- What are your writing habits?
- What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
- What do you need and want in a physical space?
Hmmm, where do I write? I’d be lying to say that I’m satisfied with this answer; the truth is that I have not found a specific special place to write. I like being closer to the middle level, and I don’t like it. On the main level where I have my kitchen where I can get a cup of coffee or a snack, but it is also where husband and I tend to hang out, watch TV, talk or read. Lately we have been trying to turn off the TV at 10pm, and do some Bible study, reading or talking before bed.
But I guess the place for study/concentration goes far beyond college. I never really had the roommate experience in college, a roommate for one semester my freshman year, and we didn’t really get along too well, or I would be annoyed too much. That year I spent much of my time in odd places like friends’ rooms or anywhere but my dorm building.
I found that I liked doing studying in the library, where I would be away from the distractions of my single room, not having the urge to clean or to organize continually in the back of my mind. I enjoy it the few days that we have not too hot/not too cold days in Virginia, so I can sit outside on my back deck and be free from distractions. But that’s only until the rest of my responsibilities catch up with me.
I had a roommate here for a few weeks recently while I have been pursuing my writing career and she has been transitioning back to the US from Bulgaria. We both set up camp with our individual laptops on the main level of my townhouse, by the kitchen, but there are just so many distractions, I never felt like I was able to get much done.
So I guess I write everywhere, anywhere, I usually need to wait until inspiration hits me.
I meed a distraction free environment so usually there’s a pad of paper with a purple pen near, so I don’t forget all the random grocery lists that magically pop into my head. The TV is far too distracting so it needs to be off, some background noise is nice, like soothing jazz instrumental or whatever, just not dead silence or music so popular that I forget what I’m even trying to do. I only need my computer to write, along with the little scribbles that I would hear a quote or have an idea. Back to the physical place again, I need to be distraction free, and I can usually remedy that by doing a quick little clean up job before I start.