Where to Put Your Desk
Okay, so I’m reading through On Writing by Stephen King (get the book!) and it gets me thinking about a lot of things. King has lived a very . . . interesting . . . life. In the book, he very freely talks about his alchohol and drug problem in the 70’s and 80’s. Yes, he wrote many of his best books (The Shining, Misery, Cujo, The Tommyknockers) while either drunk or stoned. And he’s conquered those vices. And no one can doubt he’s been a very successful writer. But he’s worked hard for it. It was in no way handed to him on a platter.
One piece of advice he shares that hit me hard is something so simple and yet so profound that I read it a couple times, went home and told my wife about it, have been thinking about it ever since reading it, and am now sharing it with you. King tells writers to put thier desk in the corner of a room, not in the center. Why? So every time you sit at it you will remember that life is not a support-system for your art. It’s the other way around.
Chew on that a little.