A dedicated writing space. Most writers’ dream. Well, mine at least. I dream of having a quiet cottage by the sea with a desk facing the window. A mug of coffee by my WIP and a bookshelf (or ten) with all my favourite books on the art of writing. It wouldn’t hurt to have a money tree in the garden so I don’t have to have a day job.
But then, this is just a dream.
In reality, most of us have a lot of responsibilities. A day job to pay the bills, a husband, kids to take to soccer practice, a house to save from the kids and God only knows what else. In such a scenario, our writing space becomes our haven. A place to which we can retire, shut the real world out and concentrate on the lovely-jubbely world of our imaginations.
But trouble is that most of us don’t have the physical space to have a separate writing room or indeed, a desk. So where do we go?
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. The local library or bookshop: Let’s face it. We are surrounded by distractions. Internet, social media, TV, household responsibilities are all vying for our attention. In such a scenario, I find the peaceful environment of a bookshop very inspiring. I make it a point to go to the big Foyles in London at least once a week, plonk myself on a sofa in the children’s section, turn off my phone and write. Trust me, it works wonders.
2. A secluded corner in your office: We have a few comfy little bean bags lying around in my office. I like nothing better than settling down on one of these every lunch with my ipad and a mug of coffee.
3. The local coffee shop: JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter in a local coffee shop in Edinburgh. The story of its birth is as famous as the book itself. And why shouldn’t it be? You don’t have to make your own coffee and you can be around people. Coffee shops can work wonders on the imagination. I cannot tell you how many characters I have modelled based on people I observed from behind my coffee. And because I want to stay out of the courts, I won’t say any more because most of those characters are now Goblins or Vampires of sort. Shhhhh ..
4. In a writers group: In London, we began a writers group where a bunch of writers (of different genres) get together and spend a few hours writing. There is nothing like having a room full of people, scratching their heads and staring into space, to get you in the writing groove.
5. Your sofa, when everyone is asleep: Think about it. Your home: Quiet! Put the kids and the hubby to sleep or wake up before they do. Nothing like a quiet house and a pot of coffee ,bubbling away merrily, to get the creative wheels turning.
Food for Thought: What are the places where you write best? At a desk in the attic or hidden in a meeting room at work?