IWSG- December 2018


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The optional question for December is- What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?

My writing space lives in the basement of my home. I’ve filled it with all sorts of things that inspire creativity in me. It is a comfortable place, perhaps my favorite in the entire house. IMG_2314.jpgIMG_2313.jpg

I feel lucky to have such an awesome space devoted to creative thought and action.

Clearly there are more than five objects in this space, but there are five you would always find in any personal space I’ve set aside for writing.

  1. A quality laptop- I used to write everything by hand, but my handwriting is atrocious and often when I go back to read or edit, even I can’t make out some of the words. Writing software has made everything so much easier. Editing alone is exponentially easier on a laptop vs a handwritten text.
  2.  A device for playing music- I learned years ago that I am more relaxed, better able to write when I’m listening to music. I’ve tried writing in quieter spaces and it just doesn’t work for me. In fact, I’m more distracted by a quiet room than a noisy one. In my current writing space, I listen to both vinyl LPs and compact discs. I have used digital music before, and will if I’m out at a coffee shop or library, but I’m a collector of things (books, music) and like the tangibility of objects, so my preference is for a physical copy of whatever I’m about to listen to.
  3. A mug of coffee- I don’t do this for the caffeine, but for the sensation of consuming a warm beverage. Honestly, it is among the most crucial aspects of writing for me, something to hold between my hands, something to sip at during a moment if indecision or when more thought is needed.
  4. A comfy chair- In this case, it is a mid-century modern, red leather, armless chair with a matching ottoman. Every writing space needs a place to sit and ponder before writing, during writing, or after a session is complete. It is also a good space for enjoying music or reading.
  5. A nice wide desk- I recently bought the desk in the picture after my old one decided it no longer wanted to stand. My new writing desk is huge, awesome, and has loads of space for me to pile papers (I hid them for this photo) or other objects that might be necessary. Also, it’s surprising how many coffee mugs, books, pens, etc. can pile up and clutter the area. The bigger the desk, the longer it takes for the stacks to becomes cumbersome.

    Well, that’s it for me. I’d love to hear about what I’d find in your writing space. In fact, I think I’ll go read all the IWSG blogs and find out right now.

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13 responses to “IWSG- December 2018”

  1. Ann V. Friend says :

    Great post! Blessings

  2. raimeygallant says :

    Happy IWSG day, Ryan! My workspace is pretty cramped. It’s a bedroom/office situation. I envy all that room you have! http://www.raimeygallant.com

  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    I smiled when I read your fifth object, as I was going to ask in this comment “Did you clean up your desk before this photo?” 🙂 Don’t you find it disruptive to change and turn the LPs when the music stops?

    Unlike you, I prefer quietness to write, as I’m easily distracted. That being said, these last days, when everything is working out to be able to write again, I’m desperately looking for distractions, as I face this new reality of needing and having and being able to work on my memoir again.

    The comfort of my writing space depends on the house we are staying at while pet sitting. The dogs in my room change every time as well, which is cool.

    • Ryan Carty says :

      My writing rhythms are strange. When I’m in the middle of a good flow, standing up every half hour or so keeps me going. So when the side ends, it is often a perfect time for me to move, get out of the desk chair and change the record.

  4. KatAllred says :

    I loved reading this. Now I’m thinking about what my own five things are…

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) says :

    Wow that is so clean and neat!
    I need music as well. While we’ve gotten rid of most of our records (and transferred them to mp3s) I think we have about the same number of CDs.

  6. jmh says :

    Love the new desk and the chair. Very cozy!

    I wish I could write to music. I envy people who can, but it just distracts me, even the instrumental kind.

  7. Shannon Lawrence says :

    Great chair! And what a nice, clean office. Mine is nowhere near that tidy.

  8. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor says :

    Your writing space is awesome! I don’t think I’d ever leave it except to get snacks and go to the bathroom 🙂

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