For years, I was unable, and for whatever reason, to wrap my mind around the idea of writing on a desktop computer or a laptop computer. As a student in middle and high school, I prepared and submitted hand-written essays. In college, I wrote in long-hand form on a legal notepad the entire text of whatever it was that I was writing, and then typed the document using a manual typewriter. Yes; I actually owned a manual typewriter, throughout high school and college. And for several years thereafter. In fact, I did not own a personal computer until 1994, when I enrolled in a full-time Master of Education program. And the only function that little guy was able to perform was word processing. Nevertheless, I used it for about six years, it served its purpose well, and never presented me technical issues.
Fast-forward to the present time, 21st century: I am now a fully initiated laptop user. Having owned desktop computers for about ten years, it wasn’t until I was hired by my current school in 2005 that I was issued a workplace laptop computer. And it’s been love ever since.
So…where do I write? Although my laptop affords me the flexibility to write virtually anywhere, I prefer the serenity of home. Depending on whether I am at the family compound, or in my own apartment, determines the actual physical space. When I am at the former, I write on the burgundy chaise lounge in the living room, or, on the black leather sofa in the basement family room. When I am at the latter, however, I like to prop myself up in bed, or, kneel on the edge of the bed, as I am doing as I write this blog post. Don’t ask me why, but, when I was I in college, I became accustomed to this particular configuration for writing. For whatever reason, it has not yet failed me as a comfortable and favored position for writing. In fact, I even prefer kneeling on the side of the bed to lying on the bed itself.
I don’t typically listen to music, or watch television, while I write. On the other hand, I do like to listen to Internet radio broadcasts via YouTube. And, I typically have several browser windows open: one for YouTube, one for Twitter, and one for email.
The time of day when I write varies. Right now, for example, I am writing at 7:33pm, EST. I rarely write in the early morning, which is when I actually prefer to write. But, I had to decide between writing at 5 am, or, doing my treadmill workout at 5 am. I decided that the treadmill workout at 5 am would have a greater impact on the quality of my physical, mental and emotional well-being. Besides, once I arrive home from school, which on most days os 5pm, I am in no condition to even contemplate a workout, even an abbreviated one. So, I often end up writing between 8 and 10 pm. More often than not, it is closer to 10 pm. Which is late, but, I also find it is a good time for reflection, and, I am able to compose something within a fairly short period of time.
Are you a writer? What is your space for writing?
And, before I forget, I invite all of my readers to help me with a task by doing the following: What would you like me to write about in the future? Please send me a message on my “Contact” page, and suggest a topic for a future blog post. That’s it! I thank you for considering, and for your assistance.