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.
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.