Skip to main content

Your Writing Spot

Here's a view --from the outside--
of my ash and birch trees.
Every day, I go to my writing desk -- one that includes a PC, paper and pens, and a spot for my unending cup of coffee -- and write. Well, each day except Sunday. I do need a day of rest.

But this is my writing spot; it's where I go for inspiration, creativity and dreaming. If it changed, I would also have to seriously change my writing process and routine.

writer-friend of mine recently blogged about how her beloved writing spot has drastically changed: how three of her neighbor's trees were cut down in a matter of hours over the course of three days! Not just little trees mind you, but decades-old trees that not only provided shade and glorious beauty, but inspiration for her work. She depended on these trees, even if subconsciously.

The trees are gone now and it's as if three family members have died.

She basically has to re-establish her writing routine. Though they are mere trees, they also belonged in her daily schedule; they were ingrained into her make-up; a part of her creative life.

This got me thinking about how much I love the two tree rights outside my window; two trees that I tend to stare to and through as I'm thinking up plot or characters or dialogue. What would I do without them? I would have a hard time "rebooting" my system, if you will, if they disappeared.

What's your favorite writing spot? If it changed, would it be difficult for you to find a new place? Could you? Do you even need a writing spot? I know my friend will find a new "happy writing place" but it definitely won't be the same as before.

Appreciate your writing spot and write to your hearts content while you're there. Let me know what and where your writing spot is. I would love to know ... as I'm sure my friend would, too.

Comments

  1. I have two writing spots, my office which has the ergo keyboard that saves my wrists, and the living room couch with my laptop, has the fireplace in the winter. Both rooms have a nice lake and city view. I'd sit outside in the summer, but the glare on my screen doesn't let me see.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love to sit outside too! But, if I do, I bring the pen and paper ... long hand can do wonders for needing a change of scenery and style. Elle, congrats and the positive Kirkus review! Way to go.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi,
    Nice post! I just sat straight upright when reading this. I guess I'm suffering from the exact same thing. Last year, sadly, I had to leave my writing spot. And with that left all my inspirations and creativity. Now I'm in the process of re-creating a writing spot that will work for me. Believe me, I paused writing for a year because of this sudden change!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Characters That Work

I’ve heard countless times that agents, when looking for the next great manuscript and readers, looking for the next great read, want compelling characters. But, what does this mean? Compelling? And why have I never thought of characters as compelling when I can’t put the book down? Sure, these characters are amazing, and sometimes I want to be in the middle of the stories as if they were my own experiences. But why? Compelling characters make me --force me-- to be in love with them as they find their way through trials or charge fearlessly down hidden hallways and dark forests. This makes for wonderful literature, and for fascinated readers. But how do we do this? How do authors create compelling characters -- ones that not only we want to read but others too -- and convince our readers that they should care about them? Here’s a tiny list by which I try to strive: Make them human: This is a given. And most writers would tell you this is. Give your character flaws that lots o

Increasing Your Vocabulary │ Overused Words

My husband and I have this running joke that if we played a drinking game for the first -- and only the first-- five minutes of any news segment, anywhere in America, we'd be under the table in two. Why? Because this drinking game is based on the repeated use of the word "impact." It's okay if you can hate me now. Because after this post, you will notice this word EVERYWHERE and how overused it is. I get it. The word is impactful. It makes a point. Pulls a punch. But ... it's beyond this, my friends. It's overwhelmingly beyond this now. I also understand that each decade has it's colloquial and trendy words. Totally understand that. I can dig that, yo. But, there's an all-out assault on this word. And most of the time, it's used incorrectly. Do you know what the word impact means? Per Merriam-Webster, it means 1.   a.: to fix firmly by or as if my packing or wedging   b.: to press together 2.   a.: to have a direct effect or i

Music and Me

So, this post is about music. Why? Because author extraordinaire Alex J. Cavanaugh  is doing a music blogfest. For those who chose to sign up and write about this subject, like me, we get the opportunity to muse about the top ten songs that have inspired us the most over our life. This is a rather subjective and varied blog idea, because sometimes the strangest music can inspire us, or move us, or allow us to remember a time or place or moment or person ... for the rest of our lives! And that is also why it is such a grand idea to make a list of the most inspirational songs: to remember, to pontificate, and think about such like: Wow, that song was awful, but I sure loved it! Warning: This list is going to be majorly filled with eighties music. Why? Again, for the reasons listed above. I was age "ten and up" in the mid-eighties. Talk about an inspirational and impressionable time of anyone's life! Because of that, I feel the eighties were good to me. And I don&