Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Where Do You Write?

I asked a variation of this question in the early days on the blog, back in 2007 when it was written on a typewriter and sent around via telegraph. And, well, the immense variation in writing habits fascinates me, plus we have lots of new faces. So I thought I'd go back to this one:

Where do you write?

Not necessarily the city and state/country, although that would be nice too, but where specifically is your favorite writing spot?






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Shannon said...

Personally I love writing in the dusty stacks of the University library. It's such a nice place to curl up in with headphones. Dark and Musky, but I've written some good things there.

Andrew Carmichael said...

usually I can write anywhere and everywhere, as long as I have a computer/paper and a pen.

abc said...

I guess having twitter allows me to be the first!

I write in bed. And in coffeeshops. I can't write at a desk or get angry and uncomfortable. I like having noise around me but not tv noise (people noise, music noise).

abc said...

whoops. not first. darn!

Rick said...

Anywhere with a comfy couch, power outlet, and endless supply of unsweet tea.

There's always:

http://nowrists.com/where/

E.C. said...

I write in my bedroom, just because that's where my computer is. But I always keep a pen and paper on my person, so I've been known to write in the car, at lunch wit my mum, and during church services as well.

Janica said...

I like writing at home on my couch with my laptop and a cup-o-joe. Don't even have to get dressed! I couldn't write outside or around people because I'm easily distracted.

Anonymous said...

At home and at work (when it's slow) I find it harder to write at work, but I can edit like a madman there.

Maitland said...

Anywhere there's lots of light. Also, anywhere that's moving (like trains and cars and such.) Public transport works as well for me, but usually just for thinking.

beckylevine said...

These days--as I work on a nonfiction project, where I need my resources, I've mostly been writing at home. When we bought our house, there were two "office" spaces--out and below the house (closed in) in what had been a canning room, maybe? and the "dining room." Husband wanted to be away from the main house! And who needs a dining room? So I get to write in a beautiful room with lots of bookshelves and the view of our wooded hilltop.

Getting ready to write a fast first draft on a YA novel, with friends, and I'll probably get out and meet them at the coffeehouse as often as possible, to keep the words flowing.

hasewal said...

For whatever reason lately I've done my best work laying flat on my face in bed or sitting in the bathtub.

GS said...

9 iron from the break. Water temp is still in the 50s though.

But Mr. B, found your blog yesterday, and was fascinated by the people who gather here. I'd love to put together a series of questions like this. A social experiment. No names, all for fun...questions, opinions, on writing, free time, goals etc... This is a fascinating collection of synapses. (I've always enjoyed conducting experiments on humans)

I used to be Editorial Director for AOL/TW, published a magazine, do contracting work now - What do you think? I'd host the whole thing and everyone can have the info if they want.

em: crashbiggs@hotmail.com

Janica said...

Although, I agree with E.C. I always carry a notebook just in case.

Josephine Damian said...

I only write at home, and only write in my space dedicated to writing.

I also light scented candles when I write as a kind of pavlovian cue that I associate with the act of writing.


My writing space:

http://josephinedamian.blogspot.com/2008/05/workspace-wednesday-or-meme-revenge.html

maltpress said...

I write in a local coffee place. Home is too disruptive: it's too easy to clean, tidy up, play with the cat, and get self-concious about my brother looking over my shoulder.

I dread to think what I've spent (and done to my arteries) in the last nine months working on my novel though.

Ink said...

It's not about about your favourite spot, or the best spot. It's about working with what you have. Life ain't perfect, so you have to cope. And for a writer that means writing, and writing wherever you can get the words down.

I write in my bookshop. Good things = being surrounded by books, lots of available resources, nice chair. Bad things = endless interruptions (also known as "customers"), further endless interruptions (books, internet, the slow and ghostly decomposition of the city of Windsor outside my window), and the smell of food (cafe in the lobby).

A nice cabin overlooking a Norwegian fjord would be nice. But I don't have that. So I just write. Just gotta get the words down and use what I have.

My best,
Bryan Russell

Andre Vienne said...

At my desk, in my room, for the most part. However, if I'm feeling adventurous, or irritated with the roommates, I go down to the pub or my favorite local coffee place. Or my pizza place. They all have wireless internet, so they've become the best thing ever for writing.

Of course, before I start going there more often, I'm going to need plastic wrap to jam my laptop into; I'm not about to risk spilling on the thing during a half-soused typing session.

Teresa D'Amario said...

I vary my locations. When I get "Stuck" I know I need a new environment. I have an office, but rarely write there. I use my laptop in bed, in the living room, or in the local book store. I am not so good at writing in hotel rooms though.

Aaron said...

Mostly at work sitting outside at the picnic table and with my iPod going.

Ben Crowder said...

I can write pretty much anywhere with anything, but most of the time I write at home on my iMac. And my favorite place to write is outside on the grass with a slight breeze and lots of clouds in the sky, with a Moleskine and a nice pen in hand.

Bonnie said...

I usually write fresh pages while I'm at my desk but I also move my laptop onto my lap in my bed and sometimes half listen to the baseball game in the background.
When it comes to editing myself or rewriting, I like to print out the pages and sip coffee in a coffee shop, or sit in the library. Mini Peppermint Patties give me a good boost wherever I am.

Sam said...

I write in my study, but when I'm out and about I always have a notebook with me. Yesterday I was writing at the printer counter waiting for business cards to be cut!

Mandajuice said...

Yesterday I wrote a scene while at the salon getting a pedicure, so I guess my answer is ANYWHERE.

But my favorite place to write is in the conference room of my husband's law office on a Sunday. It's eerily quiet and there's no wifi to distract me.

Teri said...

I usually write late at night after my family has gone to sleep. When all is quiet, I sit down at the kitchen table with my laptop and my fingers just fly over the keys.

hannah said...

Either in bed or on my couch in the basement. Usually in front of the TV. I break the rules!

Liz said...

Anywhere, everywhere. I always have a notebook on me. In a couple more months I'll have an office in an old barn. It's in the middle of the rainforest, so that should be good for the adventure novel!

David Russell Mosley said...

Mostly, I write in one of three places. My study at my desk. My kitchen table (early in the morning). Or outside. Either way, it has to be dedicated during that time to writing.

The First Carol said...

This will either make me sound completely odd, or terribly interesting. But I love the hospital. The new tower they built hosts state of art wi-fi, a three-sided glass fireplace, a tumbling rock fountain right outside the soaring 100 ft high windows, comfortable chairs, plugs in the floor, and if you’re a clod, free coffee from the surgery waiting room, or if more civic minded an espresso bar. I hope this wins me a prize! I would love to say, I got an award for being the most peculiar…

Skeptic said...

I use laptop computers and flash drives. I prefer to be at my desk at home, but that doesn't always happen.

Holly West said...

I mostly write longhand on the couch in the living room, then go to my computer and type it in the same day. I have to get away from my computer to write otherwise I'm too distracted by the Internet (like right now).

