Although I haven’t done much writing this year so far, I thought I’d talk about where I write and how I like to write.
(I know, shocker, I’m still getting back into the swing of things following the new year. I have worked a little more on the fanfiction I’ve been working on forever. It would help if I could actually play the source material, but alas, I don’t have it or a platform that I can use at the moment. So, instead, I’m playing a different game in the same series. It’s kinda working to help me think on how I want to move my story.)
So, one common question people like to ask writers is where they like to write. It’s different for everyone. Some people have to have things set up a certain way or it’s always somewhere different. For myself, I actually prefer to hand write my stories and then type them up on the computer (which is where I’m at with my post-apocalyptic story–the first part has been written and completed and now I need to get it on the computer). Because of this, I want to be somewhere comfortable. At our previous place, I would write in my living room in my chair or at the kitchen table because we didn’t really have too many places for me to isolate myself. In our current house, I now have my own room, so that is where I write.
I have the computer in the room, too. I didn’t want to do that to start with because I really wanted my room to be a distraction-free area for reading and writing. It didn’t work out like that, but it also makes the most sense for me to have the computer in the room because I use it for a lot of writing after all. I have several stories that are only on the computer, in addition to writing for the blog.
My room is currently controlled chaos. I need to stain my desk (I bought it unstained because it was $200 cheaper and I told myself I could stain it myself for that difference) and I have books everywhere. Papers are all over my desk and my diploma is currently tilted in its frame for some reason, but I don’t think I’d want to sit anywhere else to write. I look around and I see my print from the Hemingway House in Key West, my dipolma, my journals, my “Turn the Page” metal sign that speaks to me entirely too much, all my Harry Potter stuff, and my bird curtains and it all helps me think and feel inspired. I’m still working on how to write with the dogs in the room, though. Remus by himself is fine, but Sophie has to get into trouble and there’s too much stuff for her to chew right now.
The last thing I usually need and/or want for writing is music. I find it a little easier to lock my attention away on the story at hand if I have music going. The mood for the music varies. Contemporary songs with lyrics can be distracting sometimes, especially if I’m feeling blocked with the story. Music of some kind is usually a necessity, though.
I think I rambled here, y’all. Sorry. But writing space is so personal and brings up different thoughts and processes for everyone depending on what space they’re in. Everyone has a place and a process.
That said, if I could write in that room where J.K. Rowling finished the Harry Potter series, that would amazing and nerd-tastic.
(Picture taken by me while writing this post this morning.)