The Room

To follow up with yesterday’s writing prompt, as promised I have wrote my own. Now keep in mind that this is just an exercise. Mine, like many of yours, probably won’t be terribly exciting or fun to read, but it’s to get the juices flowing.

So for those that may not remember the prompt, it was to describe the area in which you are writing. Here is mine:

I sit in a black leather rolling chair everyday. The seat sinks softly as I plop down and I can feel pieces coming off and sticking to my arms, a sign of how old this chair is. When I inevitably begin to rock back and forth, the chair squeaks and moans, reminding me time just what time can do to an object.

In front of me is the laptop I write on daily. It’s screen color turned down to make it easier to stare at all day while the keys are slightly faded from use. The power cord shines a light orange as it charges the old beast and a spidered crack runs up the length of the mousepad on the eight year old MacBook Pro.

The laptop rests gently on a desk with an foggy glass top. Looking directly down at it, it is impossible to see what lurks below, but general smears and scratches show its age as well. The whole thing is framed with a dark cherry wood. It is hard to tell if the wood for this desk was always this color or stained that way.

Other items of importance that exist on this desk with me. A coffee mug that changes daily. The one today is large and a dark blue with white text that says “A GIANT CUP OF SUCK MY DICK.” It portrays how I feel about the rainy day. There is also a liter of water, generally look warm and kept in an ice mountain bottle. There is a bamboo designed coaster, one to help protect what’s left of the integrity of the glass desk. Finally, a sure scents container filled with beads, something to help add a nice aroma to the work station.

Things of little importance include a small green container holding various items such as pencils, pens, markers, and other office supplies. Two different black mesh vessels holding notebooks, paper, and more. Two pen holders, one mesh and the other a solid maroon color, both there holding a more pens, pencils, and markers that we more than likely don’t need. There is a post-it note holder (also mesh), a large black printer that displays the brand HP Photosmart 7510 and has a toy raptor hiding on it’s side.

Things of mild importance: The fiancee’s Samsung laptop with her headphones and charger sitting messily on top of it. There is a kleenex box shoved to the side next to my father’s moving discs he forgot to take with him after he helped us settle into our new home. There is also a family calendar, to help remind me of important dates and times, although not much is written on there. There is a window that has the blinds turned open to allow myself to work with natural light, although today’s is cloudy and depressing in nature. Finally, a fish tank sits to the left of me, a fine distraction to add to the many I need as a writer. It is filled with various tetras and a beta, with bright decorations and rocks to help brighten the mood.

This is my workspace and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So as you can see, I chose literally to describe everything around me. The things that were important took more details than the ones that didn’t. This writing exercise works in two folds. It lets you see what you need and what you don’t in your writing work space. It also allows for you to practice description of a setting. As you can tell by my writing, I couldn’t just sit and describe the items in front of me, I had to also insert a character (myself) into the writing so that I could find a purpose to describe these things.

I hope that this was helpful. As stated in yesterday’s post, I would love to see what kind of writing was done with this prompt, if any was done. If not, give me some feedback on what you would like to see more of or would possibly like help with later on.

Author: tynoel

Professional writer and blogger. Author of the book A Monstrous Tomorrow.

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