Kate Levin said...

I write on the train on my way to work and I write at Good Karma, perfect little coffee shop in my neighborhood.

Dara said...

My study at home is where I like to write. Sometimes I will write while I have a little free time at work, but I prefer being at home, with my music playing.

Dan said...

On the back of napkins at the bar!

joelle said...

Mostly I write in my office at my desk. I can write in the living room, but then at the end of the day, I have no place to relax and I really feel like I need a work space and a chill space. I also need to be alone because I talk out loud to my book all the time! Too embarrassing in a cafe, even if I could concentrate there, and I probably couldn't. During our (brief) summer, I write on the porch. I am going to build a treadmill desk like the writer Art Slade, except I'm going to use a manual treadmill because I found out how much energy an electric one uses and I'm too green for that!

British Columbia, Canada

JoAnna said...

I write in my home office, usually in the evenings, though I keep a pen and paper with me throughout the day to scribble down ideas and draft thoughts. I do better writing long hand outside of a structured setting first and editing as I type later.

Peter Stevens said...

I love writing in coffee shops (and Panera), but basically anywhere that I can take my computer is a great place to write. I prefer the atmosphere of a coffee shop where I can blend in to the surroundings and still be around people and conversation, it provides just enough distraction to keep me from getting tired while I write.

Urraca said...

I try to write in as many places I can, since free time is often limited for me. I am most productive when I write outside my home and I treat the writing as my job. Thusly, I write in coffee shops. I can throw on the iPod and get some serious work done. However, I have a favorite Chicago coffee house, Dollop. It may not be the fanciest one out there, but the coffee is top-notch, the staff is friendly and it inspires me to write. I wrote my first novel there, and thus a touch of nostalgia colors the walls of the place. Also, they have free wifi.

knight_tour said...

I write at my computer in my den, though more and more lately it seems as if I write in my sleep - I keep waking up and having to write down ideas for changes or additions to my story.

I'm currently writing from Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, though in the past few years I have written from Beijing, China; Zagreb, Croatia; and Moscow, Russia.

selestial-owg said...

I can write just about anywhere - though moving vehicles is not fun for me. So far, my most productive writing usually happens on the couch in the family room, or at my desk in the kitchen, when the hubby is gone on business and the kids are in bed.

Gretchen said...

You mean aside from at work? :D Mostly in bed, preferrably with some sort of sporting event on the telly.

Heather Harper said...

I switch from longhand to typing frequently, so I write in my recliner, at my desk, in my car, at the bookstore, at Starbucks, in bed, the tub, or anywhere I can be comfy.

I had abominable (HA, not really) abdominal surgery a year ago and am still tender, so I prefer the recliner. Physical discomfort is more distracting to me than noise. I can tune a lot out. Except my youngest son. TG for all day kindergarten. ;-)

Sandra G. said...

Writing for our local paper and my blog is done in our computer nook by the kitchen, as it's the only place in the house with an internet connection.

For all the rest of my writing I use my laptop - the best spot so far was last summer when we were camping - every morning before everyone else was up, I grabbed my laptop and a hot cuppa joe and headed down to the river to tap away as the water ran it's course next to me.

Now if I could only recreate the Kettle River in my backyard...

csmith said...

See, this explains why I love etherpad (for those of you who don't know it) www.etherpad.com (and I'm not in any way affiliated with it).

I'll write anywhere I can get a net connection to log in. Same interface - works for my slightly autistic brain.

My primary locations at the moment are my study at home and my desk at work. I need my ergonomic keyboards else my wrists give me gyp, all the swimming in the world does not help them. strangely enough.

Editing, editing hardcopy can be done wherever (which is why I'm about to buy a cat harness - spending weekend out in garden in the english countryside and want kitty out with me, but don't want to have to ensure she does not bolt for the main road). All I require is light and an amazing collection of fine-tip coloured pens and highlighters. And a big black marker to blot out.

Cameron Chapman said...

I can write anywhere. I write from my desk, or the couch. I write with music on, while watching TV, and sometimes with other people carrying on conversations in the same room. I've written some great stuff in the car. I can write pretty much anywhere I can take my laptop (or a notebook in a pinch).

Jean said...

In my home "office" which has a huge picture window looking out over the front yard so the dog and cats can look in at me. I've gotten real good at tuning out the tv in the next room, the kids and all the other distractions.

Also, I write the old fashioned way with paper and pen at the Sonic in town while son has piano lessons on Monday evenings.

Eric said...

This fellow was successful doing it on the F train:

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2009/04/22/2009-04-22_train_of_thought_bklyn_writer_found_muse__wrote_first_novel_while_commuting_on_t.html

I'm still struggling with doing it on the A.

R.J. Self said...

I write mostly at home, I pefer to be outside on my deck watching my kids play, but I do enjoy being able to write in the car while I wait for school to be dismissed. But my creative juices flow best when the house is quiet at night, so that leads to me being blearly eyed at 6 am to get my kids up for school. Its a nasty circle.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy writing in the safety of my home, or in a quiet class room with no one watching me. People watching me makes me nervous and I can't write like that.

Usually, I like to listen to music when I write. Mostly stuff I don't know the words to/don't know what they mean or music with no words whatsoever.

Marie said...

I have my desk in my bedroom and I write on my laptop while listening to music. I can't write anywhere else at the moment, though I always carry a notebook for any ideas.

RW said...

On my screened porch, as much as possible. I even have a picture:

http://workingonanovel.blogspot.com/2008/04/writing-chair.html

And have written recently about anticipating getting back out there:

http://workingonanovel.blogspot.com/2009/04/patio-ready.html

Mandy Hubbard said...

Mostly, on the train, commuting into work. It's 60 minutes a day, totally uninterrupted.

Also, at whatever place I eat my lunch.

Weekends are actually the WORST writing time for me because I dont have commutes and lunch breaks!

Mandy
Prada & Prejudice, June 2009

reader said...

GS --
I'm not Nathan, but I'm unsure what you are asking. Nathan already does put up these types of questions weekly, so he probably doesn't need someone else to do it for him, if that's what you were saying (if not, ignore me :))


As for the question:

I write in my car. Especially during the summer, I print out a section I've been working on and revise like mad while parked under a shade tree, sipping a Diet Coke from a drive-thru.

David said...

Usually at my coffee table or sitting in bed. Preferably with baseball on.

Baseball is great background for everything, and if you need a name for a random character, you just pluck one from a player's jersey.

Laura said...

I write in my bed curled over my laptop or hunched over my paper journal. And it's got to stop. My back is killing me, so desk shopping I will go.

lindacassidylewis said...

I type either in my office or in my comfy living room chair. But I write almost everywhere. I keep a small notebook with me at all times to jot dot story ideas, lines of dialogue, plot changes, etc.

