Get the violins out: I’m having comfort issues when writing.
Usually I sit upright at my desk on a hard-backed chair with back and bum cushions. I find that an upright position helps to avoid slouching and laziness, which I am prone to after about, say, two paragraphs of graft. I have a slow old fart of a computer which keeps me off the internet and focussed at the task in hand. This position has seen me through a novel, a dozen short stories, two academic essays and eighty blog posts. So it works.
Sometimes I use my flatmate’s computer to write, but this has reverse success. The chair is too comfortable and the computer has a super-quick Pentium chip, meaning it’s easier to think of something at random then go raking up the internet for details. However, it is more comfortable and a more pleasant writing experience, if somewhat slow and snoozy.
But now, finding the hard-backed chair too draconian, and the other chair unavailable, I’ve reverted to using my laptop in a very comfortable chair indeed. A chair in which I can lean forward, slouch back, put my feet up and reach hot cups of cocoa. This gives me the best of both worlds, but the snag is that Microsoft Word does irritating things with punctuation on the laptop, I can’t hook it up to a printer, and the broadband cable is sticking out the back like an IV drip. And it keeps disconnecting if I move a quarter inch. There it goes again!
So, the point I want to make is... aaaaarrrrgh! This is an infuriating dilemma! Do I select discomfort, discipline and neat wiring over messy wires, comfort and small laptop snags? Eh???
For now, I find the laptop easier to write on. Not having to lean forward over a desk is a boon, as is having a smaller monitor that doesn’t strain the eyes so much. So for now, the future for me lies in the laptop. If I improve my productivity using this thing then I might switch to this writing method in future. Ha-ho-haw! I’m easily excited these days.
Now tell me how you write so I can laugh at you. Go on, tell me, slouchy McPoopypants. I dare you.