Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Office Excuses

Office Excuses
By Lea Schizas

Can a writer use any part of the house to write? To use as their office? Let’s see:

Living Room:

You set up your desk in the corner. Nice and quiet because no one is allowed to enter the living room unless you have guests. At that point, the husband and the children get to see and remember what the sofa looks like. But that won’t work out for you because you don’t like paper work mixed with oil paintings, doilies, and lace curtains. The room looks cluttered with the desk, books, pens, printer, and all that paperwork. This isn’t going to work out.


You decided to buy a laptop and forego the computer package. Great. You settle on one corner of the kitchen table, leaving ample space for your son and husband to sit down and eat. However, your husband wants to read his newspaper and pushes his bowl close to your computer. Your son brings his books to the table to help him with his homework. Your laptop is suddenly located on the counter and you’re afraid someone is going to spill coffee on it – only one who drinks coffee is your husband. This isn’t working out.


You have lots of space and more than enough room for the two cars, boxes of stuff you have no idea what’s in them because you packed them about five years ago and now too scared to open them up in case something with four legs will jump at you. There’s a corner that will fit your computer desk just right. As you’re heading back inside the house a chill nibbles your nape. You check the thermostat and realize – big heavy sigh – there’s no heat in the garage. This isn’t going to work out.


Looking around the house your other options are:

The bedroom – husband snores, watches T.V., likes to go to bed early

The bathroom – considering it because it has a lock and no one will enter. Then again, you think how low you’ve stooped.

Don’t fret. In all honesty, if you are seriously one of those writers who have come up with all of the excuses above then the writing passion, determination, and perseverance has not hit you yet.

Moral: Real writers find the time and place to write and don’t mind to litter their homes with tons of notebooks and pens in every single room.


Roseanne Dowell said...

You're absolutely right, Lea. I even write while riding in a car. I've been known to write on a napkin while having dinner in a restaurant. When the muse hits, you write whenever and wherever you are. It's hard restraining myself in church, but that is the one place I refuse to take notes.

Anonymous said...

Great blog and so true. I even wrote using my laptop on the floor of my father-in-law's hospital room. You can always find someplace to write the important thing is to just do it!