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Suzan
10-10-2010, 09:21 PM
I've always been facinated with writer's spaces. Ever heard about the famous author who wrote her first draft on a train? Do you have a favorite place where your words just seem to flow or are you able to write almost anywhere?
What's the weirdest thing you ever wrote with or wrote on?
I just finished a short blog post on my favorite writer space HERE (http://suzanmeredith.blogspot.com/) along with some of the stranger things I've groped for in the dark when I couldn't find a pen to jot down some all important thought...

Now, tell us yours, or post a link with a pic or two.

Susan Littlefield
10-10-2010, 10:18 PM
Hi Suzan,

I usually write in my home office. However, I've been known to write in a coffee shop, the library, and while sitting on the sofa. It just depends.

J. Koyanagi
10-10-2010, 10:40 PM
I write in my home office, and this is what I see (http://www.jkoyanagi.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/july2010_office-02.jpg). :)

Rebekkamaria
10-10-2010, 10:45 PM
I mostly write on the sofa, but I also have a notebook which means I can write on the bus, in a coffee shop or wherever I happen to be. I don't have a place I prefer. I can write anywhere.

gothicangel
10-10-2010, 10:46 PM
In my lounge, sometimes at the desk in my bedroom.

*I bought a three bedroom flat with the intention of using the spare room as a writing area/library. Somehow my sister turned it into a music room.

Suzan
10-10-2010, 11:07 PM
I've never tried to write on a beach with the ocean roaring, but would like to try that one day while sipping something with an umbrella in it : ) Hey, may as well dream, right?

Great "spaces" by the way and great pic J. Koyanagi

Kenra Daniels
10-11-2010, 12:42 AM
I usually write in my recliner with the laptop. I have an office, but seldom use it for anything other than a place to store all my books.
I sometimes write in the car with hubby driving.

Wayne K
10-11-2010, 12:47 AM
I wrote the first draft of The Driver riding the trains and busses in Philadelphia

Wayne K
10-11-2010, 12:48 AM
When I'm published and rich and all that, I'm going to Ireland to write my next book

entropic island
10-11-2010, 12:52 AM
I write whereever I can write, usually.

When I get a good idea but have nowhere to write it down, I'll make everyone around me's life miserable by repeating it to them over and over so I don't forget.

Usually, I discard "napkin writes" and quick thoughts but when I like the concept, I'll try to approach it from a different angle.

I type a LOT - to the point where I can touchtype faster than my old English teacher could type regularly...and she had won a contest for her typing speed. But that's just because it's easier to store your thoughts and revise them on a computer.

stormie
10-11-2010, 12:54 AM
I've written on scraps of paper at a table in the supermarket coffee bar while waiting for my mother to finish shopping so I could take her home.

I've never written at the beach. That's my time to just vegitate, read, enjoy the sun and people. I do get great ideas there though.

ishtar'sgate
10-11-2010, 02:17 AM
Do you have a favorite place where your words just seem to flow or are you able to write almost anywhere?



I write in my home office facing a wall plastered with pictures, photos and diagrams related to my WIP. My words flow best when I've just finished sharpening about a dozen pencils. I write all my first drafts in pencil and the smell of the pencils gets my creative juices going.

whimsical rabbit
10-11-2010, 02:32 AM
98% of all my writing takes place at my desk. 2% happens when writer's block visits me, so I just grab a notebook and a pen and wander off.

Had I the same view you had from that chair though, I bet I would never have a shortage of inspiration. :D

elindsen
10-11-2010, 06:12 AM
i lay in bed and write. its easier for me to have the tv on in the background and chilling. relaxing makes the creatuve juices flow.

amergina
10-11-2010, 06:43 AM
I write in a couple of different places.

I write during my lunch hour in my cube at work (on my iPad rather than the company computer).

Usually there's one weekend day where I head out to the cafe in the Borders bookstore near my house and I write for a couple of hours.

I also write on my couch at home after work, but mostly because if I stretch out my legs I can convince the cats to lay on my legs and not my arms.

