Writing Tips by Gary Speer

Tips for writers, musing about writing and life

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Are you a writer fortunate enough to have your own office space? Whether you call it an “office” or a “study” or whatever, it’s extremely useful to have a “lair” you can call your own and set up the way you want to enhance your writing life. Such a space of your own allows you to have a desk, special chair, classic or modern furniture, and exactly the decor you prefer to help you accomplish your writing goals.

On the other hand, you may be a person who prefers portability and flexibility in your writing environment. There’s something to be said for setting up your workspace in a favorite cafe or coffee shop, or even your local library. Even if your writing is done mostly online (like mine), there are abundant WiFi facilities in most communities which allow you to settle down and go online with a laptop or netbook.

Personally, I enjoy both a special office space I can call my own and the chance to get portable and work at local coffee shops, bookstores, and libraries. I find the solitude I need to focus on my work in my home office (old-fashioned me, I call it my study rather than office) — and I also like getting out among people a couple of days each week with my trusty laptop and/or new netbook in hand.

Where do you write normally? Does it work well for you or would you prefer a different setup? Leave a comment and let us know.

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