The Many Positions of a Writer

Writers and their weird poses and positions.  This is a widely used guide by all writers about the wheres, hows, and whens of writing places, poses, and times. 

(Warning:  This may be dangerous information for the beginning writer.  If you like writing in one position, at one place, stay away.  You stay just how you are.  It’ll be better for your posture in the long run.)

bed writer

  1.  The Bed.  

The bed is a very comfy place to write.  Included positions might be the lounge, the criss cross, the upside down, the curl, the pencil, and the sprawl.  Best used at night, but can work anytime.

(See that book?  Expect a book review about it in a few weeks.)



2.  The fluffy chair.

It’s mine.  It’s soft.  It’s fluffy.  I love it.  The fluffy chair is great for writers, especially because they might forget about writing and take a nap instead.  This is greatly encouraged.  Possible positions include the criss cross and the proper.  Great anytime, except just after waking up.

2.5  Thinking Putty.

(All joking aside, this is amazing stuff.  I play with it all the time.  It’s called Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty.  Glorious stuff.)

desk 2

3.  The desk.

This is my antique-ish, all wood, old, and extremely heavy desk.  (Don’t ask how we got it up two flights of stairs…)  The desk preferably has a nice view to stare out of when the writer gets writer’s block.  Bonus points if it’s a view of nature.  The desk tends to be very messy, so this place might be bad for organized writers.  Best used during the day and early evening.



(Random picture of my dog.)

The dog is essential for distraction.  A writer would not be a writer without some form of distraction to distract them.  


the writer's desk

4.  The too-messy-to-work desk.

This is the essential desk.  It holds everything that a writer might need, but will never use.  Only on occasion do the items on the desk become useful, but you never know when you might need them, so you cannot risk tossing anything out.  (Save the card making stuff, I do use those on occasion.)


t shirt

5.  The t-shirt that makes the writer want to write.

This is the t-shirt with a fandom reference on it.  When the writer sees the shirt with the fandom reference, they too want to see their book characters on a shirt and are then motivated to write more.  (Or cry in the corner because they will never see their book on a t-shirt.)

(I got the shirt at a home school conference.  Isn’t it great?!  You can get shirts like this at

If you were wondering about the different positions of writers, here is an all-inclusive guide.

  1.  The Proper.  This is a pose rarely employed by writers.  It involves sitting up straight, staring straight ahead with perfect posture, and slightly crossing the legs.
  2. The criss cross.  This is a pose often used by writers.  It is a criss cross of the legs, with the back usually slumped to some degree.
  3. The sprawl.  Used by writers mostly at night.  Involves sprawling on the floor or bed, belly down.  Legs are wide.  A blanket may be used for warmth in extreme circumstances.
  4. The upside-down.  Used mostly at night.  The writer lays on back, normally on bed, and props laptop on slightly bent legs.  Proceeds to write for hours.
  5. The kneel.  The writer props the laptop on a bed, and kneels on the floor, typing.  This usually ends with red, carpet burned knees.
  6. The pencil.  Similar to the sprawl, but everything is kept quite compact.  Horrible for the neck and upper back, but writers persist anyways.
  7. The curl.  This pose happens when a writer is very tired.  They lay on their side, in a slight c shape, and try to type sideways, without much success.
  8. The yoga.  This is for overachieving writers who somehow blend together wellbeing and writing.
  9. The flamingo.  One leg up.  
  10. The legless pirate.  Two legs up.  Normally used when sprawled or in pencil.

If I missed anything, let me know below!  (Hey, that rhymed.  sort of.)

bye for now,



6 thoughts on “The Many Positions of a Writer

  1. A very educational post about why all writers are going to die at an early age do to bone deterioration. XD I applaud your extensive research on this severe yet strangely common issue. 😉

    Seriously, this is hilariously true.


  2. XD The criss-cross and the sprawl are most often used by me, as well as the messy desk, though I am an organized writer 😉

    Fantastic post!



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