I was going to share my new site on my social media pages and I realized: I haven’t written anything since revising it, so since the title of my website is Write Where You Are, I thought I’d ask the question of all you writers out there; Where do you write best?
- A poolside cabana
- A comfy chair in your office/study/living room
- Your patio
- A coffee shop
- On a beach
- In your bed
- A cabin in the woods
- On your front porch
I’m sure your answers will be some variation of whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. I bet you all have heard the term barefoot writer? It just means that as writers working from home, we could literally do our work in our pajamas if we wanted. However, in my experience, I have to treat writing like it is a nine to five job, so getting dressed and set up at my desk, coffee by my side and a pen and paper handy, is the where I write my best.
I have tried several of the options listed above and, although I’m the author of the blog Kimmy’s Patio, I don’t really write there, it’s more a state of mind I get into. Also, I get up early. In my experience, lollygagging around and putting other tasks before writing means writing does not get done. Or very little does. Maybe a blog post and answering my blogging buddies on social media or their own blogs. Not that that isn’t also important, it just isn’t enough. I don’t feel like I’ve done my due diligence if I don’t spend 5-8 hours either writing or looking for writing jobs.
My “desk” needs work, I find chairs end up hurting my neck, so I have been sitting on an exercise ball with my laptop on some padding on a tv tray! How’s that for innovation! It is what works for me though, and it helps with my balance and core strength at the same time!
I have had to find a balance between writing and caring for the house, running errands, being there for my folks when they need me, etc. It can be done, it just takes discipline. Can you do all that and still write well you might ask? Yes! You simply have to manage your time wisely, try not to get distracted, make a schedule and stick to it. All easier said than done but it can be done.
Try changing up your routine or place you write and see if it doesn’t help. The two major changes I made when I decided to get serious about “this writing thing” was to (1) start early and (2) write every day. I write on my own blog, different platforms like Medium and Prose, and I do a bit of creative writing as well. I do it all in the same place. On my ball, at my “desk”, in my office.
That’s what works best for me for the time being. I’m hoping to someday get a real desk or maybe even a stand-up desk ( like this one from Varidesk) I would love to hear what works for you and where you do your best writing.
Leave me a comment and let me know if I can help you in any way.