A fellow writer, Emerian Rich (who is also popular for her ‘Night’s Knights Vampire’ Podnovel), sent me a link to her post titled “The Desk of a writer,” which is basically an outline of what’s on her desk. So I decided make my own post based on this concept. So here it is:
1. My document of “The Runaway Courtesan” is always opened.
2. A list of music (comprised mainly of classical and soundtrack music). I usually put on music that accords with the scene I’m working on. It helps me imagine what I’m writing better. In other words, before I write anything, I need to be able to see the story vividly in my mind, and music helps bring this about.
3. An envelope which I found on the subway. I picked it up and began writing notes and thoughts onto it to later incorporate into my story.
4. It’s my notebook where I brainstorm in. Since I started TRC I used up two notebooks and this is my third one. Also, when I’m having a writer’s block, I tend to write out the entire chapter by hand, in the notebook.
5. Three of my Regency era reference books. My favorite is “The Regency Companion” by Laudermilk Hamlin. I have more out on the bookshelf in my living room. But these three are the ones I use most often.
6. More scrap papers. But they’re mainly important notes of mine for TRC’s plot and character outline.
7. A pack of gum. I concentrate best while I’m chewing something.
8. Post-its of things I need to do that day. For example: “Return library book. Go to the bank. Eat lunch. Clean room.” If I don’t have my “to do” list, I get confused, and just spend the rest of my day writing.
9. USB stick. I upload my TRC documents onto this USB every so often. I don’t trust computers: they might shut down or break down anytime, so I don’t want to risk the chance of losing my writing.
10. There is no ten. But there was supposed to be a teacup there. I usually always have a cup of tea, hot water, or cold water, next to me while writing.
How does your desk look like?