The Write Tools

I was supposed to be on my way to retreat this weekend. Unfortunately, there was a forecast for snow in the mountain passes and everyone but me would have to drive through them. It was going to be about abiding and I was already feeling the Spirit’s tug toward writing my blog about that, but one thing I am learning is how to pivot. I may not accomplish it gracefully, but I’m slowly making my way forward.

I decided to focus on my new purchase, which was delivered yesterday.

I’m so happy to have a desk that works for writing. Let me show you my old desk.

Emphasis on the old. I purchased this about two years ago. It was a solid navy color and I wanted a project to refinish for our home we were building at the beach. But, aesthetics aren’t as important as function. That was a hard pill for me to swallow. I love the way it turned out and I will be sad to sell it, but it proved to be the wrong desk for writing. Sure it was fine for longhand, but not for typing on a keyboard.

Of course a good desk is not the only tool a writer needs. Check out the other things I had to change out. The first was an ergonomic chair. Originally I had refinished an old dining room chair I had found at the Salvation Army store. I painted and upholstered it to match the desk, but it wasn’t comfortable for long periods of sitting, and it had no wheels. Next was the ergonomic keyboard, made to keep wrists in the correct position to prevent carpal tunnel and great after breaking my wrist.

Hearing from other writers, I know I may never make money from writing so I understand the cringe factor of spending money with no return. But writing as a hobby is no different than other hobbies people spend money on. It is better to get what works well to do what you love.

Even if writing is currently just a hobby, I plan to stay after it for the rest of my life. Having the right tools will make writing much more pleasant and remove some of my irritations and excuses. And who knows? Never say never.

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—

1 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ ‭NLT

Grace & Peace,


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