The sensation of flying. When I'm really involved in the story and my ego is suspended enough that characters start borrowing my face to figure out how they feel about things. When I'm in public and I'm seen sitting in front of a page, mulling over the words and being asked why I look so intense, or murderous, or angry. Being able to answer that, no, none of those things, I'm simply trying to remember how to fly.
The best part about writing, in my opinion, is that you never really master the thing. You're always trying to remember how to do it. The enthusiasm is usually there, but the ability sometimes isn't, sometimes the words are gone. When you aren't in that skill-space you go back to line editing or worrying about deadlines or otherwise occupying yourself with the technical, non-creative aspects of being a writer. But you know that eventually (usually when you least expect it) what you're working on is going to grab you by the navel and throw you right back up into the clouds and all at once you're back to flying.
Describe your desk
My desk is my lap, wherever my lap happens to be.
I think there is an element of entrapment involved in establishing a writing 'desk'. Nothing is more frightening to a writer than a blank page, and nothing is more terrifying than completing that perfect writing space that we dream of. Because once we finally build that perfect place we have no more excuses to not sit down and write something.
Writing has to be about writing, not about the place we can find the clarity to write. We can endeavor to find silence, or peace-of-mind in order to concentrate, but for most writers that must come from yourself, not from your surroundings. There will always be reasons not to write. I think the most useful discipline to nurture is to write in spite of distraction, in spite of your silence not being absolute. If we allow ourselves to believe that the space we're in determines our ability to write, we find ourselves hiding at our desks confronted by a blank page that is unwilling to make itself interesting.
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