A Workspace Blog Hop and a Writing Journal
My friend Hugh, of Hugh’s Views and News asked me to participate in his Workspace Blog Hop months ago. Shortly after Hugh’s invitation, I received another invite from another friend, Ali, of Chronicles of an Orange Haired Woman.
Suffice it to say, I am late for these important dates! In fact, Ali had an excellent commentary today about keeping a handwritten writing diary. I thought I would incorporate that into sharing about my daily writing workspace tour.
I spend my days in the smallest room in our house. I call it, “My Creative Room.” It is interesting to note that Sugar and Spice have their sleeping crates in this room and use it at night. During the day, Sugar is my writing muse. She faithfully lies (sleeps) by my side on the floor the whole time I am in here pounding away at my keyboard. My sweet girl had surgery months ago and the patch of fur is slow in growing back. However, it does not deter her from supplying me with additional brain power when I need it.
Here is a view of my writing workspace. I recently acquired a new touch-screen computer with built-in speakers to aid me in my writing and blogging journey. I have pictures of family, college certificates, and the usual motivational images strategically placed on the walls. If you look at the picture of The Buddha I have on the right facing wall, you will see an aura around it. What an interesting photographic phenomena!
I do have a window in the room that I glance out of for my daily daydreaming ritual. I hope to add a treadmill this winter. The idea is that I will walk while reading and commenting on blog posts. I have a tablet that will work fine for that.
I did want to talk about the idea of starting a writing journal like my friend Ali does, here in her post. I use various notebooks, spiral notebooks, etc. for my writing, in addition to the computer. I have recently purchased two new notebooks that I intend on using for my book. Inside I plan on outlining my plot line and deciding on characteristics for my characters. I will fill these notebooks quickly.
Ali suggests keeping a writing journal where we can pour out our thoughts, try new writing techniques, and pen our innermost secrets. I like that idea. The fact that penmanship is not being taught in many American schools really got me to thinking about leaving a written legacy to my family in my own handwriting (or printing because I don’t know if it will be readable in the future). What if my diaries eventually inspire my grandchildren to become writers? Now that is an idea I really like!
There is a totally different brain correlation to writing by hand then there is to writing with a keyboard. I prefer typing because it is faster, although I appreciate the brain workout that writing on paper gives us.
Science Daily.com backs me up with the following quote:
“Writing by hand strengthens the learning process. When typing on a keyboard, this process may be impaired. Neurophysiologists have examined research which goes a long way in confirming the significance of these differences. When writing by hand, our brain receives feedback from our motor actions, together with the sensation of touching a pencil and paper. These kinds of feedback is significantly different from those we receive when touching and typing on a keyboard.”
Thank you, Ali, for an incredibly wonderful idea. I am going to start a writing journal today.
I would like to ask a few of my friends to participate in the Workspace Blog Hop, but it is not necessary to do so. Please participate if you would like to.
Thanks for stopping by today. I look forward to seeing you all again!