Monday, July 18, 2011

Where You Write

I think I'm in a minority where writing is concerned.

I've trained myself to write anywhere. And, I do mean ANYWHERE.

Most writers I talk to have one, maybe two places where they tend to write. At a desk, maybe at their kitchen table.

While I've got no desk currently (we got rid of it prior to moving last year--thank goodness, it was a pretty heavy desk, and huge, too!) I do a lot of my writing at my dining room table. It allows me a good ear to hear my kids as they play and nap. I'm close to the kitchen if I'm cooking something (although, I do sometimes forget that I have something on the stove or in the oven... and that's when the smoke detector goes off!) If I print a draft, it's easy to get up and pull it off my printer, which, because of the size of our apartment, currently sits on top of a filing cabinet (out of little hands' reach) in the corner of our dining room. And, if someone comes to the door, I'm right there to hear the knock and answer.

But, while about half of my writing goes on at my table right now, I've found I'm just as productive--and sometimes more productive--in other places. In no particular order, here are some places I write:

Lake Kanopolis in Kansas... a place I could work at!
  • The Couch
  • The Recliner
  • In bed
  • In the front seat of the car while my husband is driving.
  • The driver's seat (while in park, of course!)
  • At a picnic table
  • At a coffee shop
  • At a library
  • During a political meeting or two (probably when I should have been paying attention, too!)
  • On a boat
  • On a beach

My current favorite spot is in bed, but I don't do that unless I'm actually ready to go to bed, and just waiting on TMOTH. But, if there are nights where TMOTH falls asleep in the recliner or on the couch, I can work for a while into the wee hours of the morning.

Where you write doesn't matter--as long as it's a place you're comfortable with, and where you have the things you need at your disposal. I'd be the first to admit that some of the places I write--the beach for instance--aren't the most productive, and I may only get a little editing done or write a few paragraphs.

I think it can be advantageous for a writer to be able to write anywhere, especially if they're frequently on the go or have constant interruptions. As I write this post, I've gotten up three times to check on cooking, tend to my potty-training daughter, and get my son up from his nap. The dog has been growling at strange noises in the apartment building, the TV is on with The Sound of Music (which I've been singing along with!), and the radio is on four feet from me with the talk radio station.

My question for you today:
Where do you write? Do you have to have one location devoted to writing, or are you more like me--you bounce from location to location with ease?

Until next time,

7 comments:

Adam Collings said...

Like you, I don't really have an official place to write. Our house is small so it's usually a case of write where I can find a quiet spot free from rowdy kids. Often it is the kitchen table, but much of my novel was written in the backyard with the laptop during summer - a year or two back.

Suzanne said...

When I was writing my first novel, The Race that Lies Before Us, I wrote literally everywhere like you. I wrote while at the kids' baseball and soccer practices, during their violin lessons, at church when I didn't have a class that session. Now I've gotten used to writing on the computer and don't like having to take the time to write it, then type it into the computer later. But I think I miss out on a certain amount of freedom when I limit myself to justnwriting on the computer.

Liberty Speidel said...

@Adam, I know what you mean!

@Suzanne... that's why I have a laptop! My unofficial motto is: "Have laptop, will travel." (And, yes, I do actually know where I got that from... the old time radio show "Have Gun, Will Travel."

Terrie said...

My ideal place is a quite desk with lots of daylight. I do my best writing in the morning after a good talk with the Lord and a strong cup of coffee. Sometimes at night, I'll get an idea and have to jot it down quickly or else it's gone.

Love your ramblings-they are inspiring.

lynnmosher said...

Liberty, you are a champion! With two little ones, and one needing such extra care, you have adapted yourself to writing anywhere. And I tip my hat to you! I think it's great!

Me? It's the laptop and me on the couch. It suits my body best.

Blessings!

Abigail said...

I don't have a laptop, but I carry a notebook with me and can write anywhere (except in the car, due to motion sickness). I like to have something to do with my hands while I watch a movie or attend theology classes. Since you have two children, I'm sure it's great to be able to take advantage of time and write wherever you happen to be.

Suzanne said...

I didn't have a laptop when I was doing all of my writing at sports events and music lessons either, Abigail, so it was good old fashioned pen and paper for me too. As much as I prefer working on the computer now, the old fashioned way still works when necessary, especially when the creative juices are flowing and I've just got to get something recorded before I forget.

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