What conditions do you need to get your best writing done? Closed door, crowded coffee house? Computer or notebook? Can you just sit down to write, or do you need to wait for the time to be right?
These are the questions on this week's blog chain, which comes from Tere Kirkland. How do you answer them? For me, I need quiet for my best writing. I prefer my office and my laptop with no other sounds. If there's a really intense scene I have to write, I sometimes use music but only instrumental. Movie scores are my fave... but often I use piano music as well.
My best time to write is early morning when the house is still asleep. I turn nothing on. Only me and my laptop with no email up or cell phone on. For some reason my brain just flows better and freer in the wee hours of morning. It's uninterrupted and I think that's the main benefit. However, since my day job is early morning five days of the week, I resort to mid-morning for writing, when kids are in school most days. It's great to have that time, don't get me wrong ... but there are so many distractions during the day, the flow is not as good.
Now, with all that being said, optimum writing conditions are--and have to remain--very flexible. Having a part time job, two kids, a dog and a house to maintain means time to write is pushed to the back burner on a regular basis. When this happens, I have to compromise or it just doesn't get done. Sometimes I use spiral notebooks and pen, or notecards, or make use of my non-writing time by reading how-to writing books or Popular Science magazines. If I'm not writing, I'm filling my brain with ideas.
Reading for entertainment is something I do at night before bed. It's my fave time to delve into a story, and in all honesty, it's rare when fiction grabs me so much I read at all hours of the day. Mostly, it's reserved for night time.
There, so that's way more info than you ever wanted to know about me, right? LOL
Remember, there are a couple blogfests coming up this week. On Dec. 15 is
This one should be fun... and simple. Just name the twelve things that you can't stand about the holidays. Yes, it's negative, I know. But everyone needs a good place to vent now and then... and let's face it, the holidays can be a royal pain in the neck. Click on the pic of Scrooge McDuck for blogfest HDQ and sign up for the fun!
And then the following day is
An even easier blogfest where you simply repost an old post you feel has merit and the world should see again. Click on the pic to head over to blogfest HDQ.
For more on writing conditions, be sure to check out Eric's blog, who posted yesterday, and Michelle McLean who posts tomorrow. Awesome peeps every blogger should know!!
Thanks so much for stopping by here! I love your visits and comments. Are you doing any of these blogfests? Why not?? Tell me about your optimum writing conditions. It's alway interesting to know how others work.