Sunday, June 19, 2011

Where do you write?

Where do you write?

I’m wondering because I’ve wanted a writing room in my house for years. I do have a room we call “the office” at home, but it really is more of a glorified closet now than a room where work could get done. Especially creative work.

If you opened the door on “my office” at home right now, you’d find stacks and stacks of junk mail waiting to be sorted, a kitty litter box needed to be cleaned, and general stashes of kids’ school assignments, packages of batteries and maybe a few old socks. The chair and work surface of the desk are completely covered with stuff. Not a good place to retreat for writing.

Sigh.

(Of course, most of the stuff is stuff I put there…so I have no one to blame but myself!)

Sometimes I write on the couch in the living room. It is generally quiet there, especially in the evenings, and there is room for the dog and one cat to curl up next to me. But there isn’t a good place to set a cup of tea or coffee.

Sometimes it is the kitchen table. Excellent on beautiful days when the windows are open and I can turn on the family room stereo. Not so excellent when kids are tromping in and out, tapping me on the shoulder asking for snacks, or when my husband is in one of his “MUST SMOKE MEAT” moods when smoke streams steadily through those open windows and just makes my eyes water. But…there is certainly space on that big kitchen table for my coffee!

I have a big easy chair in my bedroom, and that has been a great site for writing a chapter here or there. It is nap-worthy, though…that chair.

See? Every place I try to write, there are distractions a-plenty! Even today. I’m sitting in my local Panera with a pecan twist and a cup o’joe. Instead of pounding out this great scene in my head – one that involves a cross-dressing warlock who sings showtunes – I find myself entirely distracted by the three little old ladies sitting at the next table. They’re arguing about whether or not it was Hitler who started the tradition of the flaming torch for the Olympics.

I mean really? Google it, people!

And just let me write!

So…where do you write? Leave me a comment, suggestion or other thought and I’ll throw your name in the drawing for a “travelling copy” of The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. (As always, the Carpe Keyboard rules apply – I’ll announce the winner here on CK on Sunday, June 26, 2011. If the winner doesn’t reply to me with their snail mail address within one week of the drawing, I’ll put the book back in my give away stack for a different drawing.)

11 comments:

  1. Usually I write in my bed, or at my desk, which resides in the living area next to my little boy's play space. Distractions? Yup. But I make it work :)

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  2. I write in my office. Occasionally it gets so messy that rather than clean it up, I will not write at all. I am lazy like that. A few days will go by and I'll pick up the papers and markers and crayons on the floor (my daughters like playing in there when I'm writing my book reviews), and clean out the guinea pig cage (because if not, the sneezing will keep me from doing anything), and sit back down on my beautiful mid century modern L shaped desk, and write.

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  3. I moved, a year ago, and created an office where I do most of my writing. I have inspiring pictures hung where I can see them from my desk, which is actually an island in the middle of the room. Bookshelves behind me hold dictionaries, thesauruses (thesauri?) and books on writing - several in front hold other books.

    Mostly, it's a cheerful, happy place (though mine too has a litterbox). I also carry a steno pad with me everywhere and jot down notes and ideas on it.

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  4. I've dreamed of a writing office. For now it is a my sofa plopped between the dog and a cup of coffee with the television turned on and the crazy all around. It is about getting into the zone and ignoring the craziness around you. I think if I had an office I would sleep in there.

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  5. I write on my couch. I don't have an office. I could use my dining room table, but I'm comfortable on my couch and really that's all I need--well, and my laptop.

    khashway(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Hmm...for the last four years or so, the dining room table--either early in the morning with a mug of caffeinated glory and cereal or late evening by candle light. Both of those times are "low traffic" times in the house. The other option is always a coffee shop. LOVE writing there. Funny, the extra noise is a help to me sometimes. Gives me something to push against, in a way. Looking forward to finding new places to pen lines when I move...

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  7. I have a home office which was the fourth bedroom. I've been thinking lately how I want to actually tidy it up and make it more my space and less of a "junk heap". Sigh. I do write here though. I just step over the junk on my way to the computer.

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  8. Congratulations to V. Furnas!! You are the winner of this week's drawing for the travelling copy of Megan Whalen Turner's THE THIEF. Please send your snail mail address to me at karisscott at hotmail dot com.

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  9. Either in my home office or on my notebook watching the wildlife in the garden!

    I would like to subscribe to this blog but I cannot see an rss feed?

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  10. ignore the comment about rss I have managed to do it. Seems that the new firefox has changed the way rss feeds are displayed.

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