However, it seems I'm most inspired while in the shower or driving the freeway and have resorted to leaving memos on my cellphone and writing notes to myself with eyeliner pencil on the mirror at those moments of inspiration.

wranglerdani said...

I write in my home office, facing an open window and drinking more coffee than I'm sure is healthy. :)

Thanks again for your blog, I visit daily and find it helpful and awesomely funny.

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Maya said...

I love to write in front of an open window, especially here in Israel where the air smells like spring flowers and a hint of cayenne pepper...

Diana said...

I scribble notes everywhere. My dresser is covered in wadded up pieces of paper with cryptic phrases like, "eagle tattoo Mozart" and "exploding beef sandwich" -- ideas I wrote down because of something I saw or overheard and didn't want to forget them.

The real writing - the kind that involves my rear end in a chair for hours on end in front of a computer - happens in my little office, the only room upstairs under the roof of a 1929 bungalow in the middle of Kansas.

Anonymous said...

I write at home between the hours of 10pm and 4am. And yes I love coffee and smoking.

tsrosenberg said...

Very soon, thanks to cashing in a bazillion frequent flier miles, I will be writing in the business class cabin (and airline lounge, before the flights).

I'll post on my blog about how well this motivates me to write.

I suspect it will be a tossup between "distracted by being asked whether I want a bowl of warmed nuts" and "goddammit, I have got to become Rich And Famous so I can do this more than once in my life". :D

Rick Daley said...

I work from a home office, and I have two laptops, a personal one and my work laptop. I write in the morning with cup of hot coffee, and then turn my chair 90 degrees when it's time to start work.

I also like to write on airplanes when I am traveling for business.

Kat Harris said...

I write in the office at my home. The lights are always turned off and my ears are always covered by gigantic can headphones, like the ones that were common in the '70s.

It's a good way to escape into that other realm.

Darcie said...

It's easiest for me to write sitting somewhere in my bedroom, nice and quiet with either pen/paper or my laptop

SGF said...

On my laptop, on my couch. My favorite thing to do is angle the couch or chair in my living room so I can see out the big living room windows and keep the trees and view in my peripheral. I like it quiet and I don't want people talking to me while I'm writing.

Sometimes I am gripped by the need to commit ideas to screen and so I have to do it while at work. My best, most passionate writing comes out of those short bursts.

quixotic said...

Honestly, I do my best writing when I am hiding in my office with the door shut and my boss not paying attention.
(shhhh don't rat me out.)
If I can't write there, I have to wait until everyone in my house is asleep. I can't concentrate when my munchkin and my hubby are around.

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Martin Willoughby said...

Om my PC...or in my armchair if I'm using pen and paper (fountain pen of course).

But ALWAYS with a cup of tea next to me. An Englishman can't write without one...or sometimes with one.

Mercy Loomis said...

I do most of my writing in my home office on my laptop, which I repainted and decorated this year with that in mind. It's attached to our library, but I keep most of my writing and reference books (and all of the roleplaying games, LOL) in the office.

I would like to do my writing on my main computer, which is downstairs, but there are no doors on the computer room so my cat tends to drive me nuts. Plus it's nice and quiet upstairs - my husband can play WoW or watch TV and it usually doesn't bother me with the door closed.

I'm easily distracted, so I prefer not to have music on, and I can't write while other people are talking around me. On planes or in places like that I will put on classical music or instrumental jazz, but nothing with vocals. It takes longer to get focused, but I've done good work that way. Planes are really the only places that I tend to write longhand anymore - sometimes it's just not worth the bother of getting the laptop out.

I live in Wisconsin, and much of the year I like to sit on my comfy screened-in porch and write or edit. It's more distracting than upstairs, but the fresh air is worth it. I let the cats come out with me and they are usually too busy with the sunbeams to bother me. I live in a fairly small town so even being on the busiest street, things are pretty quiet.

Scott said...

Small to large:

On a Powerbook G4 laptop, that I carry to work where I'm in the woods and back home where I'm by a beach that's empty half the year, in the state of New Jersey, U.S.A.

Mostly during the day.

Mostly in silence.

Fresh Water Mermaids said...

Fresh Water Mermaids said...

When I am traveling, I write in journals. I also keep a dream journal and allow my ideas and imagination to play and daydream there too. A big black blank book, usually. I care about the pens too.
Either flowing permanent ink arty black ones or black ball point.
Pen in hand is also the way I write poetry or play with experimental writing.

When I am working on a story or an article, I work directly on the computer as much as possible. I may have notes all around me while I work out plot points, character motivations, details that have to be returned to for consistency throughout a work, but I work on the computer. Usually, in my art studio. Sometimes on my couch or back porch.

When I have been very lucky, I go to the ocean for a month at a time to write in the morning and walk all afternoon on the beach and think about my story every day.

On writing trips, I can write on a computer in a cafe, but more commonly, on trips, I have my eyes open to the world and write notes in a purse journal and only turn on the computer when I am back at my lodging or home again.
-Bobbi

Steena Holmes said...

I do most of my writing in the evenings. I work a night shift at a dealership and tend to do most of my writing there. Once I get home and everyone is tucked in bed, I'll spend a few hours on the couch with my laptop. I've tried to write during the day, but it just doesn't work too well for me - so that's when I do the majority of my editing.

jimnduncan said...

Basically anywhere I can achieve a reasonable amount of non-distraction, i.e. when kids are in school or in bed, the tv is off, at the local coffee house, a library. They're all good. I just need places where conversations are either not going on or are muted enough that I can't make them out, because no matter what, my mind tends to focus in on people talking.

Karen said...

We've kept my grandmother's house in the family as a vacation place. It's up on the Central Californian coast, overlooking the putting green of a golf course. It's peaceful and quiet, and I love writing at the kitchen table, with the bay windows open and the clean air fresh with just a hint of ocean salt.

Cursing Mama said...

I need a quiet space, with nobody or nothing to interrupt me; although I do manage to write pretty frequently during my lunch break at work (mostly blog related). My ideal spot is really a sunny day at the lake, with my laptop fully charged, and nobody looking over my shoulder.

jnantz said...

iPod + computer + someplace stable (i.e. not the prow of a 16' ski boat in high seas) and I'm good to go.

RW said...

I did my first rewrite in the corner of a hotel room in Saigon with my laptop balanced on the meager furniture that came with the room.

Kat Mayo said...

I USED to write at work, when I still had a job. Now I write anywhere I can get away from my cats.

Anonymous said...

My first novel mostly at Einstein's. With the second, I preferred Corner Bakery. Dips into Taco Cabana for both.

And I write longhand.

Really, really wish I could do it at home, on the machine. I'm trying. And off to do just that, right now.

Mark Terry said...

On my 24-inch iMac in my office in my basement in my house in Oxford, Michigan, in the United States, North America, northern hemisphere, Earth, solar system, Milky Way Galaxy, hand of God...

