Where Do You Write?

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Do you have a specific place in which you are most comfortable where you prefer to write? Is it an office, a dining room table, or a comfortable chair?

Or do you vary your locales? Do you ever go to a coffee shop or a diner to write? Personally, I like to change my writing areas, especially when working on first drafts, which I always compose by hand. I use a legal pad and pen, and I like to work in a wide variety of places.

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Today, the weather is spectacular. It is a bit breezy and cooler than normal, which I love. My plan for writing today, therefore, is to find a nice outside table somewhere, perhaps at a park or a college campus, and I will do my work there.

My questions to all of you follow: do you write in only one place, or do you prefer to vary your spots?  Secondly, where are you writing today?

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74 thoughts on “Where Do You Write?

  1. Hi Charles, I used to write with pen and paper and then transfer to my PC, now I skip that first process. I will use Word or if it is something for W P only go straight to “write”. I have an office in my home but sometimes use the dining room table that looks out on the water. I have also been known to write at work when I have a break, in fact I am doing that right now.

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  2. I like to write or read in various places. A cosy cafe, the pc-room at the university campus, my bedroom where I have a good view from the window. I rarely write in my office, but I did today.

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  3. Nice question, got me thinking about how place affects writing. I write everywhere. I always have a pen and a square of A4 or A3 paper folded up in my back pocket. I do a lot of work on my phone- I like the slow process, I’m slow on a phone… each morning first thing I use my laptop, but for those really intense ideas that grab you by the throat, I need my desk and plain paper. Thanks for the space to share.

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  4. Most of the time at my dining table. It is the most comfortable spot for me. I’ve tried other places, like coffee shops and the library – but I tend to get distracted. People watching.

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  5. I only change locations when I’m having trouble thinking of something to write. Often though I prefer to be in the same place every time I write in one of my books so that if I need to remember something I’ll be more likely to do so. I tend to sit at my little corner desk with my legs up on the windowsill when I write.

    It’s a beautiful day here too though. Would like to do some writing outside.

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  6. I do a lot of my writing in my recliner as the position and heat in the back of it help my back. But I often go to a place like Panera Bread where I can sip coffee and watch people to inspire me. The bookstore coffee shop is also a good spot. I love finding new spots but they are few and far between and not close enough for me since I drive very little.

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  7. I used to write by hand at the dining room table at 4 am. Now I write by hand anywhere I have a notepad. I’m like you in that I prefer to handwrite. Edits are done on the computer.
    Great post – I’m always interested in where people write!

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  8. Dreamer9177

    I write on my laptop when the thoughts come pouring into my head. The location never seems to matter much to me. I find myself writing when I have insomnia and cannot find a way to relax, I write when something important happens. I write more than most people know, but I am very discerning about what I actually publish.

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  9. For general sitting down and writing, I write at my desk because I don’t like having to bring a laptop around. However, when I’m traveling, I will bring a notebook and a few pens or pencils so if I think of anything, I can write down my inspired thoughts. I just don’t think of going somewhere with the intent to write.

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  10. I am a funny writer. I write in my mind when I am out walking in nature, and sometimes I write in my dreams too, and I can remember what I was writing later on and get it down.

    I have a funny story to tell about creative writing, and perhaps it applies to many of us regarding our belief systems about what constitutes creativity in writing.

    Years ago in San Pedro, CA, I taught an evening creative writing class for the City Parks and Recreation. First it taught me a lot about what people consider creative writing, and I am NOT a fiction writer, but I have written poetry at times and had some of it published, as well as a number of nonfiction articles and a couple of books.

    The first night, the students sat waiting for something extra-ordinary to come forth from their teacher, and instead, I had them write about the common lead pencil. I could see them all fidgeting and being frustrated that I would not give them something creative in a class such as this. This was going to be a dull class, and likely few of them would return.

    After a few minutes of silence, I started to read them something about the life of a mere pencil, and suddenly they were all listening carefully. I went through each part of the pencil and what is involved in its manufacture, and how many people and processes it takes to make everything involved in the creation of the materials in pencils. I let the students know how when we purchase a .05 cent pencil. how many people from different parts of the world we are employing and how complex each aspect of the manufacture is. This was an intentional way of having them look at the element of creativity, because in reality, creativity is what you make it to be. Some of my favorite writers are not fiction writers, but they can write creatively to the point where you read a piece from start to finish because it is so fascinating, even if it is a topic that you were never interested in. John McPhee is such a writer.

    So when you think of creative writing, it doesn’t have to be something that is exotic and has to be fiction. And it doesn’t matter where you choose to write – alone or surrounded by others. It is what comes out of your mind and soul, and it can be the most mundane of things that you can turn into magic for the readers. If it feels like magic in your discovery of something you write about, likely it will appeal to your writers too.

    Thank you so much, Charles. Great post!

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  11. I tend to write wherever and whenever the muse strikes…at least in regard to my blog posts. My books are usually handled on my table, which is set up in the sunroom. I use that as my office. It has views of green fields, flowers, and trees, lots of sunshine and lots of quiet. When the weather is good I open the windows, and when it’s bad, I still have nature through the closed windows.

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