One of the coolest things about being a freelancer is you can work from anywhere: a corner of your bedroom, an underwater sea pod, the middle of the woods, wherever. Putting together your ultimate workspace is a lot of fun, and I’ve always been fascinated with seeing how other writer folks, particularly people in the game journalism world, setup shop. As a fascinating experiment to indulge my own curiosity as much as anything else, I recently put out a call to fellow freelancers in the game journalism community to share photos and thoughts about their own personal writing spaces. Here’s the first batch. Enjoy!
“Writing Partner” (David Wolinsky)
David notes: “Honestly, I don’t know how anyone gets work done without two monitors. This way, I have no distractions.” He also adds: “I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s my desk. There are bills and checks on the right. Business cards from E3 on the left. My PSP and checkbook, my water bottle, and a Wesley Willis poster of my neighborhood above my desk.”
Scope out his work blog here.
“The Rabbit Shed” (Julian Murdoch)
“I built the shed for two reasons,” writes Julian. “First, it’s a bunkhouse that can sleep 3 when i have a lot of friends over. Second, it’s a simple pine box with good lighting, a desk, and NOTHING ELSE. I ran power to it, but there’s no internet. All that’s there is me, light, and a flowerbox. I have plenty of other nerdspaces in my life — a little office in town, a big gaming PC at a desk, a seperate sound recording space. But when it comes time to get some words down, nothing beats this distraction free space, a cup of coffee, and the laptop.”
Read some of Julian’s musings here.
“Knick-knack Attack” (Scott Nichols)
“So, this is where I do most of my work,” Scott writes. “Most of it is pretty self-explanatory, what with the monitor and various gaming nick-knacks surrounding it. I’ve got a trusty post-it note stack and a CD case I use as a coaster for tea just under my monitor, and I cleared off my assignment whiteboard for this picture, it’s not normally that clean. And yes, I do actually keep my Writer’s Market book and Strunk and White (hidden somewhere in that pile on the right) on my desk at all times.”
“Under the desk is my PC, 360, and PS3, the latter two are hooked up to the TV poking out on the left of the picture, which is where I do all of my reviews. Controllers for the systems are scattered on the floor next to me. Sometimes I’ll take my laptop off to the public library for a change of scenery, but most of the magic happens right here.”
When he’s not cranking out copy for big outlets, Scott writes other good stuff at his work blog here.
“Maximum Cocke” (Taylor Cocke)
Taylor writes: “I like to keep things pretty simple at my work space. A simple desk and laptop is all I really need, but I’ve got my Vita charging because I’m working on a review. I desperately need a new desk chair, as this crappy little Ikea chair has been hurting my back for months. But hey, we can’t always get what we want. I’ve had my D&D dice sitting on my desk since forever ago, and I don’t foresee them going anywhere. Not sure why, I just like them around. Rounding everything out is my Telecaster, which mostly gets used while I stare at a blank Word document and pretend like I’m working.”
See what Taylor has been up to on Twitter.
“Sticker Frenzy” (Kevin L. Clark)
Kevin writes: “This is where all the magic happens, my friend. Everything on my workspace has a story behind it that is tied directly into my passion and it serves as a reminder to keep reaching for that high score.”
Check out Kevin’s work at Don’t Lose Your Day Job.
“Organization Fascination” (Alex Rubens)
Alex writes: “I’m a very organized person so I generally require a pretty clean space for writing. I use a Henge Dock to easily dock my Macbook Pro without a mess of cables everywhere. My gaming PC is to the left of my desk and uses the same monitor as my Macbook, just a simple switch of the inputs. I have some of my numbers taped to the wall right now, I found myself pulling them up so often that it was worth it just to print them off. For my desktop, I like something extremely clean. It leaves me with less to worry about and no distractions when writing. I use a program called Clean to move everything from my Desktop into organized folders sorted by month every 60 minutes. It works quite well.”
Check out his work here.
“Basement Domain” (Matt Hughes)
Matt writes: “A temp setup in my friend’s cold, dark basement. The cell reception may be weak, but the internet flow is strong!”
Scope out his work blog here.
“Fresh Digs” (Dennis Scimeca)
Dennis writes: “This is a new space, actually. I bought an ASUS 24″ monitor after Diablo 3 sunk its hooks into me. My old desk wasn’t wide enough to fit the monitor and the speakers so I took over my wife’s old hobby table. The ergonomics are horrible, though. I think I need a new chair.”
See what he’s up to here.
HEY: are you a freelance game journalist, critic, whatever who bashes out words for various outlets? Then send in your workspace pic, a short blurb about it, and a link of your choice, and I’ll run it in the next installment. Send your stuff to: nathan_meunier(at)hotmail.com
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