I've also written under duress and under the weather as well as under deadline and under pressure.

And for those who wonder about time, prior to becoming a full-time freelance writer and novelist I wrote much of my published novel The Devil's Pitchfork longhand during my lunch breaks when I worked at Henry Ford Hospital. I would write with pen on yellow legal pads and type them into the computer in the evenings when I had time.

StrugglingToMakeIt said...

Wherever my laptop and I happen to be. And since I'm supposed to be studying when I do it most of the time, the top three places I'm most likely to be found writing are: 1) my room; 2) the library; 3) Starbucks.

Court said...

At the kitchen table, on the livingroom couch, on the comfy couches in the foyer of a local university's language & lit department, at the library, at a friend's house, at a coffee shop.

Occasionally, I'll write at my desk, but too often there's too much "business" stuff there, which hinders my tapping into imagination.

imagyst said...

I write in my bed before I go to sleep, on the couch in the living room. I can write while I'm working box office or concession at the movie theater. If I'm at school, I'm usually I'm writing instead of taking notes. I also write in my car during my breaks (passenger seat with blaring music and locked doors.)

Teresa said...

Every evening, I take my Dinky Dell (so named because it has only a Celeron processer) up to the second floor of my home. Perched on my bed with a Maine Coon mongrel named Macavity, I write dark tales. I also edit on my lunch hour, while waiting for doctor appointments, and on Sunday afternoons in my living room.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Usually at home, either on this desktop in my office or with the laptop in front of the TV. But if I'm inspired, I can write anywhere.

Laura Martone said...

I bring a notebook with me wherever I go, so technically I can be jotting notes anywhere (and, as a side note, my handwriting is so teeny, that my husband fears I'm a serial killer in waiting). But since I live in three different places throughout the year, where I actually write my fiction and articles depends on the region... probably my three favorite spots are the shady courtyard of Royal Blend, a coffee shop in the French Quarter; the moody Bourgeois Pig, an arty cafe in L.A.; and, when I'm wanting less inspiration from people and more from nature, the hammock that sits beside Big Bear Lake in northern Michigan. Guess no one place satisfies me completely!

Court said...

Nathan, where do you blog?

Mira said...

I do my best writing in my head.

Often while I'm driving or getting ready to go to sleep, I'll work out whole sections in my mind.

wlturland said...

On the porch, after everyone in the neighborhood has gone to bed, is when I write. There's just something about the comforting closeness of the darkness that makes committing words to paper seem so easy.

Margaret Yang said...

Since the local Starbucks frowns on me showing up in my p.j.'s, unshowered, with bed head...I write at home. The coffee is better there, anyway.

V said...

I write while driving, walking, exercising or any physical activity that leaves the creative part of my brain alone.

I type up what I've written at home in my bedroom/office or at work on breaks or where ever I can find a reasonably quiet place without interruptions.

Nathan Bransford said...

Court-

Either at home on the couch or in my office at work.

adrcremer said...

I'm with Mira. My mind creates scenes while driving or walking my dogs. I scribble dialogue in the notebook I always carry with me when a snippet of conversation or the way light skims over a leaf pushes me into a page of my own writing.

I transfer those ideas to my laptop wherever I happen to be. I've been traveling a lot this spring so that's often been wherever I can find an outlet at an airport - a much harder task at times when than it sounds. More than once I've been curled up next to an airport maintenance closet just to give my computer power so I can keep writing.

Anonymous said...

Though we have two office spaces, I prefer to do my paid work there, and my so-far unpaid fiction-writing at the kitchen table, where sliding glass doors allow me to look now at some beautiful bright-yellow forsythia bushes against a big expanse of green grass, pines and maple trees, and blue sky.

Our Yorkie sits on my lap and monitors my progress, leaping up periodically to go ear-shatteringly, menacingly bat-shit at any trespassers, e.g., squirrels, birds, the occasional neighborhood cat. I sometimes wonder how this affects my writing, not to mention my hearing.

Glynn said...

I write -- typing words to screen -- in my home office. I write -- in my head -- pretty much everywhere, especially listening to music in the car.

LorelieLong said...

Favorite place: On our screened in porch.

Most common: break area of my day job. Ya fit it in where ya can.

Elizabeth Guy said...

Here's a shot of my most regular writing spot:

http://twitter.com/ReadingWriter

You can't hear the music coming out of those speakers, but there's always something playing.

Bria Teragram said...

Generally I write in my bedroom on my overstuffed phone chair, which can fit two of me, because I like to sit crosslegged with my laptop resting on my knees (this is also my favorite spot to read). Not to mention, the table area is great for holding a pot of tea.

On occasion I'll go to a coffee shop, scribble notes in a notebook by my bed, or chill on the couch.

I also like to grab a notebook and sit in a park and just describe the scenery and people I see (it also works great when staring out the window of a plane). Sometimes the park/plane sessions develop stories of their own or I use the imagery in my stories.

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

At my desk in front of a window. The desk is not important, the window is.

Although I will have to try Shannon's suggestion and hit the upper levels of the univ library here ... so long as there's a window. :)

Sharla said...

On my laptop in bed in the evenings most of the time, but my husband and daughter then think I'm accessible and won't leave me alone. The TV is usually screaming whatever gore hubby has come up with, and so I've learned to work with noise. But what I really love is to grab a pen and notebook and find a chair outside or even in my car and scribble away with no distraction. I'm more uninhibited writing longhand I think. I don't block up like I sometimes do looking at a screen. When I'm typing, it all has to be just right and formatted right, when I'm writing, it's chicken scratch and arrows and there are no rules.

Sharla from Texas

Alison said...

I write in a notebook while waiting to pick up my kids from school. At night I transfer it to the computer. It allows me to rework any problem areas.

Anna said...

I have a long narrow table that sits in what's supposed to be the dining room, but has instead been co-opted as the computer area. through the window I overlook our tiny and ragged back yard to my neighbor's green house, past a rather ugly white fence that meets the shiny, recently stained new redwood fence, the cost of which our western neighbor told us we were splitting with him...

the huge window allows this view, not so lovely that I'm distracted, but enough to see all the above, blue sky and power lines that meet at the pole on the other side of the yard, fortunately out of my view.

where I park my hiney, unless there is a LOT of noise when family is home. then I retreat to the kitchen, or if reading aloud and not wanting to embarrass myself or said family, to the bedroom, door and window closed!

my Silicon Valley writing home; more than you wanted to know perhaps, but I just finished work for the day and am still rather verbose!

Lori Erickson said...

Fresh word count happens at my desk, which is crammed into one corner of our "dining room." (Which also houses a pair of bookshelves and a dining room table that's been covered with my son's Heroscape setup since sometime last year.)

Planning stage is a combination of kitchen table and computer--I do a lot of diagramming and index card shuffling, so I need more work space than a desk provides. But I use WriteWay, so once I have an outline, I plug it into the software before I start writing.

