Where do you write?
I’ve posted before about my tiny writing office, which, I must confess, currently needs a major clean up. Today, though, I’d love to hear about where you write when you’re not in your usual space.
I am actually writing this post on my laptop while waiting in my van. In a few minutes, I’ll pop into school and take my son to his eye appointment. This morning I did some revision work in this same parking lot before doing some volunteer work on campus.
…and here comes the custodian. Hi, Miss Virginia!
For years, I kept a weekly writing date at Brownstone Café in Battle Creek, Michigan. I was so particular about writing on the left side of a specific couch that when I met a friend for coffee there over Thanksgiving break, a man jumped out of “my” spot and offered it to me!
I’ll write at the hairdresser. I’ve taken my laptop to piano lessons. During Hurricane Gustav, I wrote on battery power in the dark (it was a blizzard scene in MAY B., and I can never read that section without remembering the wind, rain, and damp, dark heat of a hurricane).
What odd spaces have you used for your writing?
I’ve done the regular places such as The Daily Brew coffee shop, my little desk in my house, I also like to go and write by the pool or down in the courtyard at my apartment.
I think soon I’ll be making a midnight adventure into the woods with my husband… scarier writing material if I can freak myself out, lol… my husband will come along for support!
Gemma Noon says
I don’t have a regular writing space as our home is too small and I have a small toddler. As such, my writing space is wherever and whenever I can balance my netbook for ten minutes around everything else I do.
One day I’d love to have an office as a regular writing space but, to be honest, I don’t know what I’d do with the luxury!
Shannon O'Donnell says
I once locked myself in the bathroom for half an hour, just to get some writing time alone. 🙂
Katie Ganshert says
Last SAturday I took my laptop with me to get my car’s oil changed. I sat on this little chair in this tiny waiting room off the garage and revised away. 🙂
Robert Kent, of Robertkent.net fame says
I write just about anywhere, but every day I spend at least 2 hours, usually more, in my beautiful home office that I am lucky enough to have. It has a comfy chair for reading and revisions, a nice big desk, book cases of old manuscripts and reference guides, and a home gym for long Saturday writing sessions so as I don’t get stiff. Yep. Life is pretty sweet.
Heidi Willis says
The battery on my laptop only lasts about 15 minutes now, so I’m limited by power outlets. 🙂
I love sitting in Panera’s and writing, especially if I can get a seat by the fire. I take my notebook in the car and write at the bus stop and school parking lots and at the swimming pool while my daughter has swim team practice.
It takes concentration for me, though, and time to settle into the writing, so usually I do my most productive writing in my basement.
I love to write lying on my bed or on the living room floor with my back to a roaring fire. Bliss! Of course, then the dog joins me and plops her head on the keyboard.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Robert, beats my micro office!
Heidi, I didn’t say how long I wrote in that storm (my battery doesn’t have much to it, either!).
Jemi Fraser says
I usually write on my bed or in a chair in the living room. Normally with a TV on and people coming and going 🙂
I might take notes in a notebook. But when I’m waiting in the car or traveling – I use that time to read. I am usually at my home computer to write or revise. My fingers just haven’t adjusted to a laptop’s flat keyboard. Does that change over time?
PJ Hoover says
I have a fun little 7×8 loft that didn’t used to exist. We used to have a two story entryway, but put in the loft and now it’s my office!
Jill Kemerer says
Are you a fellow Michigander?? Wonderful!
I keep a notebook in my awesome mini-fan, mom-mobile, to jot down ideas, but I write mostly at home. I’m currently set up at the bar (sadly, not the cocktail kind) in our kitchen to keep an eye on the new puppy. But I do have an upstairs office, too.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Jill, I’m no longer in Michigan, but make it up there to visit family.