Thursday, September 16, 2010

Where do you...


This is a form of my "How do you..." post but I wanted to make sure the title worked with what I was asking and this week I'm asking "where do you write?"

I write in three different places depending on what part of the process I'm in and what I'm writing.

1) Home- Most of the time, I write at home in my dining room on my laptop. I like my dining room because there is nothing it but huge windows and a large dining room table. It was made as a "Florida room" or "sun room" and it is perfect for no distractions. I usually write in there when I'm in the drafting stage, writing for the fun of it and when I'm not writing a particularly rough scene.

My REAL living room

Must haves:
  • My laptop
  • A pair of comfy pants
  • A tall glass of something (usually water)
  • Teddy grams
  • It's usually pretty quiet in my house
  • I don't have to wear earphones
  • My hair can be a mess
  • My outfit can be a mess
  • I can get whatever I need to eat or drink
  • I don't have to deal with the bathroom conundrum (will explain in next place to write)
  • Cats demand my attention
  • I feel too free to get up and do anything else besides write
  • I get bored with the setting
  • Lots of distractions-- t.v., cleaning, INTERNET
2) The bookstore- Six months ago when I lived in Tampa, I lived at the Borders on Dale Mabry. It had an awesome cafe and bookside, plenty of plugs and a wonderful staff. Nowadays, I go to the local Books-A-Million which I don't like as much because I used to work there. I like the bookstore because of the atmosphere and the amazing smell of coffee in the cafe. I run for shelter to the bookstore when I have to get some serious writing done OR I'm writing a really difficult scene.
Must haves:
  • Laptop
  • Caramel Frappe (or whatever the store I'm at calls them)
  • A YA book I get to buy if I read my goal
  • Headphones
  • My cute little laptop bag
  • No distractions- when I go to the bookstore, my mind knows that I went there to write
  • A new book as a reward
  • The constant flow of people for a scenery change
  • The smell of coffee
  • No cats
  • The bathroom conundrum- If I have to go do I leave my laptop there and risk losing my laptop or do I take my laptop with me and risk losing my spot?
  • I know most of the employees and they like to talk
  • I don't have all the comforts of home
  • I have to get all dressed and then sit in uncomfortable jeans
  • I might forget something important like headphones
3) My computer desk- I have a desktop that I use to write short things (like this blog). I love my desktop because it is surrounded by my books in my "library" and has all of my files on back up. I usually like to be at my desk when I'm doing final edits because it has internet. My house isn't wireless so I have to plug in my laptop here which is a pain.

Must haves:
My computer room (I'm on right)
  • A drink
  • Comfy pants
  • My reading glasses
  • Sheer determination
  • Has internet for emailing finished drafts
  • Keeps me in one place
  • Hooked up to the printer
  • Has ALL my music plus Pandora
  • Has internet for browsing and checking blog
  • I'm stuck here and can't move
  • Cats
  • My husband's desk is next to mine and he likes to watch web videos LOUD
Well, there's my list in a nutshell. Depending on what I'm doing, I'm in one of three places for about two hours a day plugging away at a word count. How about you? Where do you write?


  1. Oddly enough, I seem to write most while I'm sitting in bed. If I sit at a desk I lose focus and become uncomfortable. But in bed, it's just right.

  2. Amber, this is such a wonderful post. And your house is beautifully decorated, bright, open, comfortable and full of personality. I love it!

    Thanks for sharing this post!



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