Monkey
10-11-2010, 07:21 AM
I usually write at the dining room table, which, at my house, is in the bottom half of the Western tower. My daughter likes to bring in her toys and play there, for some reason, so it makes things easy--I can keep an eye on her while I work. Changing my position changes my view considerably--there's three windows facing three different directions, or if I put my back to the windows, I'm looking at the kitchen. My last novel has a lot of kitchen scenes. Go figure. :D

ETA: Here's a photo of my dining room. I dunno if you need facebook to view it...
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=153333238036126&set=a.127270280642422.9606.100000783513442

I generally lug my laptop around the house with with me, usually while it's open and connected to the internet, so I write in my daughter's room, in my room, upstairs, outside, all over the place. But almost all of my writing takes place at home, and almost exclusively when it's only me and my youngest child--unless it's the weekend and my hubby can help manage everything else.

When I'm laptopless, I often end up writing in crayon. Hey, what can I say, I'm a mom. :) Sometimes, when I'm outside, I end up writing notes to myself in the dirt...they don't stay long, but taking the time to write things down helps me to remember them.

But I have serious pencil-and-paper (or, in my case, crayon) block. I revise constantly as I write, moving sentences all over the place, rewording, altering, then putting things back again. My attempts on paper end up looking like a huge scribbled and scratched out mess. So much so that I generally won't write when my laptop isn't available.

PoppysInARow
10-11-2010, 08:44 AM
I find I write best at a desk or table. However, my favorite place to write is outside.

I actually change the space where I write quite regularly so I don't get bored. In the summer, i will write on my deck as often as the weather will allow. Otherwise I have two desks that I work from, and I've also been known to write at the kitchen table, coffee shops, the library, wherever I can.

Schu
10-11-2010, 08:59 AM
I write best either laying on my bed with my laptop or on the sofa with the TV on. Either way, I have to have some kind of background noise.

amlptj
10-11-2010, 09:14 AM
I've never tried to write on a beach with the ocean roaring, but would like to try that one day while sipping something with an umbrella in it : ) Hey, may as well dream, right?


Writing on the beach is seriously overrated. I tired once and found that no matter how hard i tired i kept getting sand all over my copybook and pen tip that caused it not to write. But i'm bias because i hate the beach.

me i love sitting in my house on the couch late at night when everyone else is asleep, and playing music.

Qbynewbie
10-11-2010, 09:15 AM
I work and write (not necessarily the same thing) wherever I have my laptop. I travel pretty extensively for work so "wherever" takes in a lot of places, including some trains and lots of planes. I find that as I've gotten older, I work better in quiet spaces.

Qbynewbie
10-11-2010, 09:18 AM
______ on the beach is seriously overrated. I tired once and found that no matter how hard i tired i kept getting sand all over my _____

This is also true. ;)

night-flyer
10-11-2010, 09:27 AM
I write in my bedroom, on the bed. I have a desk, but it's usually cluttered, and the bed is more comfortable. The rest of the house is too noisy for me to try to write in, so I stay in my room. I write mostly at night, because I have to work in the day.

No, hubby, so the left side of my bed always has notebooks, pens, and books on it. I use my laptop most of the time, unless I get an idea at work or something.

Once, I took my younger brother to the doctor, I wrote half of a chapter in the car on napkins. And I wrote three pages worth on blank receipt paper at work.

KyraDune
10-11-2010, 06:20 PM
Most of the time I write in my bedroom, but I can write anywhere the inspiration happens to strike me.

jaksen
10-11-2010, 06:28 PM
Near a window, always. I need to be able to look up and see trees or sky. (And never with my back to an open door!)

I carry my laptop around the house, wherever the sun is, that's where I am. (I sometimes have to angle the laptop to get rid of the glare.) I have a summer cottage (very small, which my short stories help maintain), and I love to write on the porch: big, wrap-around windows. Sometimes I write out there at night in the dark and forget to close the blinds. People walking by can look in and see the glow of my PC. They think I'm odd.

If you're stuck in your writing, try moving to a diff. location in your house, flat or whatever. They say this helps kids working on homework; move around, don't stay in one spot. Maybe it works for writers, too.

Jamesaritchie
10-11-2010, 06:44 PM
When bad weather sits in, I write in my home office. In good weather, I write out in the woods, sometimes camping for a week out there. I also write at the library, at the park, or wherever looks good. I've rented hotel rooms in order to write, and I've spent a month in primitive cabin writing.

