Where Do You Create?


I am blessed to have my own writing room. It’s my daughters’ former bedroom, outfitted with a desk, a dresser, two overfilled bookcases, two stuffed file cabinets, 3 stacks of TBR books, and 12 banker’s boxes of miscellany I need to find places for.I can generally be found there daily from noon to 4 pm, supposedly doing writing-related stuff.


My desk one day when it was relatively neat.

Of course, there are myriad distractions inherent in working at home. Sometimes I need a change of scene in order to get quality writing done.

I’ve gone to the library for some uninterrupted writing time (because my husband is retired and doesn’t always respect my need not to be interrupted).

Sometimes I meet writer friends at a coffee shop where, after a few minutes of conversation and the company of an icy mocha latte, we get down to work. I’m always surprised how productive these sessions are. Maybe we inspire each other to focus and get lost in our work.

Sometimes I get my best work done while I’m walking in the neighborhood by myself. I bring a notebook and a pen, and write myself questions about plot problems, and brainstorm possible solutions. Moving somehow opens up a creativity portal. I’ve done poetry walks where I jot down observations that later grow into poems.

What about you? Where do you write, or make your art or your music? Does it help you to have the consistency of a certain time and place? Do you use stolen moments or commuting time? Share in the comments below.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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  1. I have turned what was (years ago) our office into my studio, and the living room became the “office”. I LOVE being in my studio. I hate that it’s a mess, and plan to get it sorted out “soon”. I am in there any time i can be! But i do think i may need to start setting myself “studio hours” like you are doing.

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  2. I have my sewing room, which was a mess, but I’m slowly getting it back under control. It is also where my desk is, where I do my quiet time and studio business. My happy office though, is sitting on the bench with Evelyn before me, whether I am giving a lesson or doing my own practicing. 😊

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      • Yep! DH happened upon her two years ago this Christmas! A home school family was making a fast move and had to leave her behind, and DH saw the post about 15 minutes after it was published. They had only 10 days before the move so offered her for about 25% of her actual worth. She is a 110 year old Art Deco style Everett grand, just over six feet, that was refurbished 15 years ago. I love her!

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  3. I do my blogging, study and other work at my desk in what I call my “craft room”, but I haven’t done any craft in it for ages. There is a desk set up with the sewing machine and my daughters overlocker, another small desk supposed to be for scrapbooking (very messy at the moment) and the desk with my computer set up on it. My daughter will possibly move out soon after finishing study in about a months time, so maybe I’ll have a separate office and craft space then!

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  4. For at least 10 years it was the corner desk of the living room. In the condo idem ditto. Now I have a studio(barn), but am only there for big projects. Too cold in the winter, guess what where -in the living
    room: by the window) glad you came by!

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