Author of Free to Be Fabulous
I wrote my first book sitting at my desk. And I haven’t written there since.After decades of working in an office, pushing paper at a desk, it only seemed natural for me to continue doing just that. So I typed away on my keyboard, researched online, and spewed facts for Stepping Through Cancer: A Guide for the Journey.
It worked okay, I guess. That book is a reference for cancer patients and caregivers, and shows what to expect and how to deal with it. Other than the subject matter and talking about grief over my husband’s death, it was easy to write objectively.
Then came other types of writing, mostly involving emotions and memories. For some reason, I couldn’t produce sitting in the same position as I had to negotiate contracts and calculate discounts for customers. I needed a new place to write.
|Sometimes, a desk will work. Maybe. Hmmm.|
My agent likes to write in a coffee shop, so I followed his example. But the distractions of people coming and going, the enticing smells created by the baristas, and the feeling that people were waiting for my table made me feel rushed and uninspired. It cost me $5 for a cup of cappuccino every time, added unneeded calories to my diet, and kept me from accomplishing much.Another friend goes to the library for quiet, uninterrupted time. Stephen King, in his book On Writing, says that he sits with his feet propped up, writes longhand on a yellow legal pad, and lets someone else do the typing. Neither of those worked for me.
One day, I wanted to check my email, read Facebook, and see people on the TV screen so I wouldn’t feel lonely, all at the same time. I sat on the couch, propped my feet up, and opened my laptop. And the words flowed out! So that’s where I am now, writing to you. This won’t work for everyone. Some of my writer friends can’t accomplish anything on the couch except watch TV or sleep. Sometimes I need to change things up to write other than books. When composing the Prayer Line for my church, I sit at my kitchen counter. Writing workshops take shape while on the couch, but not reclining. And thank-you notes can flow anywhere, just not often.
|Caffeine can cause creativity!|
The location itself isn’t important. What gets your juices flowing is. The secret is to find what works and stick with it.
And sometimes you may need a cup of tea or a TV set to get the muse rolling. Try different places until you find the one that works for you. Then, keep at it!
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