How many writing desks do you have? What do you think of Daniel’s approach?
It would appear I’ve been doing this for years. The kitchen table is where I “draw” my stories; on butcher’s paper with a strong black marker. In my den, I type and write in the deadened gloom of early morning. By the TV, I answer the odd email, or toss a question into the ether. When the weather sees fit, I am allowed to scribe a few traces on the back patio.
I have two separate creative areas–not really “desks” per se, but I suppose you could call them that.
The couch or kitchen table is where I write my outlines (longhand) with college ruled notebook paper (folded in half from top to bottom), a clipboard, and a pen. I’ve been doing this for years and really love it. Sometimes I end up using my outline, and sometimes I start writing, hit a plot point that doesn’t end up making sense and running in a different direction, but the time I’ve spent with the characters and story always proves valuable.
My office/library is where I type up my work. The outline clipboard gets propped up to one side so I can see it, and from there, I never know what’ll happen.
I think the four desk approach has merit as it separates creative functions/frames of mind. Sometimes that isn’t what you want or need, but sometimes it is, and knowing when you need that specific focus is something I think we can all work on.
I really like the “Four Desk Approach.” I was having trouble focusing on my writing but when Daniel shared the idea, I took his advice. I made a special area (It’s not really a desk.) to do just writing and it has helped tremendously. I feel like when I sit there, I am more disciplined and think about writing whereas my more general work area is a place that I can do crafts, pay bills etc.
Outlines are like divvying and dividing up your Legos. Perhaps we go for orderly Realism, or we’re just Cubist straight down the line.
I recognize that second desk as my own.