The Writer's Office - What You Really Need
A Writer's Office is Special
Every writer needs a place to work. In the beginning, it may be the proverbial kitchen table or old student desk in a basement corner. As your writing income increases, your office may move into a room of its own, or even out of your house entirely.
A Writer's Desk, Chair and Keyboard - It's in the Ergonomics
Where you write, and how you sit, are critical. Usually you'll be using a computer, typing on a keyboard, looking into a monitor. If you are to avoid not only fatigue, but actual injury over time, you need to be set up in an ergonomically correct manner:
You'll also want to pay attention to the lighting. If you write during the day, natural light is best. For night-time writing, consider paying for the light bulbs that give you a close approximation of natural light.
The Writer's Computer and Printer
It goes without saying today you'll need a computer. The choices are Mac and PC. Mac's are delightful and more expensive. PCs come all sorts of ways, from no-name boxes to complete setups from recognizable names. In addition to your budget, the things to consider are:
Software for Writers
Your operating system will depend on your computer - just make sure it's a recent one. The standard for word processing today is Microsoft Word& it's a decent program and if you want to be compatible with others, this is realistically your only choice.
Although you can track income and expense with Excel (the current standard in spreadsheets) your life will be easier with QuickBooks or Microsoft Money.
You'll also need email software - again, Microsoft Outlook is typical and has calendar functions. It will do.
Today's writer must have an internet connection and frankly, you need the speed and convenience of broadband. With both cable and DSL, you not only have a fast connection, you also can use your phone while you're on the 'net. In metropolitan areas, wireless is worth exploring.
You'll have files on your computer and you'll have hard copy files. One way or another you have to keep track of:
Computer files are great, until you have a crash, so make sure you back up regularly. Paper files get cumbersome so do your best to keep them weeded.
Of course, I think every writer's office needs a cat; if you're not a cat or pet lover, do pay some attention to decorating and making your writing space a joy.