I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
~ Peter De Vries
Is it just me or does paper/stuff seem to multiply? ok I have a bit of a clutter problem. And I’m always working on it and yes, I’ve read all the books…and I know how to fix it, and I feel better when everything is put away…and yet this morning on my desk is.
My sunglasses I couldn’t find when I hiked yesterday, the newest Cooking Light, The Sun (my favorite literary mag), a book on Photoshop, a new to me writing craft book, Story Structure Architect,Flip Dictionary,(excellent reference for poetry writing and writing in general) a dusting cloth (I’m trying), eight or so pens, at least fifteen misc. pieces of paper, two coffee cups, Egyptian Magic (all purpose skin cream),my monkeys rule! ruler (my sister just gave me, my laptop, my desktop computer, my ipod shuffle (i named it Bart because it’s orange), deposit tickets for work, my American Express card, all this in a 3′ x 2′ desk (measured with my monkeys rule ruler (thanks Koo). When I’m done here I’ll put it all away and then two days later…miraculously it’s back.
My conclusion…forget the dust bunnies the monkeys have taken over.
I spent the time yesterday decluttering my inbox and thanks Lillie, I’ll go look for your post on controlling email.
Today, pick something on your desk that shouldn’t be there and write about it for thirty minutes. And if you don’t have any clutter on your desk, write a comment and tell me how you keep the monkeys from taking over. Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag