Have Space, Will Write (Where do you do it?)
This photo is the view from my writing desk here at the new digs. Yep, that pretty much sold me on this place.
Where I write is a big part of how well the process goes for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m no prima donna. I can write anywhere, and have—while idling in a carpool line, sitting on the . . . well, uh . . . *cough* . . . you know . . . and also while shivering in a paper robe while waiting for a mammogram. I could go on, but those last two probably drew pictures in your brain that will change your definition of The Naked Truth forever. At least I didn’t post visual aids. This time. You’re welcome. 🙂
Point is, I write when the opportunity exists, even if it isn’t convenient, especially when there’s a deadline to meet. But just because I can write anywhere doesn’t mean that’s my preference. The photo above is a good example of my preferred sort of writing place. Calm. Peaceful. I love it. And even though my small desk is right in the middle of things, I’ve been productive here.
In our old place, I had an office upstairs with a big desk, a filing cabinet, lots of supplies, and ooh-gobs of space with a nice window view of our neighborhood. It was comfy, filled with family photos and mementos. My writing muses included three stuffed dragons—Edgar, Allan, and Poe—and a wood spirit carved by my Dad. A bulletin board over the desk was filled with writerly notes and quotes and, well, just a lot of stuff I didn’t want to forget. I was productive there, too, and couldn’t imagine a better place to write. (Edgar, Allan, and Poe have been banished to the guest room due to lack of space, but the wood spirit still watches over me.)
Much has been made in blogs and writer magazines about “the writer’s space.” For some writers, only certain spaces will do. I’ve read the recommendation that writers should set aside a specific area where they write, a spot that is designated for nothing else. The idea is that the place itself, being used for writing only, will be a trigger for creativity. Sort of a “have space, will write” idea. I don’t know if this is true because, as mentioned above, I can write anywhere. What I will admit is that when I’m at my desk, looking out over the beautiful outdoors, taking time to look up from my work to watch the wildlife, my writing flows better than anywhere else. There’s an energy I feel here that I’ve not felt elsewhere, and I’m grateful to have found it.
What about you? What’s your work place like? I’m curious about the space thing because I’ve been so surprised by my productivity in our new home. It’s smaller and I’ve less privacy than before, yet somehow this place has balanced my writer’s spirit like no other.
Do you need a particular place to write, or can you set up shop anywhere? If you aren’t a writer, is there a hobby you have or particular work you do that is best done in a special environment? Where are you the most productive?
Oh, before I forget, Love Built to Last will be available in audio within the next few weeks. My narrator, Pam Dougherty, has done such a wonderful job bringing these characters to life. There is one part where she read with such emotion that I cried, which is no small feat considering I’m the one who tortured these characters to begin with. This is an exciting first for me, having my work in audio format. Love to Believe and Love to Win will be available in audio soon, too! I’ll keep you posted.
See you next week. Thanks for reading. I appreciate you!
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