Every now and then I’ll read one of those lists of crazy celebrity demands. You know the stuff I’m talking about – the model who requires an assistant to pre-chew her bubble gum or the rock star who insists everything in his dressing room be orange.
We snicker at those lists because they’re absurd, but I confess – I have a few requirements for my writing space. While I won't hurl myself on the floor and scream until my demands are met, here are the things I find it hard to work without when I'm writing.
- Water. Not just water, but ice water. I probably drink gallons of it every day, and I get twitchy if I don’t have a full glass within reach.
- A keyboard and mouse. Though my main computer is a laptop, I keep a wireless mouse and full-sized keyboard hooked to it. I can deal with the regular laptop keyboard and trackpad if I’m traveling, but I don’t like writing that way for any extended period.
- Music. Blame it on tinnitus (a constant ringing in my ears that will drive me bat-sh*t crazy if I’m forced to sit in a silent room) but I absolutely must have music at all times. Pandora internet radio is my favorite, but I’ll sit here humming show tunes if it’s the only way to avoid silence.
- Warmth. I get cold easily, and there are few things I hate more than having to sit on my hands every 20 seconds to keep my fingers from freezing. I have a small space-heater under my desk and I’ve been known to crank it even in summertime.
- Pets. While it’s not an absolute requirement, there’s something I love about having a living, breathing, panting, purring creature near me while I write. The dog’s bed is right under my desk, though it’s most often occupied by Blue Cat. There’s also a cat tree in on one corner, though Matt the Cat prefers my lap.
So those are my five diva demands for my writing workspace. What are yours?