Finding your place

Where do you do your best writing?

Do you have a special place set aside in your home? Some writers have an entire room where no one but The Author is allowed to enter. Some even have a separate building, a small outbuilding behind the main house where The Author can escape with no company but her muse. Presumably with a large KEEP OUT sign on the door.

Some authors say they write best in a corner of the living room sofa, where the television blares and there are constant interruptions from spouse and offspring.

Obviously, some authors write better surrounded by chaos and others when chaos is shut out.

Then there are retreats. These  usually happen at some scenic spot, such as the beach or the mountains, and involve the company of fellow-writers. Authors on a weekend or week-long actually do some writing in between talking about the craft ( a plus) and critiquing each others’ WIPs (another plus). They say they write better with instant encouragement and feedback — and the anticipation of a glass of wine and the camaraderie that follows a fulls day’s writing.

I wish I could do this, but it isn’t for me. If I’m at the beach, I would be too tempted to take longs walks, picking up shells and watching the skeins of pelicans swoop over the waves. Precious little writing would get done.

The same for the mountains. Too much time would be spent sitting on the deck and admiring the ever-changing view as clouds morph the landscape into areas of sun and shadow.  Time in the mountains would be spent reading a good book, not writing one.

So I sit in our former dining room turned office, my husband at his computer on the table next to mine, the cat lying on a desk by the window keeping tabs on the neighbor’s dog. (Notice the cat owns the desk while we work on side-by-side antique drop-leaf tables.)

I’ve tried writing in the den on my iPad. I’ve tried taking a legal pad and pen with me to bed in case I wake at 3 a.m. with an answer to the plot twist I’ve been puzzling over.

Neither works. I work best where I have worked for the past 10 or so years. I’m comfortable there. and my muse knows where to find me.

Where do you do your best writing? Leave a comment — we would love to know!







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