Imagine my surprise when the next day I received a call informing me I had won a desk chair. I couldn’t have been more delighted because the one I’ve been using was showing its age. This one is a beauty. It has arms that go up and down or can be detached. There are large rollers and a stout back. There are controls that allow me to sit up straight or rock back and forth. There are controls that allow me to adjust the height. It was delivered to my house by a polite, friendly man, who casually asked, “Will you be able to find some use for this?”
‘Oh yes,” I said, thinking how writers use work space. Some keep neat desks, with all their thoughts locked in their minds which they transfer directly into their computers. I, on the other hand, have stacks and stacks of papers, clippings, and letters on both sides of my computer, and papers, rough drafts, and manuscripts in boxes on either side of the desk. There is barely room for the task chair in between. Behind me are shelves of books stacked and shoved into place without discernable order. My writing space will never be featured in a magazine devoted to interior design, but I’m okay with it.
As a youngster, and even today, I find myself wandering through store aisles where writing products are displayed. I look and admire notebooks, pencils, pads, pens, envelopes, index cards, filing cabinets, desks, chairs, etc. At one time I considered typewriters. Now I think about computers and printers. It’s a wonderful world!
So now with my new chair, there’s no excuse for delay. I’m comfortable. As an idea for a writing project takes form, my fingers begin to find their way across the keyboard. But no matter how grand a writer’s space may be, there is one other necessary thing a writer must have—thinking time. I’ve talked with my writer friends. Some get up early to write. Others write late at night. Few that I know spend their entire working day at their desks. Most have to make a living doing something other than writing.
It’s hard to think when the World Series in going full force in the next room or when Payton Manning are Andrew Luck are executing their football plays. After all, writers have to be tuned to the events of the day. I now will adjust my fine, new chair, swivel around, and watch the ending of the World Series.