Revision is also a combination of the two places, since I work back and forth from hard copy and red pen to typing into the ms. Sometimes I take a few loose pages with me to work on while waiting for kids after school. And I keep a steno pad in my purse at all times, just in case.

Gryph said...

I either write at my main system, which is at my desk in the living room, or at the laptop in the bedroom office if the kids are being loud.

Unless I'm plotting on paper. Then it's wherever I'm sitting. I've built whole worlds sitting out front of an elementary school with my notebook propped on my knee.

Perle_Rare said...

I'll write anywhere I can bring my laptop to but most of my writing is done at home.

I either sit at the kitchen table with said laptop, or on the couch. I think I'm more productive when I pick the kitchen table but I can't write there if there's other people in the house coming and going. I bet distracted too easily. :D

Juli Page Morgan said...

The actual typing on the laptop is done in the living room, in the chair that used to belong to my dad.

But the writing goes on all the time -- making the bed, putting on make-up, driving to the post office. The story is in my head pretty much all the time.

Vicky said...

Greetings from Houston. I write at a very cluttered desk on a laptop. The isolation of writing is an issue because I'm an extrovert & lose energy quickly. My solution: iPOD. The biggest issue I have is forgetting the time. I typically don't get to sleep until after 1 AM.

sallyhanan said...

I have a really cute office at the front of the house, and I can shut the door if the dog (or the teenagers) get too rowdy. It's my little oasis of peace.

Justus M. Bowman said...

I prefer to write at my desk.

Christina said...

Usually at my desktop in my basement.
But when I can, I grab my hub's laptop and escape into a seperate room of my house with two cozy high back chairs and lots of windows I can look out of when I'm trying to figure stuff out. Having some place to write other than the norm is the best way for me to break out of a place where I'm stuck. A breath of fresh air can do wonders.

Eric Rohr said...

I write in a 2'x4' hallway closet. We call it Office Closet. Real estate is expensive in California, so you make do with the space you've got. When I saw the wall outlet, I knew my Macbook and I would be quite happy, albeit snug, in that little closet previously occupied by brooms and bugs and boardgames.

To make it work, I had to cut a hole in the top of the door and pop in a couple vents, attach a fan to the top shelf to circulate air and put in place a board to serve as a fixed desk (a real desk, you know, with legs and everything, would NOT fit in there, not even if it was a desk the size of a 2nd grader's). I then painted the walls a nice Benjamin Moore Seattle Mist with white baseboard trim. A knock-off impressionist painting with a gold-flake frame hangs on the wall, just above my laptop; above that, a bookshelf with my favorites on it. My writing partners (two Shih Tzus) sit, mostly calmly, on a rug behind me and just inches away from the menacing wheels of my teeny-tiny IKEA office chair. Because, really, if you're going to write in a closet, best to do it like you mean it.

Jo said...

I have a laptop in my bedroom so ideally I can just stagger out of bed and have at it, or wake with a thought of genius in the middle of the night and start typing, but in reality I need a thermos of coffee to even get going and the location was decided because my toddler lets me get more done if she's in the next room watching Baby Einstein.
I always carry a pen and notebook with me to capture those idle thoughts which often solve plot problems and I dream someday of being able to go on one of those writer's retreats with no interruption but the dawn chorus.

Professor Tarr said...

I conceptualize during my 40 minute commute to and from work everyday. I tried to talk into a handheld recorder for a time, but that just was too clunky for me. By really thinking it out without paper or pen, I am ready to pop it out later when I am able to write.

I tend to write a lot in early mornings or late at night. Usually on computer. I then am kind of obsessive about printing out hard copies and then using those as my mark-ups. I leave big gaps to fill in my narrative and I fill those in, along with edits and everything else in longhand on those copies. When I type that back in, I will edit again as I type and typically go much further in each session.

If I am working on a new chapter, I take a composition book with me when I go, and scribble my thoughts in there for new stuff.

My ideal place to write physically is somewhere high over looking somewhere low... typically porches looking down hills, top stories of houses with lots of light, lofts, trees, whathaveyou. Put it in my beloved Colorado or Mt. Meru, Tanzania and I'm all over it.

But for now, I'm Kewaskum, Wisconsin.

Scott said...

The writing environment doesn't matter that much to me. My frame of mind is more important. If it's good, I can write anywhere, anytime. If it's not, typing becomes like swinging a sledgehammer.

That Writer Chic... said...

Hello Nathan !

Well, since you asked. Solitude, I have to have solitude in order to write. Usually, something will inspire me and I have to head straight for my pencil and paper, or keyboard. But the most cherished place that I've ever written was in the living room of a terminally ill patient.
I spent eight hours a day with her. And her living room overlooked a beautiful harbor.
Now where else could you find
such inspiration ?

Laura D said...

I'm a couch potato writer too. Sitting at a desk has always made me feel like it's work. Plus, I need to get up and pace,so I need the room my basement provides. I love having background noise so I don't feel like I'm in a space void. The tv or radio works for me.

Rabid Fox said...

I'm all about having a comfort level when I'm writing. I can sit at my computer desk and bang away at my keyboard all day, but my swivel chair is uncomfortable beyond belief--my kingdom for a pristine manager's chair with back support the whole day through. When writing with pen and paper, I stick to my grandfather's old recliner. I'm not sure how it's held together after all these years, but it does.

Xiexie said...

I like to write in coffeeshops and on my desktop in my room. I once used a laptop when that was my only computer, but I can't stand typing on that flat surface for long periods of time.

I usually write longhand first so writing truly for me can occur anywhere.

ella144 said...

I usually write in bed, late at night, with either my laptop or pen and paper.

My preferred spot is either on my deck or at my kitchen table with the view of my backyard though the glass doors. I love the natural light and the peaceful setting.

However I can write anywhere as long as no one is talking directly to me and there is no television playing.

kaajalt said...

In a small corner in my bedroom.

Claudette said...

When I lived in the Caribbean, my work space was in my bedroom. I had my desk-top computer set up facing the windows, and could gaze out at the most amazing view when thinking. I'm back in the states now, and don't seem to produce as much without that inspirational beauty. I can however, write anywhere ... even with the television on.

Walter said...

Any place I'm struck by the urge. But my favorite would be sitting on the couch with my dog in front, computer on the coffe table right next to some coffee.

stephanie said...

Mira - Yes. This. Then I suppose I do it ala Teri @ 8:46.

Sooki Scott, I do envy you your geographic location.

Jennifer said...

I have a computer room and I write in there. The door has to be closed. Above the computer I tape encouraging notes from friends for when I start to panic and beside me I keep a copy of "Bird by Bird" for the same reason.

I also agree with Maitland. I find moving trains and buses perfect for coming up with ideas.

Calenhíril said...

I like writing in bed. Although sometimes that leads to sleepwriting, which is always fun to decipher.

