This week, however, I would like to talk to you about desks, since that's a word you've been seeing a lot...
"(Desks) look nice and official on the outside, but it’s when you open them up and look inside that they really get interesting. And they’re capable of holding ridiculous amounts of stuff.”
“Yes, but what sort of stuff?”
“That’s the beauty of a desk,” Cam said. “Whatever you put in it is automatically part of it ."
- From the Desk of Buster Heywood
When I first began writing this novel, I did it mostly on my laptop, at a rolling desk that I could use from the comfort of my favorite armchair. Then I moved into a tiny, glorified studio apartment that was more like a shoebox, and my writing space was very limited. The rolling desk was no longer an option with my armchair, and I had to resort to using the kitchen table, which was cramped and not very comfortable. I found myself missing my old desk, which had been used only for paperwork and Official Adult Life Business. I made the kitchen table work, of course, and switched to hand-writing
As far as what's in my desk, per Cameron's theory? Inside its drawers, you'll find a copious amount of office supplies and organizing doodads ... because Staples and I have a very co-dependent relationship. My fiancee may stage an intervention if it gets any worse. There are also scrapbooking supplies, a few photo albums, sketchbooks both full and blank, and of course, a few small items that are too precious to keep anywhere else. My desk holds one, long love letter to creativity, with just enough organization and discipline to keep it all from exploding into chaos. If you ask me, that sounds just about right for a writer.
What's your creative space like? Or, if you can't have one right now, what would the perfect one be?