + BONUS


Sure, having an office and/or desk can make you feel like a writer, but you don’t need one to be a writer or to write. In my old apartment, my desk, which I bought for a few bucks at a garage sale, sat wedged in a corner of my living room beside my couch. I used that desk for a long time. Although it’s not my current desk, I still have it. Sort of. I gave it to my mom to use for her desk. The desk I have now I bought from a thrift store. It’s glass and metal with three tiers off to the side where I can set books, notebooks, and decorations. This desk occupied my bedroom for a couple of years in a section I playfully considered “my office.”

I envy those writers who have an entire room they can transform into an office or those who rent an office space, but I can’t do that. Not all of us can.

Embracing the space we have is important. We can write anywhere—on the couch, in bed, at the kitchen table/counter, in the bathtub, in the car. We can even go out to write (library, bookstore, the beach, the park). My mom would write on the bus during her commute to and from work. She still says that period was her most productive writing time since she didn’t have anything better to do on the bus.

We can make a space for ourselves even when there is no space. We can use a TV tray or a coffee table while we write on the couch. A serving tray can be used for limited table/counter space to store our writerly tools (like pens, flash drives, decorations, etc.), and they can be set aside easily, too.

Half the time, I am using my laptop and working from my couch or my kitchen table. Once, I set up my mom’s small, antique vanity behind the couch in my living room as an extra writing space, where I could be in the middle of the house, working, and not feel as though I was being lazy, as I do when I sit on the couch with a pillow on my lap to prop up my laptop.

Get creative with what you have.

The world is your office.

The world is your desk.




O - Operation Ticking

This will be a short one. What is Operation Ticking? The first title I had for Book One of my "Secret Book Baby Series," after I rewrote it. Operation Ticking was the name of Avrianna's mission at the end of the story.

The title of Book One is different now, and still a secret for the time being.

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  1. I often write in different places. Another plus is writing without access to the internet to keep me from getting sucked into the void