If I had a clean desk, I'd write there too. Guess I should get on that.

Juliette Dominguez said...

There's actually a picture on my blog of where I write in upstate New York...it's one of my favorite places to write, with only what nature provides for distraction (which can on occasion be an awful lot!)

http://followingmybliss.wordpress.com/about

Bane of Anubis said...

Currently in bed, surrounded by Mouko and Anubis. Usually there or couch. Not big on offices/desktop writing.

Sandra said...

I currently do most of my writing at my desk at work on my lunch hour. I bring in my own laptop. As a working parent, I have fewer distractions at work than I do at home.

Mary Caffrey said...

I write mostly in the computer room in my house. There's a window overlooking the front yard here, that is open to catch spring breezes.

While I type on this keyboard, my white bird works on a metal chain attached to its perch. Every so often, I throw him an almond. Later, Sam and I will go out to get the mail.

There are plenty of diversions here, if needed. This room also doubles as a music room, so sometimes I play old jazz during writing breaks.

Then again, the kitchen isn't far away, for drinks and snacks.

Can you tell I am procrastinating the last chapter of my first novel? It's a humorous fantasy/mystery book. I wag 10 pages to go.

Furious D said...

I have a desk with my computer on it in a corner of my bedroom that acts as my "office." So I pretty much write as much as I can, and when I'm not writing at my desk, like watching TV or something like that, I have a notebook with me for scribbling down ideas.

morphine-moniza said...

I just need somewhere quiet and a computer. It helps if it's not a public space because I occassionally need to walk around and talk to myself.

Lisa said...

For most of my writing process, I prefer to use my desktop computer (iMac) — in total silence — in my basement office. It's a great place to focus and get down to business.

If I need/want to write late into the evening, I switch to my laptop and camp out on the guest room bed (when I need to ensure solitude), on the family room couch with the TV on in the background (if my husband has gone to bed and I just need to do some polishing), or the rocking chair in the living room (if I'm simply noodling and can handle distractions from the household).

Sometimes, if I'm restless and distracted at home during the day, I'll take the laptop to the library or a coffee shop for a nice change of scenery.

Charlene said...

Right now I write on my computer at my desk, but I'm thinking of switching back to notebooks since I can take them anywhere.

When I get the chance to, I like to sit and write on the bed with my back against the wall and the sunlight from the window keeping my pages readable, it helps somehow.

Marybeth said...

USUALLY I'm sitting here at my computer, in my dusty kitchen chair. It's an upgrade from the old wicker stool though, less pain in my back at the end of the day. When my laptop was still intact I would write in my bed, all cozied up under my blankets. I got a ton more done before the dear hubby broke it!

Cara said...

I write on my living room floor. I like to be able to see everything that goes into my story, so I have notes and outlines and character profiles all spread out around me. Then I stack up my writing books and reference materials alongside my laptop and get to work. It looks ridiculous, but it works for me.

morphine-moniza said...

Oh and there's a painting of Jane Austen over my work desk. I painted it myself.

She watches over me while I write and protects me from bad grammar, cliches and misuse of adverbs.

Captain Hook said...

I have found that I caan write anywhere. Even in my car where I live for a time.

If writing is what you do, what you have to do, you can do it anywhere.

Anonymous said...

I "write" while I'm driving or taking a long walk. By the time I reach my computer, I'm ready to go.

I live in South Dakota where the roads are long and open (and fairly empty). I find is easier to refresh my creativity this way.

I "type" on my computer in the kitchen.

A few weeks in March I was snowed in. That's when the fun really begins.

See what you're missing city bloggers? Who needs a coffee shop when quiet is all around you?

Anonymous said...

i like writing in my bedroom, at the desk, with the door closed, my phone off, the blinds drawn, maybe some music, depending on what i'm working on...sometimes it's more atmospheric to write late at night

romoak said...

I write where ever I am. I bought a Neo Alphasmart a few years ago just before Nano (discount) and I take it with me, and a notebook, and notecards no matter where I go. My kids always know, there's mom with her 'book' bag.

Now, my most productive is I run to sonic, get a latte and can sit in my car with the wind blowing through my open windows and write for hours. At home, with all the kids needing me, it's not so productive.

Dennis said...

Almost always at the computer in the 9'x8' room in my house that passes for my study -- preferably with some ambient electronic music in the background.

Drew said...

I write at a dirty table in a noisy crowded biker bar just across the road from my house. Believe it or not, it helps me concentrate.

Sarah said...

Barnes and Noble cafe. It's great for people watching when I need a break. And since they don't have free Wi-fi, I can't procrastinate by looking around the internet.

I'd love to say I write lots at my apartment- but it's easy to get distracted.

Ken said...

Home office, before the sky starts to lighten. Sometimes the desk, sometimes the couch, always the iPod, always the laptop. Plenty of strong tea.

Go like that until the wife, daughter, and hounds start to stir.

Elaine said...

I take my Alphasmart Dana to a local cafe, coffeehouse or cozy spot and write. At night, I transfer the info over.

I edit the info in my office area at home, but to write I need to be away from the normal home environment :)

Elaine

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

We have two 'studies' - big and little - with three of us fighting over them. I miss out on the peak times, but have earned the reputation of being sneaky - is it my fault they leave the computer or laptop unguarded?!
The 11pm to 2am period is usually free!
I 'write' on paper only on sufferance - we call that Sunday.
But, I have two planning books and endless numbers of notebooks for taking to inappropriate places.

kg said...

My favorite spot (when I can afford $80/month): The writing studios at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. A room barely larger than a closet, with a window, desk, desk chair and rocking (reading) chair, blank walls, a weak-to-nonexistent wifi connection...in other words: No distractions. And just outside those walls, writing classes are happening, the center for book arts is doing wonderful papery things downstairs, readings are happening in the performance hall, and the whole building is full of creative writerly energy.

Patrick said...

I write in my office, where it is noise and distraction free. I don't like noise when I write because I want to concentrate on writing not what's happening around me.

Casey McGill said...

There's a park not far from my school where I get my best story ideas but as for the actual writing...the giant love seat and ottoman in the middle of my living room is my writing space. There's plenty of space to spread out my notes.

K.S. Clay said...

My favorite place to write? Outside. I like to sit outside on the backyard patio and write on my Alphasmart Dana. It feels calmer outside. Other than that, I tend to write in my room usually sitting on the bed. My least favorite place? Sitting in front of my desktop computer. It works great for editing and revision but not for rough drafts. For rough drafts I'd even rather sit at the kitchen counter than the desk (and have).

Tree said...

Streetcar ride to and from work. Many days, that's the only "me" time I get ...

Mike J said...

I write on a 36 foot sailboat. Currently we are docked in Ft. Lauderdale but I spent some time moored in Key West and docked in Mobile Alabama. Next year I hope to write at anchor in the Bahamas.

Becky said...