I love writing at the beach, but since the nearest beach is eight hundred miles from where I live, I don't get there very often.

But my favorite place to write has to be on a boat. I've spent time writing on both a houseboat and a converted tugboat on the Ohio River. I'd live on one of these, if I could.

I suppose the weirdest thing I've ever written with or on is a story I wrote using a homemade goose feather quill, using ink and paper I made myself. I've also used these thing when writing by candlelight and kerosene lamp.

brainstorm77
10-11-2010, 07:02 PM
Currently, it's in a nice little home office. In my old house, it was my bedroom. I often brainstorm when I'm in bed. I jot the ideas down in a notebook I keep nearby.

whimsical rabbit
10-11-2010, 07:19 PM
I've never tried to write on a beach with the ocean roaring, but would like to try that one day while sipping something with an umbrella in it : )

I've done that. It actually worked for a while. Not being surrounded by screaming children, teenagers with portable radios listening to awful music and adults smoking like chimneys blowing the smoke your way, is a basic prerequisite though.

jaksen
10-11-2010, 08:36 PM
I love writing at the beach, but since the nearest beach is eight hundred miles from where I live, I don't get there very often.



Writing at the beach? Doesn't the sand get under the keys? :D

Zoombie
10-11-2010, 08:50 PM
Bed!

Sydneyd
10-11-2010, 08:51 PM
I don't need a regular place, but I do need, my laptop, music, coffee, and internet access. However inspiration has hit in various places. I outlined my second book during a spectacularly boring lecture. I will write ideas anywhere, my hand, arm, napkin...but usually I write them in a code that I cant seem to figure out later on. Rmb dreams neck 2o scary <<<that for instance

jessicaorr
10-11-2010, 11:05 PM
I usually write in my home office or in the library at uni. I love to write out in the woods, but we live in an oak savanna and the mosquitoes make it impossible to concentrate. They're not bad in the spring and fall though, so at least then I can actually write outdoors.

Ton Lew Lepsnaci
10-11-2010, 11:45 PM
I outlined my second book during a spectacularly boring lecture. Hope you acknowledged the lecturer.

Jamesaritchie
10-11-2010, 11:48 PM
Writing at the beach? Doesn't the sand get under the keys? :D

I write most of my first drafts with pen and paper, but on the occasions when I do use a laptop, I keep it up off the sand. Usually on a table, in fact.

Going to the beach does not mean you have to sit on a blanket.

Sydneyd
10-11-2010, 11:54 PM
Hope you acknowledged the lecturer.

I will have to put him in my thanks section.

Ton Lew Lepsnaci
10-11-2010, 11:59 PM
Do. Fascinating and boring lecturers can spark off tremendous inspiration.

quickWit
10-11-2010, 11:59 PM
Usually I write at the dining room table on my MacBook after Mrs. Wit and the kids have gone to bed. I jot notes in a small Journal all the time.

Tirjasdyn
10-12-2010, 12:25 AM
Because sitting up straight for long periods causes me a lot of pain, I sit in a recliner with a lap desk. Today I am trying the up stairs couch but it's not working. I have an office with a lovely desk but the chair causes me pain....so I don't use it. That's why I bought a new lap top this year as my beast really isn't portable.

At least twice a week I write at local coffee shops.

Because i use a lap top, i write on the bus on the way to anything, I've written on the beach, in casinos, poolside, on a mountain side and in the car when someone else driving. I've written while I drive using a voice recorder.

Devil Ledbetter
10-12-2010, 12:53 AM
I never write in my home office anymore. Too many distractions.

My most productive writing spots are in a leather club chair in my bedroom, on a papasan chair on my front porch (weather permitting) and at our local coffee house.

I did some hard copy editing on airplanes during some extended work travel recently. Seat mates kept asking if I was a school teacher. Apparently they were mortified to see me writing notes like "WTF, were you smoking crack when you wrote this dialogue?" in the margins. (I'm a pretty harsh self-editor).

S.J.
10-12-2010, 01:37 AM
I write in bed, which sometimes makes me dream that I am writing. :tongue

hammers
10-13-2010, 12:54 AM
I write mainly in my lounge, but if I get an idea then I will scribble it down where ever I am.

