Saturday, February 04, 2017

Room to Write

Newstatesman

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

— Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

While not a woman, once I had no money but a room to write. Now I have money—or my wife does, but California is a community property state—but no longer a room. Since I began my office reorganization, output on my latest book has fallen sharply. I never needed much of an excuse to procrastinate, but this has gotten silly. Last month, in order to compel me to complete the reorganization, I threw out my old desk first. Such a deed rendered me a prose orphan, with no comfortable spot to type.

I am a creature of place. Where I write is important. I'm not a coffee shop author, or one of the muttering territorial playwrights at the public library. I live somewhere. In that place is a space where I wrote two books, countless short stories, animation series pitches, TV animation scripts, acres of marketing copy, jokes for a stand-up comic, essays, and over a thousand blog posts. Since my self-imposed disruption, I'm not writing as much. I'm not happy at day's end for overcoming inertia and cranking out some pages. I can't find a stinking place where I'm comfortable sitting for hours on end and writing.

Yes, the answer screams out: buy your damned desk and be silent!

But a part of me really enjoys cursing the darkness as opposed to lighting a candle which is a fire hazard with all these papers lying about.

2 comments:

Fuzzy Bunny Slippers said...

Not sure if this will work, but when it comes to inspiring yourself to get back to work, sometimes you have to create another project to unclog your mental/creative gridlock. Maybe you should invest time in looking for a new desk. That project will HOPEFULLY inspire you. You can search around office shops and even antique or second hand stores. They (second hand stores) have the best deals and styles. When you see a desk you can SEE yourself tapping away at, for hours at a time, THAT is the desk to get!

Hope that helps.

JP Mac said...

As you said, the second hand store had the best deal.

(Neat chairs, too.)