Strangely enough, when I look back at pages, I can often tell where I was when I wrote them. If I'm too wordy, I was probably in front of the TV. Too descriptive, I was probably in a hoity-toity coffee shop somewhere. My best writing tends to happen on a basement window seat after the rugrat is asleep.

Brent Billy Curtis said...

I find that I can only write at coffeeshops with lots of background noise and humming, buzzing energy. I like it best when they are cranking up some music, but I'll put on my headphones if I don't like their musical selections or I get sucked in to a nearby conversation.

My favorite place to edit is on the bus, though I can also get lots done at home and at work (don't tell the boss or the taxpayer for that matter, 'cause I work for the government)

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WindyA said...

Honestly, anywhere. My preference in curled up on the couch or on my bed, computer on my lap, cup of tea nearby. But I keep a pen and notebook with me at all times so whenever inspiration strikes, I can jot it down.

Anonymous said...

I write the actual prose at my desk at home, but because I live 60 miles from work and drive 2+ hours a day, the more interesting answer is: while driving. I tape the current page of my outline to the dash, put on a ridiculous headset complete with boom microphone, and do all the staring out the window that is both time-consuming and necessary to fiction. I dictate the results into a digital voice recorder, and transcribe them later using a speech-to-text program. It makes writing at the desk go faster.

What can I say, I love efficiency...

Amy

Scott said...

It all depends on the day (or night) of the week. Sometimes, I like to be in my office. Other times, I sit at the kitchen table and write away so the boyz (cocker spaniels) can see me and won't whine. On really nice days, I've even been known to write outside. Oh, then there are the times I sit on the couch and write.

I really don't have a favorite place to write. I just write.

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scott g.f. bailey said...

In restaurants, sitting next to David Mamet.

Critinka said...

For some odd reason, I do my best work when I'm tuning out noise. At home I usually turn the TV on. The muted chatter at Starbucks will work in a pinch, but my favorite place to write is across the city at my sister's house. Her basement, the rec floor, has the most comfortable chair-and-a-half to curl up in, a stellar view of the valley, and 7 perfect little noisemakers. (Or, you know, hooligans, savages, wild things, kids...pick a term, any term.) If I'm ever published, I'll have to dedicate my labors to, say, my niece's painful mastering of the Hannah Montana Wii game or my nephew's hugely impressive war cry...

Dawn said...

My laptop on a TV tray and my behind in a wingback chair in my room. I "think" of ideas when I'm drifting off to sleep or just waking up. I never listen to music while I'm writing, but I do get ideas when certain songs are playing.

Fiona Young-Brown said...

It depends a lot on what I'm writing. Encyclopedia entries - at my desk so I can have instant web access. Editing or magazine articles - upstairs on the laptop where I'm not distracted by email. Fiction - anywhere but I write it longhand on legal pads.

Belynda said...

My absolute favorite (and this goes for reading as well) is in my living room in the wee hours of the morning. We have a loft, so I throw all the windows open and enjoy the breeze and the night noises. It's especially nice during those blustery New England rainstorms in the spring and summer.

My dream writing room is an all-season porch with big, screened windows for warm weather.

Marilyn Peake said...

Wow, lot of discussion happened on this blog after I signed off my computer last night. Gotta catch up reading what looks like an interesting discussion, but answering today’s question will be quicker. Looks like I’m going to finish writing the first draft of my new novel today. Just in the nick of time, apparently – I’m falling seriously behind in my blog and Twitter reading.

I write in a small office in my home. A few years ago, I invested in a large L-shaped set of desks with shelves, and bookshelves that line the walls. When I start writing a new project, there’s floor space and lots of room on my two desks. By the time I complete a novel, the only open floor space is a narrow path from desk to door, the floor’s covered with books, papers and boxes, and stacks of books wobble precariously on the desk next to my computer desk. And dust coats everything like magic pixie dust.

JMK said...

For me its not so much where, but when. For about 10 years of my life I worked for one of the most creative and organized persons in the music business, Henry Mancini. Mancine wrote every morning, every day, whether on assignment or not. He wrote, the rest of the day he took care of business, recorded, arranged or planned trips. But each and every day of the week for about 3 hours he wrote. I try to do the same. I write each morning for three hours...I love it, its so relaxing. I edit or promote the rest of the day...

PurpleClover said...

I have two toddlers so I have to wait until everyone is sound asleep.

Then when all is good and right I write in a HUGE comfy chair with ottoman. I open my laptop on my legs with a blanket and various snacks sitting on the arm (which are level with my ears no lie). It's a sinkable chair.

Then I turn on the tv on low to something very boring just for background noise.

When my daughter is too scared to go to sleep alone, I drag my laptop in bed propped up on pillows, various snacks on the nightstand, and cartoons playing on low so she can watch tv while I type.

Not much deviation there. =)

Soon I'll be moving to a condo overlooking a lake and I hope to use that as a backdrop! It's no Pacific but it'll do!

Heather said...

So cliche... but I do my best writing at any coffee house that doesn't have wifi (or one that requires you to sign-in to use it).

Locally, I've been seen at Starbucks, Moxi Java, B&N Starbucks, and Borders Seattle's Best. Always by an outlet, and most of the time by a window.

My favorite place is at a small Starbucks where they have a cool setup with mini booths and a wall that separates seating from the counter traffic. I curl up in the booth with a giant mug of toffee nut soy latte, put in my headphones, and write until closing.

We have on 24-hours SB, but it's loud in there and there aren't any cool booths to hide in.

Ian said...

I write in my head. I enter the world of my novel, which is set in Mongolia, and become oblivious to all aound me. I cam write as I walk, sit or even when there are other people in the room. I create the sentences, paragraphs and pages, usually up to 1,000 words at a time, and then when it's finished just go through the mechanical process of typing it in my office, but by then the writing has already taken place.

Terese said...

Writing Place #1For two hours a day, five days a week, I write in my car. I cannot help but think of the next scenario(s). To be more specific, I commute to work, one hour each way. It’s then my mind leaves Real Life Suburbs and journeys with my story’s characters. I see them engage with each other, listen in on their conversations and sometimes thoughts, and I replay events for them. Indeed I have walked through my office door with tears in my eyes, having just “experienced” a heartbreaking event with one of my characters. (Okay, now I’ve embarrassed myself.) Of course I quickly dash off notes so that I can type out my scenarios later.

Writing Place #2Typing out the scenarios is done either when I’m in bed by myself or on my living room couch when I’m by myself (the family spends time in the family room).

Lunatic said...

Mostly, I get it lined up in my head during my commute, then sit down and type it in my study at home, prefferably with the dogs snoring in the background. (Not sure why that helps)

Fred

PurpleClover said...

Nathan - if you want to know where Mira writes...just look out your office window.




(I'm sorry Mira - I just had to)

Sorry Nathan, no more encouragement from me I promise.

Cecilia said...