KLynx
10-13-2010, 01:16 AM
Wherever inspiration strikes- sometimes that is at work or driving. Actually, especially when driving- windows down, music loud. I see the scenes in my head, and I imagine how I would put them to words and rearrange them until I think I'm happy. After that it's a matter of remembering them until I get home, the music I was listening to at the time helps with recall. Unfortunately, I no longer have a car. :(

When I have to sit down to force myself to write during those times that I'm not compelled by inspirational mania, I try to find a place that feels refreshing (like a park). I settle down somewhere comfortably with a notepad or a laptop (hand writing is better for me), a cigarette, and a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage depending. The latter two items stem from memories of my youth when my friends would throw bohemian parties, and everyone would make music or act out scenes simply for the joy of doing it (with a cigarette in one hand and a beverage in the other). It puts me in the right mind-set.

I've only written at the beach a few times, but it certainly was one of the most relaxing and refreshing places. After swimming all day, I'd take a shower, throw on a robe, and go sit out on my parent's vacation rental porch facing the ocean- day dreaming and writing. Wish I could do that again some time.

shaldna
10-13-2010, 01:52 PM
I write at home. I have a study/library and my desk faces the wall. There is a cat and occassionally a small child.

Sunnyside
10-13-2010, 04:19 PM
I'm horribly envious of those of you who can write in coffee houses, or sitting in a lounge chair, or in bed. I just can't do it. And those of you who can write in parks and other places -- you have my admiration. Dickens could sit in a corner during a party and write complete chapters without blinking. There's just no way I could do that. I need quiet, and a closing door.

Thus -- and quite anticlimactically -- I work best in my office, with all my own stuff around me. It's an odd comfort zone thing -- and besides, as a writer of non-fiction, I need too many resources and notes around me to tote them to the corner coffee shop, darn it. I'm not quite Robert Caro (and who is???), who comes to an office every day wearing coat and tie to remind him that writing is his job . . . but as Caro does, I DO try to treat it as my job, with a workplace I have to go to. So it's down the stairs to the basement office I go.

Of course, it's a workplace where I can watch The Muppet Show and still call it working. Which is why I love my job. But it's a job nevertheless. (But if I could do it in bed, I would!)

Writer's work spaces is one of my very favorite subjects -- thanks for starting the thread!

shaldna
10-13-2010, 04:42 PM
I can write in work too on tea breaks etc, I can get a couple of pages done then. I like quiet, but not too bothered if I can't get it.

ladyleeona
10-13-2010, 06:24 PM
I write wherever, whenever. I don't get much opportunity for quiet time, frankly I don't get much time period. So I just have trained myself to focus and block out all noise for however much time I've stolen.

I had a crash course in this back when I was an undergrad--my (apartment) neighbors on all sides were frat boys.

Just joyous.

milly
10-13-2010, 06:29 PM
almost exclusively at my kitchen table....with my 5 year old and 2 year old hanging from each arm :)

seriously...

J. Koyanagi
10-13-2010, 09:27 PM
There's just no way I could do that. I need quiet, and a closing door.

I'm the same way. I can get some work done in a coffee house, but it's tremendously difficult and I often bring earplugs with me. It's related to some sensory processing issues I have, so it's basically a disability issue. Which is why I get frustrated when people (not necessarily people here at AW) say, "If you can't write anywhere, with any amount of noise or distraction, you're not a real writer." It's horribly ableist.

Anyway-- you're not alone!

And I love hearing about everyone's writing spaces. :)

KLynx
10-14-2010, 01:19 AM
I'm horribly envious of those of you who can write in coffee houses, or sitting in a lounge chair, or in bed. I just can't do it.

The extraneous noise is handled by wearing earphones. I can't process more than a few sounds at once, especially if they're human voices.

I was talking about this to my fiance the other day, because it applied to school work as well when I was younger. If I'm left to my own devices in a place where I feel comfortable... I'll take a nap, I'll watch a show, I'll read a book. I'll do any number of things that aren't what I'm supposed to be doing.

Going to a place with a lot of people (which I dislike very much), but with enough comforting factors to make it endurable (the smell of grass, a cool breeze, or somewhere there is a soft chair and the smell of baking bread or brewing coffee)... then my work becomes the tool by which I can ignore the elements that makes me uncomfortable.

