Friday, December 9, 2011

Blog Chain: My Writing Space

Blog Chain question: What conditions do you need to get your best writing done? Closed door, crowded coffee house? Computer or notebook? Can you just sit down to write, or do you need to wait for the time to be right?

It's actually a deep, chestnut brown in real life. LOVE my chair! You can get it here.

This is an awesome question, and something I in my fangirliness often love to discover about my favorite authors. I know more about JK Rowling's and Stephenie Meyer's writing process than a normal person ought to.

For me personally, it's pretty straight-forward. I'm a loose outliner, in-between pantser. I spew out idea spawn in a word document before the seed vanishes. I outline on paper. Then I'm back at the desktop computer in my super comfy swiveling office chair to write. I can just sit down and write, but every once in a while, I have a really hard time getting anything good to come out. I'm more likely to wait to be inspired unless I have a set of active goals written down somewhere, like Nanowrimo.

It has to be completely quiet, or lyricless music. Any outside words get mixed up in my mind and make it harder for me to write. So I write at night when my kiddies are in bed.

How about you? How do things have to be for you to write at your best?

Tere Kirkland started us out with this classic question. To continue down the blog chain, check out Michelle H. whose day it actually is because I'm a day late. Or if you prefer going backwards (always fun), check out Cole's post before mine.


  1. I don't think I could write anything without some background noise, even if it's just the TV. And I LOVE that chair!

  2. Definitely a desktop and a proper chair.

  3. I've discovered I do some of my best writing (or maybe that should be my most productive writing) in a cafe. There's no internet to distract me, I can tune most sounds out, I can't wander into another room to watch the TV, etc.

    I can write with or without music. Sometimes the music helps to enhance the scene, sometimes it helps to drown out other distracting sounds. Sometimes quiet is best.


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