I mostly write in my conservatory (in a suburb of Edinburgh, near the Zoo) with a view out over my garden which at the moment is a mass of yellow, orange and red wallflowers, and at night a view of the stars above me.
I have also written in Starbucks, Princes Street (view of Edinburgh Castle) and I've occasionally drafted notes on a bus or a train, or edited at work (gallery of modern art, view out over sculptures).

Samuel said...

I need a room of one's own: a closed door and drawn curtain and no natural light.

I am in awe of people who can write in public.

EMC07 said...

I like to write in my recliner. It's usually late, about 10:30-11:00 at night. I have my macbook on my lap, Family Guy on in the background and headphones on. That's all in between checking on the puppy with a large tabby sprawled across the keyboard.

I can't imagine why I'm not getting more done?

PurpleClover said...

Samuel - me too! I have tried writing in public but I feel like everyone can see what I'm typing through the back of the screen!

Sometimes my hubby will peek over my shoulder and it makes me cringe. So that is why everyone must be sleeping. lol.

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~Jamie said...

Panera. Headphones block out the world, and they have tasty treats!

Alan Orloff said...

I write in my head, in my bed (I guess Dr. Seuss was a big influence), when I wake up too early in the morning. Then I struggle to remember everything when I finally get out of bed and trudge down the hall to my office (and computer).

Douglas L. Perry said...

At lunch, at the Carl's Jr. that's within walking distance. I don't eat there(bleh), just write.

I put on headphones, people watch, and let the words flow out of the pen onto the paper.

Nancy Coffelt said...

I definitely write in my head almost all the time when I'm supposed to be doing something else like making dinner, mowing the lawn - even driving - eek. For some reason those sort of tasks free up the creative center in my brain. Then I go up to my studio and type out what my mind has already "written".

It's the same with my artwork. I see the final pictures in my head and then just copy those images down on paper.

Natalie N. said...

I used to write a lot at work, when I didn't have as much work to do. But now I bring my 5 month old baby to work with me and between her and actual work, I don't have time. I try to write at home (usually in front of the TV not at my desk) but the baby will cry and I'll have to tend to her or some other life activity gets in the way.

I guess I don't really have a favoirte spot to write, I avoid all spots equally when I don't want to write, but I do my best writing when I'm sitting at a desk with no distractions (baby, TV, work, etc). Now if I could just find the time to get there again I might be able to finish my novel!

TERI REES WANG said...

I have two small rooms on at either end of a long skinny kitchen. One is supposed to be the "breakfast" room but, instead has a bench and a coffee table which is where the paper reading and writing can happen.
The second is supposed to be the "Dining" room but, instead houses desk, high back chair, and a lamp.
I graze between the two, literally and figuratively feeding off the words.

Robert A Meacham said...

I write in my office with the french doors closed.I might have coffee or cherry flavored brandy readily available. Sometimes I write with my fav. music playing, depending on the genre.

Julie Weathers said...

My deskNormally, my desk. It's a signal to my brain to sit down and get to work, hence the No Parking Sign. I like having my reference books and the cd player nearby.

However, I can pretty much write anywhere. At the writer's retreat I just plopped down at a table with the laptop regardless of what else was going on.

I used to write everything longhand and then clean it up when I put it on computer. My editor at Speedhorse told me I had to learn to compose on a computer and eliminate that step. Some of the best advice I've ever received.

Ideally, my writing haven would be out in the country 15 miles from the nearest neighbor and ten miles off the highway.

:)Ash said...

Cemeteries are my favorite places to write. I just find them to be very inspiring. There is so much history at a cemetery. I've also found that tombstones are a great place to find character names.

I usually write at home, though.

Stephanie Faris said...

My living room sofa. Is that unimaginative? But I do take my pen and paper with me everywhere. I work in tech support so if I'm sitting at a user's PC waiting for software to load, I'll write while sitting there. Without writing, I'd be bored senseless most of the day!

Polenth said...

I write in the sitting room, because my computer is a desktop computer. I actually hate writing there. Family disturb me frequently and watch television. I also have to sit on a chair, which I find uncomfortable.

My ideal writing place would be my own room, with space for my pets. I'd like having them there while I was writing. I'd also set the computer low to the ground, so I could sit on the floor. That's only a daydream though... right now, I just have to do the best I can with what I have.

Tiffany said...

It varies for me. I keep a notebook handy so whenever I am hit with a creative burst I can jot it down. But at home mostly on the recliner downstairs in the living room or upstairs in my rocking chair. Occasionally I will write on the computer in the office but my hubby keeps that desk to cluttered for my liking.

Kathleen McDade said...

I prefer a coffee shop, and enjoy having other people I know around (to work, not, for the most part, to chat). I don't get to do that as often as I'd like, though.

Rubenesque Writer said...

Not too long ago, my husband put a beautiful pine desk in our bedroom for me. It's in a niche in the corner of our room, and I've hung a few corkboards around the desk area and decorated them with quotes I like, awards I've won, business cards I've collected, and pictures that inspire me. I write best there, with my earphones on, blasting the iTunes. I created a special iTunes folder just for when I write, no slow songs allowed! Just very, very loud music...(Oh, I live in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, btw)

Winter Hansen said...

I write from my home office. My desk is in front of an east facing window, teapot to my left, dog to my right, the cat is wherever he damn well pleases. The walls are cluttered with daily reminders of why I should be writing. Music when necessary. If I am out, I have a notebook & my magic pen. You never know when inspiration will strike.

Audrianna said...

I love writing in my bedroom with my shutters open so I can see outside - although, writing at the beach rocks, too. It's just so relaxing and ideas just flow through my head like crazy.

I can write just about anywhere though...

Dr. Bingo said...

In my office. Sometimes in my home office. Also at loud-ass coffee shops, where the din forces me to focus.

I find it somewhat amazing that most people commenting here don't appear to have jobs (with actual desks and offices); or at least, not jobs that enable them the luxury of writing. I would think that many aspiring writers would be in writing-related careers. Is that not so?

Thomas Burchfield said...

I am very formal and boring. I write at my desk, fully clothed. Yes, I carry a notebook and when I do write in it, I'm usually at a favored tavern.

Vieva said...

I write at my desk - which shares a room with a massive train set that my toddler has. I often am working around a wriggling toddler that's on my lap, as well. :)

Icy Roses said...

With my trusty MacBook at a desk. I can write in bed or on a couch, but somehow, the writing is better when I'm at a desk. Current favorite locations: coffee shops of any kind, and Champaign Public Library. Being surrounded by books is usually conducive to my writing. Go figure.

Jenna said...

In the corner of my bedroom that I've converted into my office. I also love working outside, underneath the tree in the backyard. It's nice and shady.

misa101 said...

I love writing in the food court at one of the smaller malls.

Shannon said...

I tend to write on the living room couch on my laptop so my dog can snuggle in my lap.

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