Novelist Edward Kelsey Moore ("The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat") has a desk in his home office, but he doesn't use it to write fiction. Instead, he sits in a comfortable chair in the corner with a laptop on his knees. "Usually the desk is just piled with stuff," he says sheepishly. "So I don't have room to write there." But this unorthodox arrangement works out fine, because the room also doubles as a music room for Moore, a professional cellist. Typically he writes for 90 minutes or so, then moves to a different chair and practices the cello for a while. "It's very calming," he says. "If my mind wanders too much and the writing is not going well, I find that if I take a break and practice for a while, I get my focus back. So it works out." Kevin Nance is a Chicago-based freelance writer whose work appears in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Poets & Writers Magazine and elsewhere.
Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune