I’m starting this year with a new desk chair and a new perspective of my writing.
The chair. My old chair would make by backside numb when I sat for any length of time in it. I tried one of those egg crate things and it didn’t seem to help either. Not that I sit for long periods of time. With two dogs who seem to think they need to go in and out of the house every twenty minutes, I get up and down plenty during the day. But by mid-afternoon, I couldn’t concentrate because of pain down there.
I went to a chain office products store and sat in every chair, no matter what the price. I wanted a chair that would be comfortable and I could sit back and type with out hunching over the keyboard or desk. I found the perfect chair…I thought.
It has thick padding, arm rests that fit me just right, and a little bit of a rocking motion. I like to gently rock. Especially when I’m thinking. 😉 Which I do a lot while writing a book, as we all know.
I brought the chair home and it barely fits in the area behind my desk. That’s my fault. I like to be in the corner and look out the window to the front of the house and the door into the main room of house. Which limits me of space because of 1) my husband’s desk and file cabinet. (He rarely sits at his desk. He just stores things on it…) He packs whatever he’s working out out to the nook table early in the morning and does his paperwork there.
But I digressed. I love the spot where my desk sits. It makes squeezingh into the chair interesting, but once I’m there, I can put my feet up on a little stool under the desk, pull the keyboard out or set it on my lap, lean back in the chair, and type to my heart’s content. This is the most comfortable I’ve been typing a book since I started writing!
New perspective on my writing. While I tried to limit my goal on the books I plan to write this year, I also gave myself permission to not meet that goal if life intervenes. In the past if I didn’t get books out regularly, I would beat myself up and make myself miserable, pushing to get more written and put the book out there because the reader wanted it.
Now, I write the books I want to write and I still try to keep a new one in each mystery series coming out every 6 months, but I’m not as driven to make sure every genre I write has a book coming out. That was driving me insane. I’m sticking to the genre that has always called to me- Murder mystery.
I’m super excited about the Gabriel Hawke book I’m writing right now. I finally connected with someone who knows a lot about the topic in the book and feel I have enough information to make this a good solid book to help showcase a cause and epidemic that needs more attention. I’ve never considered myself an activist, but I have always been driven to write books about justice. And everyone deserves that.
Next month learn about my decision to end a series and how I hope I didn’t disappoint readers.
4 thoughts on “New Year, New Chair by Paty Jager”
The tools of our trade are extremely important. Glad you have a new chair. I too need a certain view so when I take a break from typing or editing I can look out and see people passing on the sidewalk beyond the lawn or the tree branches hanging down or a police car flying past. The world moves around me but I am not of it.
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Susan, I agree about a view when writing. Even if all I see is grass or sagebrush bending from the wind or a bird hovering above the hill, it is better than staring at my computer screen or a wall. 😉
You’ve got this locked-in, Lady! You know what you can do and what you can’t. I have a huge chair problem, but it’s more of a back problem. Sitting for any length of time just can’t be done anymore. Makes writing interesting! Thanks for the look into your life.
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Hi Heather, Thanks for stopping in and commenting! I don’t know if what I’m doing will work, but I hope so. 😉
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