Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Where do you go when you write?

Where do you go when you write?  I have so many distractions that it's hard to find a quiet place to write.  I dreamed of retiring, locking myself in my office, putting on some quiet music and write one book after another.  I figured I had several years to do this as my husband didn't plan to retire until 2015.  Neither of us knew that the economy driven construction industry would fall over on it's face and force him into an early retirement.

I now write in snippets - little moments that I slip in while going with him on road trips (he tries to be quiet).  I steal an hour here and there when he's outside or watching TV in another room.  With only "snippet" time however, the writing doesn't flow.  I also try to write after he goes to bed - not a bad time except my brain tends to be withered after 10 p.m.

Now I've found a new place to write - at the school bus stop. I've been going early to the bus stop to pick up Gen - it's at the end of my daughter's long driveway with no-one around.  The scenery and atmosphere are very conducive to writing - no laptop, just my notebook.  Of course, I'm sure if I sat there all day, I would attract attention and look rather suspicious.  What would I tell the passing patrol car - that I'm waiting for my granddaughter's bus at 10:30 a.m.?  I guess I need to find another place - it's just another snippet of time, even though it's been productive.

I'm thinking of setting up a writing space in the sun room.  I fixed it up last year, decorating it  with antique rods, reels and lures.  It has the look and feel of a fishing & hunting lodge - really quite peaceful.  It's ironic that I fixed it for Henry as a "man space" and he never goes into it - he prefers to hang around me.  Maybe I'll put a "gone fishing writing" sign on the door and hope for the best.

Anyone have any ideas?  I would love to hear what you do through a post or email.



  1. I write outside my house. Nothing is worse for my writing than sitting in my house. There are too many things to distract me! Today was so beautiful and warm I sat outside on the stoop to get some writing done.

    However, I've never tried the bus stop before. I definitely read on the bus, but never write. Maybe I'll give it a try...

  2. If I had a laptop I would go to my porch, That is a big IF. However I go to my husbands in home office, Every morning with my cup of coffee. I read for about an hour, comment when I can, Eat breakfast after 30 minutes, (medication requires that) then I eat and read or post.
    Now it is night and I am here as my Sweet Husband sleeps in his chair while a non sensical movie is on. this is my wind down time in the evening.
    Then I sleep better as it turns me off, I go to sleep listening to K_Love. If you can find it, I find that is the most encouragment to start and end my day, As God is always in Control.

  3. Sue, your morning schedule sounds a lot like mine. I'm also pretty sure I could make better use of my time which is one thing I'm working on.

    Brit, just being outside this time of year is inspiring enough to generate some great writing moments. I'll make good use of the weather now because our Southern Summers are stifling.

  4. The sun room sounds like the best idea to me, as it's something that you have already got set up! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and becoming my newest Follower. I don't know how you found me, but I am so glad that you did, because we seem to have quite a lot in common! I hope you don't mind me following you from over here in England. I love the quote that life is too short to fold fitted sheets!

  5. Would love for you to follow me - but I didn't see you as one of my followers. Maybe it just hasn't had time to show up yet. I think I found you as a follower of a follower - and maybe even a little further down the follower line, ha ha.


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