Ahhhh… Isn’t that a lovely view? Sometimes I think the beach would be my writing space paradise. Other times, I know I’d be so distracted by its beauty that I’d be better off indoors. But one can always dream, right?
Today I’m sharing tidbits about my real writing space, from my current “Draft #3 Central” to rituals and other habits when working on my WIP. This topic was inspired by recent posts by Jessica Matteliano and Rae Oestreich. In fact, I’m sort of copying Jessica’s format, which was based on questions from a recent #Storycrafter Twitter chat led by Faye Kirwin of Writerology. (Hope you don’t mind, Jessica. *winks*)
Curiousity piqued? Then let’s dive in!
Question #1: Do you have a designated writing space? Or, do you write in different spots?
Oddly enough, my writing space has changed with each draft. When I was drafting my WIP, I went back and forth between my desk and the “comfy chair” in my bedroom. Then for Draft #2, the comfy chair became my favorite spot. And now, for Draft #3, I’ve relocated to my dining room table. It allows me to spread out more than at my desk (which is small and cramped), and to keep my chapter printouts and any reference books or “documents” within arm’s reach.
Question #2: Does your writing space have to be set up a certain way? Or, are you not fussed?
I don’t fuss over it too much. As long as my chapter printouts, reference documents, and any additional notes, I’m all set. But I do have pre-writing rituals for when I’m at home:
- Burning a candle with a scent or color that matches the current scene or chapter’s mood.
- A cup of tea, for hydration. This is the only ritual I keep when I’m writing away from home.
- Wearing my watermelon tourmaline pendant, since it seems to help with my creative writing.
- Making sure my owl figurine Wesley is nearby. (You’ll see a picture of him shortly.)
Question #3: Have you ever tried writing anywhere different than usual? How did you find it?
I’ve tried writing in a few other places. Here’s what I remember, and how each turned out:
- Cafes / Coffee Shops: Too nosy and busy for my tastes. I tried it mostly for the experience, especially since I know other writers who love writing at coffee shops.
- Hotel Rooms: This has worked out well when I’ve traveled, like for Writer’s Digest Conference. I had the room to myself; and after getting a tea from Starbucks, I plugged in and was ready to go!
- On a Train: When traveling between Providence and NYC for Writer’s Digest Conference, I used the 3+ hour train rides to my WIP’s advantage. And it wasn’t too bad! The jostling of train cars and the chatter of other passengers distracted me a little – and I admit I was afraid of falling so deep in concentration that I’d miss my stations! But it was a good experience, for both last year’s trip and this year’s.
Question #4: Do you need your writing space to be silent? Or, do you prefer sound / music?
Yes to the music! There have been times when I’ll turn it off because I’m having trouble focusing. But the right piece of instrumental music will help me focus on the chapter or scene at hand and steep myself in the appropriate mood.
For my WIP, I’ve listened to songs from film scores such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. If you’d like to read more about those soundtracks and why I chose them, check out this blog post from May. But for example’s sake, here’s a track that I listened to recently while editing my WIP.
Question #5: What does your dream writing space look like?
Ohhhhhhh I’d love to have an entire OFFICE where I can write! With a bigger desk (at least bigger than my current one) for my laptop, penholder, spread of reference documents, and spots for a candle and my teacup. I’d also like to have a corner comfy chair, a window that lets in lots of natural light, and bookshelves for binders of my drafts and related “appendices” (world-building, character profiles, etc.), craft and reference books, and regular reading books. And a door, so that when it’s closed, people will know that I don’t want to be disturbed. 😉 It doesn’t need to be a huge room; just the right size to accommodate my needs.
Question #6: Share a picture of your writing space(s)!
Ta-da! I took this picture on Day 1 of Draft #3. It still looks this way now, though some things are sitting in different spots.
By the way, that’s Wesley to the right. My mother gave him to me as a gift a couple years ago, after I’d read Stacey O’Brien’s memoir Wesley The Owl and couldn’t stop talking about it. (Slightly off-topic: I highly recommend Wesley The Owl if you love owls or enjoy reading about animal-human relationships.) So, my Wesley is named after the real-life owl – and yes, it’s a him. (*lol*)
How about you? What’s your favorite writing spot? Do you have any writing rituals, or have your space set up in a particular way? Feel free to answer the other questions in your comments, too – or, better yet, write your own post about it! I’d love to read about it. 🙂
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