Before I set up the writing office I have now, I read or heard somewhere that your desk shouldn't face the window. It should face the wall, because a window is too distracting.
I've been grateful a million
times that I ignored that advice. The window over my desk shows me
trees in all seasons. It has shown me spiderwebs glistening in the sun,
and squirrels jumping through branches. I have seen ice and rain, a bat,
birds and insects of all kinds. Cicadas have clung to the screen, and
fireflies have drifted past to blink their lights at the green lights on
But what about writing? you may ask. Isn't that
what I'm supposed to be doing here? Haven't I just proven how
distracting a window is?
For me, it's the kind of distraction
that has enhanced my writing rather than blocked it. Something about
facing a blank wall felt stifling, like a punishment. (This is just me;
it isn't so for everyone. Many writers may find a blank wall a perfect
canvas for their imaginations.) This window of mine reminds me there's a
world out there, the world I'm writing about. It gives me breathing
room, a view of nature. I spend a lot of time staring at a computer
screen. Every now and then I need to lift my eyes to the greenery out my
What's your favorite feature of the place where you write?