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Christyp
10-18-2011, 09:23 PM
I usually write downstairs, sprawled out on the couch. I'm currently setting up an area down there with my own couch, I sprayed a wall with chalk board paint, a dry erase board, etc. But, today, because of some medical issues, I'm writing at the dining room table. Instead of my usual candles, I have a lavender incense stick burning. Strangely enough, the change has jostled the creative juices!

Do you guys always write in the same place, or are you into changing things up? Just kind of curious!

Jamesaritchie
10-18-2011, 09:38 PM
I write all over the place. In my office when I must, but I love getting out of the house to write, whether it's the library, the park, out in the deep woods, or wherever. A change of scenery is always a good thing.

Monkey
10-18-2011, 09:51 PM
I have to watch my four-year-old daughter while I write, so my laptop is usually at the dining room table, but travels upstairs when she's watching a movie or playing a video game, to her room when she's in there, outside at times. I don't like to write in public--I always feel too self-conscious, which is bad for my creativity--and I don't feel a big benefit from moving spots.

But whatever works for you, works. Congrats on finding a new way to get things moving.

Susan Littlefield
10-19-2011, 12:29 AM
I like to write while sitting on the sofa or at my desk in my home library. However, I do like to write in several places.

The other day while my significant other was doing his two hour radio show, I was in the lounge area writing as I listened to his show (and could smile at him through the soundproof sliding glass doors).

I have written in coffee shops, libraries, restaurants, an old-time motel room veranda (which overlooked the ocean), and other random places.

COchick
10-19-2011, 12:30 AM
I can write just about anywhere, which is why I have a laptop. The funny thing is, I'm LEAST likely to get any work done in my designated office space.

Zelenka
10-19-2011, 01:12 AM
I generally write at my sofa in the living room but I do keep copies of my stuff on the Ipad as well so I can write anywhere. It's just that it's easier to take my writing time at night when I'm at home.

LJD
10-19-2011, 07:14 AM
Switching locations worked for me in school and it works for me now, too.

PEBKAC
10-19-2011, 08:24 AM
I used to write anywhere. On the bus, on the couch, at my desk, in the cafeteria, a coffee shop, etc. There are places I prefer just because I can carve out a bigger block of time, but otherwise it's all the same.

strawberryblondie
10-19-2011, 12:01 PM
I usually write at my desk, but every now and then I'll sit on the couch or in bed instead. Changing spots is really helpful when I'm feeling blocked.

jaksen
10-19-2011, 02:57 PM
On sunny days I follow the sun. Well, the sun can't be directly on my laptop or I can't write, but I need to be in a sunny room or see the sunshine slanting in across the floor. On rainy days I just find a bright window. I roam all over when I write, an hour here, two hours there.

I would definitely have a hard time writing in a cave.

KellyAssauer
10-19-2011, 03:22 PM
I carry a notebook (you know - like spiral bound with sheets of paper?) and pens with me everywhere in case I find a moment to write, and also a digital voice recorder, and can write/observe or make notes anywhere, but the real writing and all the editing still happens at my desk.

Tedium
10-19-2011, 04:33 PM
I can write just about anywhere, which is why I have a laptop. The funny thing is, I'm LEAST likely to get any work done in my designated office space.

Geez, I'm the same way. Anywhere but the desk. I like to pace a lot when I write, though, so I could be anywhere at anytime. That excludes anywhere public, though. I get excited and I get hyped up, so I try to keep out of the public eye.

Kelly - I feel too self-conscious to talk into a tape recorder in public. You don't have any issues with that? Or was it something you just learned to handle?

KellyAssauer
10-19-2011, 04:50 PM
Kelly - I feel too self-conscious to talk into a tape recorder in public. You don't have any issues with that? Or was it something you just learned to handle?

Oh no! I'm too self-conscious for that as well. I'll bet I use it more often driving along in the car than anywhere else... that's usually when all the good ideas and when the poems usually come... so at least then I can pretend I'm just singing along with the radio. ;) but I can't walk around in public and speak to it, they might think I'm crazy...

... but you know, that might not be a bad idea.

Storm Surge
10-19-2011, 05:14 PM
Usually I'm at the dinning room table, but I write mostly longhand so the notebook goes with me almost everywhere. I'd like to be able to write at my desk more, but it's small and kind of, um, piled with junk right now and my chair isn't comfortable enough. I also have this weird requirement that wherever I write I have to be sitting straight up or leaning forward slightly. If I'm leaning back, I get nothing done at all. (Wish I knew why...)

Hiroko
10-20-2011, 09:26 AM
Usually I write at my little desk, but I'd like roaming. Sometimes I just sit outside when the weather is right and write there; I'm also considering just picking a random, mostly quiet spot in my town and just sitting and having a writing session.

cmi0616
10-25-2011, 04:55 AM
Ever since I bought a laptop, I've been almost obsessive about the place and time I write. It has to be in bed, with my lamp light very dim, late at night, usually around 11 or 12. Although, sometimes if I'm really hot on an idea, I do write a little earlier in the day/night. But it has to be in my bed. I'm weird like that, I guess. But that's only when I'm working on my novel. Poetry or short stories can be written almost anywhere, though I find it's better to write them by hand for some reason.