Where Do You Write?

 

Recently I was wasting time on Pinterest and discovered a little something called a writing shed. Clearly this is not a new idea, but it is a foreign concept to me.

I want one. The idea of my own little room detached from the house makes me giddy inside. Ah, the peace and quiet. No phones. No one knocking on my door and asking, “are you busy right now?” No dog barking his brains out every time the wind blows. Just me, my desk, my laptop or notebook, and my thoughts.

Sounds pretty heavenly, doesn’t it?

My writing space has changed a lot in the past year. Originally, I was writing in my home office. I spend at least forty hours a week in this room as I work from home. In addition to the desk I use for work, there is an old kitchen table in the room that I use for my craft projects. Since I spend a lot of time in this space, going back in after I clock out for the day isn’t always an appealing idea. To make it feel less like going back to work, I decided to use the craft table as my designated writing area. This worked out fine for a little while, but the room is in close proximity to the living room. Even with the door closed, the noise from either the TV or other people in the house talking was just too distracting, so I had to move.

The next option was designating a space in my bedroom where I happen to have a writing desk. There’s just one problem with this desk. It’s unusually tall. There’s a nice wide, cushy chair for the desk but it’s too short. It’s like being a little kid whose lucky enough to sit at the grown-up table during the holidays. I can resolve the issue by either finding a taller chair or chopping a few inches off the desk legs. Finding a taller chair is the direction I’m leaning toward.

Until that happens, or until I can get myself  a shed (with central heating and air) my writing space will be my bed. There are a few advantages to writing in bed. For one it’s comfortable. I not confined. I can stretch my legs out. My room is at the back of the house, too, so I can close the door and shut out any unwanted distractions, except, of course, for the occasional barking dog. The disadvantage is that it’s tempting to just lie down and go to sleep.

All of this bouncing around from room to room trying to set up a specific place to write is getting pretty old, though. I feel like I’m spending more time on setting up the perfect space to write than I am actually writing. The sooner I work this out the better off I’ll be.

I’m always interested in the process of other writers, what works for them, what doesn’t. So my question to you is where do you write?

Back To Basics

spiral notebook and pen

Lately, I’ve been distracted and it’s derailed my writing habit. Too much time spent on the internet is to blame. I’ve been visiting writing blogs and websites along with publishing sites trying to learn more about the publishing industry. Somewhere along the line I lost focus of the most important aspect of the writing business – the writing.

My mind is now cluttered with stuff that I shouldn’t even be thinking about at this point. As a result, my work in progress has stalled out. I need to simplify, declutter my mind, and turn down the noise.

I need to get back to writing.

The best approach, I think, is to just go back to the basics. Remove any business/career aspect out of the equation and just write for pure pleasure. Start writing little by little each day.

One way to help draw my focus back to writing is Sarah Selecky’s Daily Writing Prompts. A new prompt will be delivered every day via email. The only rule is to devote ten minutes a day to writing from each prompt, and to do this by hand in a notebook. The idea is to create a daily habit, and pretty soon, as Sarah says, “you’ll be well-practiced in the art of sitting down quietly and consistently to watch your mind for new images and words.” That’s the end result I’m looking to achieve, and it will help me get back on track with my work in progress.

Photo Journal

 

boardwalk rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

boardwalk @ rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

view from the tower at rotary park environmental center

view from the tower at rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

boardwalk rotary park environmental center

This week my sister and I went on a photo adventure to a local environmental center. Since we both have DSLR cameras and want to learn how to use them better, we came up with a plan to go out on some “photo assignments.” We’ve actually talked about doing something like this for a while but never made the time until now. I thought I’d post some of my more interesting (and less blurry) shots. A lot of these photos are random snapshots, which tells me that I need to work on my composition skills a bit more.  Actually, I need to work on a lot of photo skills, but for now I’ll work on composition. Focusing on one thing at a time is best.

We plan on creating photo journals in order to use some of the scrapbooking supplies we’ve amassed over the years. It will be interesting to see how we progress in our photography skills over time.