I guess I actually envy people who can do it at home, you have some serious self control!

Tirjasdyn
10-14-2010, 01:32 AM
When I get writing I can't hear anything...if I bring music I tune it out completely. Now a crazy coffee house can get to me. But if can just get comfortable for one second then I'm gone.

Also I keep all my stuff on my computer (with backups) so my office is very portable. Makes it easier when I visit clients.

WCP
10-14-2010, 02:36 AM
I write only while encased within a giant ball of cheese

Marika
10-14-2010, 02:41 AM
I write anywhere I can. My kids' music lessons, my bed, the couch, my desk, The university math lab, the car, etc. Whenever I can get ten minutes together, I write. My laptop and I have logged a lot of miles together.

Margarita Skies
10-14-2010, 07:14 AM
Bedroom or dining room.

Suzan
10-19-2010, 07:29 PM
Good morning friends...or is it almost afternoon? Yeesh! Anyway, thought I'd post a little sneak peek of where I most often write, here on my BLOG (http://suzanstirling.blogspot.com) ... comments and followers appreciated! Have a great writing day everyone.

SueLahna
10-21-2010, 07:35 PM
I tend to write best on campus, either in class or in the library, where I'm free of distractions.
Weirdest thing I've ever written on: I've used receipts to write poetry and jot down novel ideas in the car.
Weirdest thing I've ever written with: liquid eyeliner.

monkey see monkey do
10-21-2010, 08:22 PM
I use to go to the library to write, but it gets so tiring after work I just go home.


Good morning friends...or is it almost afternoon? Yeesh! Anyway, thought I'd post a little sneak peek of where I most often write, here on my BLOG (http://suzanmeredith.blogspot.com) ... comments and followers appreciated! Have a great writing day everyone.

BTW Suzan, the link says the blog "was not found".

Suzan
10-21-2010, 09:46 PM
Thanks...fixed it : )

Matera the Mad
10-22-2010, 06:07 AM
Plot and character development stew in my head, lying on the couch; writing happens in the cramped corner where the computer is my world.

Ideas may arise elsewhere. Usually bathtub or toilet. Some survive to re-emerge when the fingers hit the keyboard.

R. A. Lundberg
10-22-2010, 11:00 PM
I write only while encased within a giant ball of cheese
Behold, the power of cheese!

writeonsandy
10-23-2010, 07:03 PM
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?fbid=1625414282940&set=a.1625413602923.88588.1464011116 (http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#%21/photo.php?fbid=1625414282940&set=a.1625413602923.88588.1464011116)Lately I've been writing at the kitchen table. I just took a pic of my workspace as of a few minutes ago (and I hope this works!) On the right, you will notice the trash from my Hershey's Miniatures, on the left the current reference books. The laptop is displaying THIS message thread. A terabyte drive on the opposite end of the table is a Godsend for backing up work and reference stuff I've downloaded.

Because I have a laptop now (highly recommend a good laptop!) I can go to the barn or lake if I feel blocked. But the ONE place I can't figure out how to write at is the hot tub. When someone gets that figured out, then I'll be able to really crank out the words!

Sandy

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1625414282940&set=a.1625413602923.88588.1464011116&ref=nf

writeonsandy
10-23-2010, 07:04 PM
Why didn't that pic get in there? I thought I did it correctly....

Kate Thornton
10-23-2010, 09:37 PM
I usually write in my home office at the computer, but I carry an AlphaSmart Neo (http://www.neo-direct.com/)with me & write during my stint as a volunteer at a local gallery and also while sitting around waiting for doctor appointments.

crazynance
10-29-2010, 07:15 AM
In bed with the laptop, or in the kitchen at the comp.. staring at a yellow wall and a big Tourist Board picture of Llynnau Cregennen, which is a lake surrounded by hills and the sun just rising on it. It's cool, cuz it's on the east wall, so if I look past it out my window, I can see the sun rising here too. :D
I can't write when there's really scenery because I get dist.. OH Look A BUTTERFLY!

Storm Surge
10-30-2010, 05:09 PM
The kitchen table is my favorite place at home. Away from there... anywhere is game. I do a lot in class. If the professors won't say anything interesting, I'll just entertain myself...