AWAI Writing Challenge Winning Entry:
I Do My Best Writing in …
Three distinct locations offer the best environment for me to write.
My main office, or Eastern Division, is the primary location for my writing endeavors. It provides all the necessary elements for comfort and focused thinking. The scenery surrounding the office is lush with plenty of greenness outside the windows, accompanied by many species of birds and ever-present squirrels running in their seemingly random races across phone wires and tree branches. Raccoons, disgusting moles and opossum also make an occasiona appearance, thankfully not too often.
Conversely, my secondary writing location is the Western Division. This site doesn’t offer the scenic benefits of its neighbor to the east but to its credit, far fewer distractions at this location oftentimes lead to enhanced productivity. This site also offers better access to a number of conveniences but the closed-in environment makes for less enjoyment in completing the tasks at hand.
Lastly, my Central Office location provides benefits different, but not superior to the East and West locations. It is without a doubt far more comfortable to work in this location but it also presents numerous distractions that get in the way of efficient work and prevent the accomplishment of jobs requiring strict attention to detail. This site is my least favorite but it does act as a good fallback for more mundane writing tasks.
As you probably have surmised, my three ‘Divisions’ are in my home. The division designation is a playful description of where I work at various times of the year. My home office (the Eastern Division) is actually a sun porch that was made in to an extension of the living room. French doors lead in to my office and I do have a very nice view of the plant and animal life in the area.
I just moved back in to my office last weekend. Since I live in the Northwest, it does get cooler in the wintertime and my primary workroom depends on heat from the living room. Each year when it gets too cold for my 57-year-old bones, I pack up my computer and all the necessary elements needed for work and I move to the kitchen table (the Western Division). Plenty of light and heat make this a decent work location but I do miss having a view to the outside.
Occasionally when I tire of working in the kitchen, I will take my laptop and move to the comfort of the living room. You guessed it, the Central Division. I have found that I can watch football and/or basketball while maintaining a good workflow conducting online research. Of course, the kind of work one performs while watching sports must be the type that doesn’t require a lot of critical thinking and researching various companies online is just that.
Most interesting to me is how the setting I’m in provides momentum for writing. As I write this paragraph, it is sunny, the birds are chirping and I find myself in a very positive mindset for putting my thoughts down on screen. With me, that is not always the case, especially if I have neglected to keep my domicile in a clean and neat order. It seems that there is much right about my world when I have given household duties the attention they deserve.
I do enjoy writing at home. Most of the time, it is quiet and the perfect setting for thinking and writing. It is quite gratifying to me when I complete a project and I’m satisfied with what I write.
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