For some writers, the place they go to in order to create is sacred to them. Maybe it’s a private office, maybe it’s a favorite coffee shop, or even propped up in bed. Wherever their space, it NEEDS to be that space, the same space—ALWAYS.
I get that. Working in psychology, I know how powerful setting events can be with regards to prompting behaviors.
For me, I have always been able to read pretty much anywhere and under almost any conditions. Growing up in a chaotic household and now having one of my own, I have become something of a master at ‘tuning-out’ the external world.
Fortunately, I can usually do the same thing with my writing.
I do have a loft-space office in our home, but I will tell you that there is no door and it is used for pretty much everything except writing. I do revise there because the monitor screen is bigger and it’s easier to work on multiple documents at once.
But as far as the initial writing, I do it everywhere:
In the car (when husband is driving)
Various coffee shops and restaurants
In my family room (sometimes during commercials when I’m watching a show)
In the bath (paper and pen propped on the side of the tub)
Airplanes and airports
Once, in line at Six Flags (paper and pen during a 60min line!)
On a bench at Six Flags while my kids are riding a rollercoaster I won’t
At the pool
At the beach
On the bus commuting to work
I have two kids (11 and almost 10), I work full time as a school psychologist, and I am hell bent on creating a successful writing career. (as I personally define it J ) My life is busy, and fast, and highly prone to colossal interruptions.
And I love ALL of it.
I take my laptop (MacBookAir so it’s small) and a pen and notebook with me everywhere so that if and when a ‘writing-time opportunity’ presents itself, I’m prepared to take advantage.
It’s not a method that would work for everyone—but if it didn’t work for me, I probably wouldn’t ever write at all.