Writer’s Desk

There is no such thing as home-field advantage for a writer. A writer should be able to write from anywhere: from the bed, on the road, in their head.

All the writer needs is a blank canvass, an idea or prompt, and a writing tool to get started, whether that be in the form of a keyboard, pen, or aerosol spray can.

The notion that every writer needs a desk is bunk. J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in the coffee shop. Ambient noise aids creativity. Winston Churchill wrote from the bed. I enjoy writing on the train. A moving place is a moving mind.

Writing never stops because thinking never stops. In fact, some of the best ideas emerge when writers retreat from their work.

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only difference is that writers keep taking notes. They chronicle everyday moments. Everything they see, hear, touch, and smell seems to be writing prompt.

“I’m not writing it down to remember it later. I’m writing it down to remember it now. ” – Field Notes

It doesn’t matter where or when writers do the work, just that they do it often, even when they’re not feeling inspired. The more writers write, the more they have to play with.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.