Last week we shared some awe-inspiring photographs and ideas behind the writing spaces of our tribe of bloggers. These creative spaces are where they do their best writing. It is where they are inspired, motivated and focused on creating something extraordinary. While some like to write in their bedroom with a lap desk to hold their laptop, others prefer to have a table of their own with scraps of paper on their wall with motivational quotes and favorite poems. Well, here are a few more to inspire you to create one of your own.
Dr. Amrita Misra says :
I wrote on my phone for two years.I have written on my Samsung tablet before my daughter claimed it as her own. It’s only for last 8 months I have consistently written on my laptop. I have written standing in the overcrowded Sealdah station waiting hall. I have written while traveling by train plane or car I have also written while waiting for a dentist appointment. All this made me realize that like reading I could actually write anywhere. If I couldn’t It would be tough. My favorite place to write would be while swimming. But that’s not possible at least with current technology.Next, the best place is sitting in my balcony garden.That’s actually very doable. In winters I sit with my phone and tap away.But in summers which is what Malda and Kolkata have, mostly I am stuck indoors. As a doctor, I have to sit long hours in the outpatient department while seeing patients. Writing sitting down is bad for health.Constant sitting makes your back and leg muscles weak.Just standing at a standing desk is okay too.It’s better than sitting and can actually help you burn more calories.But it can also cause varicosity and fatigue easily.Enter my trusty treadmill. I like what it does for me.But I hated doing it.I am so bored tread-milling(not sure that’s a real word), I used to listen to audio books or try to read while walking at a comfortable pace, while breaking it up with few minutes of sprints in between.You cannot jog or run while reading or writing.I would probably stop doing the treadmill if I was bored.
Multi-tasking is frowned upon. But what if it’s for a good cause? What if it prevents sedentary lifestyle? Makes me get moving more and sitting less? Helps me stick to walking every day? I clubbed something I resist doing(walking on Treadmill), laptop .with something I love doing(writing ).The result, I walk as much as I write, whenever I write.That’s one big reason my hubby doesn’t complain when I am writing since I am also exercising.Even if I am walking at 2.1 Km per hour I am walking 2. Km in one hour and writing too.That’s very exciting.My ability to use both, my hands and my feet at the same time, assistants to do different things constantly, comes with my training as an ENT surgeon.When I am operating on a patient’s ears we see through the microscope, use both our hands and press the diathermy or the drill with either foot.If we have an elderly suction machine, a third foot is needed too.The assistant’s foot will have to be used!
See why it’s not a challenge for me But I promise if you start slow at 0.8 Km per hour you can manage to get started.Get a sturdy plank to go over your treadmills arms and tie them down using plastic ropes heavy duty kind.You will need to remove the plank when you run. You can rest a small laptop table over the plank.Put your laptop on this and start tapping away.Using the laptop table on top of the plank prevents straining arms and shoulders.It also, helps you keep the laptop stable.I do both with and without the table, depending on the duration I plan to use it. This particular post is written walking on my treadmill. With my schedule, going to the gym will happen 10 years later. This is the best way I can stay healthy and do what I love at the same time.
Sunita Rajwade says:
Some people have writing spaces, some people have writing nooks. I have the writing tools – lots of them fountain pens, ball pens, roller ball pens and notepaper. Hand made paper journals bound with ethnic printed fabric, or leather bound folders with stacks of notepaper waiting to be written all. Yes, indeed, all these tools are just waiting for me to use them in an unhurried, relaxed manner. Writing which was once a pleasure has now become a secret vice : words which I have to type in stealth, while waiting at the Bank or sitting in the traffic. Sometimes I write in the dead of night, in the sanctuary of my little bathroom, tapping out words on my little iPhone, squinting in the dim light as I pour out my thoughts. But writing is a must for it is a voice that is always heard. A voice that cannot be silenced by a lifted eye brow or a shush to keep the quiet. A voice that will be heard even if it doesn’t want to be heard. And so I write in furtive pleasure watching words spill out.
Kala Ravi says:
Writing is something that I consider liberating. I like my writing space clean and clutter free – nothing comes between the thoughts and keyboard! I have this little writing nook with a wall table and some top lighting where I’m found most of the time. This is a cozy little corner with minimal things around.
But there are times when I want to gaze outside, feel the nature while writing. That’s the time when I shift to the end of sofa. It’s a little weird how I keep the laptop on the handle but I like this space too – I can see my little terrace garden and do some cloud watching while seeking inspiration for the post. Most of the short fictions are written here. I trust nothing more than my HP notebook for my writing. It’s actually sad that we hardly write on a paper these days. I find writing a post or blogging from the phone or tablet time consuming and slow – the apps aren’t quite optimized. So unless I don’t have access to the laptop I write from my iPhone 5s – but that’s rare, very rare like how I’m writing this piece on my iPhone!
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