My Writing Cockpit

Hello! Thank you for clicking on a link which took you to this blog. This is a post about my writing cockpit. I named it that because I am the pilot–and master commander–when it comes to my writing. My story is the very delicate and intricate machine that I captain. Also, because it is a weird word.

The idea of this post is to show you how I make myself most comfortable when I’m writing. Maybe you’ll get some useful tips that you can apply to your own ships or airplanes or underwater submarines that are your stories.

The Essentials

The first thing that I need for my writing set up is the set up. Below is mine (sometimes.) I have a comfy desk chair, a clean desk looking out to my window and my laptop. I also write in the living room, den, outside… anywhere I can get comfortable!

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I am not very particular about where I write, I just have a few things I am particular about. I need a good scenery and a comfy chair. This can be at a coffee house, a library, or a friend’s house but I need to like where I sit and what I’m looking at. I also like to have people around me but not paying attention to me. I liked in college when we would have a few people get together to do homework and I would just write away. Or I like it now when boyfriend can play his games and I will write.

Around my writing space I need a few things:

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My story notebook is 100% essential. I need it around me to brainstorm. My brainstorming is hard to do on a computer because I just write down random ideas that I know I don’t like so that hopefully it sparks something else. I also use it as a low pressure writing environment when I’m feeling anxious. Sometimes my computer feels too permanent and that is pressure so I just let it flow with ink and paper.

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I also like to have a current read around me because it makes me happy. Especially this book. Daughter of the Burning City is soooo good. I am not finished with it yet but I can’t imagine not being super surprised by the ending because I have no idea. I like seeing a finished book because it reminds me of what mine could be!

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My blogging planner is also usually around me. When it gets too tiring being creative, I switch over to my planner to be creative in a different way. Also, my blog makes me feel like I’m still working towards my dream. Instead of being a published author of a novel, I am a published author of small articles!

To make me most comfortable, I also am specific about the creature comforts that I have around me.

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I have The Office on while I’m writing usually because I’ve seen it SO MANY TIMES. Like whatever you’re thinking is a large number, multiple that by 10. It’s an embarrassing amount but I am not embarrassed by it at all. It is really comforting to have as happy background sounds when I’m writing about crazy people.

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These are not the same as my favorite sweatpants but they’re similar. I combine them with my fuzzy cabin socks and a hoodie and I am READY TO GO.

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I usually don’t like to have snacks because I’m messy and can’t concentrate and eat at the same time but I do always have a drink. I like water the best with writing but I will surely splurge and have tea. I pulled this mug off of the site Redbubble that I have been seeing absolutely everywhere and I love it. Already have a few things on my wishlist. This particular one is from the artist travelingfox.

So that’s it! That’s my writing set up. I called it a cockpit purely because it is a funny word. How do you guys write (stories or blogging or otherwise? WHAT IS THE METHOD TO YOUR MADNESS? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

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