Picture this: you’re quite engrossed in a book you’re reading, you’re getting to an exciting part when suddenly, out of nowhere, you get a cramp or else start to feel really uncomfortable with the way you’re sitting, and you have to settle in a more comfortable position before you can continue.
I find that I have to do that often when I’m reading a book. For example, I can’t lay down on my stomach with my face propped up on my elbows because eventually my hands start to hurt. I can’t read while sitting upright on a chair because for some reason that just feels weird to me. I can’t read while lying flat on my back with the book raised over my head. I can manage to read while I’m lying on my side, but that can get irksome after a bit because – depending on what side you lay on – one page will be difficult to read.
For me, the best way to read is propped up against a number of pillows or sitting on those big comfy reclining armchairs. I would also love to get a rocking chair! Another place I like to read is – and don’t laugh – the bathroom. For some reason, I find it rather quiet and peaceful, and I’ve often spent a long time perched on that seat and reading my way through books. I’ve been called strange for it, but hey. To each their own! While on the subject of bathrooms, I’ve noticed that I often get story ideas in there, haha.
As for writing, I have a pretty set position. I like to sit on a chair that’s slightly reclining and put my feet up. If I’m writing a particularly intense scene or feeling too engrossed, I usually put my feet down and lean forward towards the computer. One thing’s for sure though, I can’t write while I’m in bed. I get too comfy and end up feeling sleepy or else dozing off entirely over the keyboard (I’ve gotten key prints all over the left side of my face once).
When I’m writing on paper, however, I get all hunched up over my notebook, gripping my pen or pencil so tightly you’d think I was trying to strangle it, haha. Usually I prefer to write by pencil though; I don’t like getting ink marks all over my hands. They can be so difficult to get off!
How about you? How do you all read and write? Is there anyone who likes to read in the bathroom too?