In On Writing, Stephen King talks about making the leap to being a professional author by buying himself a big 'ol honking desk, "the sort of massive oak slab that would dominate a room ... a T. Rex desk."
Problem was, putting that much emphasis on his writing upset the balance of his life (at the time King was in the midst of a six-year bender, so he wasn't able to appreciate the desk, or much else). Once he cleaned up, King swapped the T. Rex desk for something smaller that he put in the corner of the room.
|I imagine it looked something like this.|
Put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around.Not many writers can afford to go the T. Rex desk route, or claim much dedicated work space in their homes at all. But here are a few ideas for non-traditional desks that don't take up a lot of room, and will keep your inspiration going along with (not in spite of) your busy life.
Stephen King, On Writing (p.94)
The Offi Mag Table doesn't take up much room, and when flipped on its side it creates a great functional surface for a laptop or pen and paper right in front of the couch. Or use it with...
A professional massage chair might help those of us whose typing posture resembles the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Fewer back-aches mean more marathon writing sessions---and if you live with a family of Samaritans, they might take the bait and give you a massage while you're at it!
A portable kitchen island (like this IKEA version) gives you room for writing accessories on top, and research materials or your to-be-read list to be stored beneath. It's a mini-desk with storage options that you can wheel into a corner when writing time is over!
We've blogged before about the dangers of sitting down for long periods of time, and one awesome way to solve that problem (and get a truly multi-purpose work area) is to set up a treadmill desk. Lots of YA authors (including Courtney Summers and Jessica Spotswood) have changed their work space to be more active. And there are great tutorials online about how to construct a pretty cheap desktop onto your treadmill.
I don't think King was alone in dreaming of a dedicated room where writing would get the space it deserves. But it might not be the best idea to seclude yourself away from friends, family, the outdoors---all the things that inspire.
Got any other unique ideas for work space? Where do you write when you're at home?