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Where do you write?

I think I just did a post about this recently, but here’s my contribution for Writing 101 for today. It wants to know the ins and outs of where you write…

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WHERE I write depends very much on WHAT I’m writing.

For intimate things like notes, get well, and birthday cards or handwritten letters (yes, I do actually still write letters in long hand!) I am usually at my desk in my “morning room/library” as I’ve come to call it. I redecorated Bran’s room when he moved and turned it into a place of my own to read and write. I have all kind of colored pens and stickers. My friend Serge from Canada actually sent me an honest to goodness goose quill pen that I find fascinating. And it spawned the name of one of my characters in a kids’ story that I’m fooling around with, Calamus Quill, a well-educated gander. ๐Ÿ˜€

Then when I seriously started working on the manuscript for Glencara’s Bane, I found there wasn’t enough air in there for me to be creative. I also found I couldn’t do that much writing in long hand. That’s when I got acquainted with his lordship’s laptop. So I bought a little Tablemate table (like a glorified TV tray) and moved to my comfy chair in the living room. I can see everywhere in the upstairs from here (where I am now) and I can breathe much more deeply. I also do my daily journal (The Journey Matters) (in long hand) on top the laptop.

I also have kept a Saturday Morning Kitchen Khronicle journal for the last 14 or so years. I catch it up on Saturday mornings at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and something sweet. That journal is about my family in general. I do go to some trouble with that one. I include lots of colored pictures.

The other thing I write consistently (though it’s actually been a while now) is my journal. I will write in that anywhere, including Starbucks, the car, the library, etc. I also keep stickers around for that to help me remember where special “revelations” are. But I only use fine-point pens for writing. And no fancy journals. I use a top-bound spiral notebook.

When in the morning room where I just take my time writing, I love to have a candle lit and music on. Not when I’m out here. Here, I’m much more task oriented. And I find listening to music actually distracts me as does having people around, which is the biggest drawback to writing out here.

The OTHER thing we are supposed to do is add a poll to this post to collect ideas for a future blog post. Unfortunately I’ve tried three times to add it and it says an error has occurred. Anyone know how to deal with that by any chance? I know it works on here because I’ve used them before.

At any rate, if the poll won’t work, W101 suggests you resort to a contact form. So let’s try that! If you have something you think would make a good blog post for me to fiddle around with, feel free to send me a note!

So that’s it for today. I’m in the middle of doing laundry and packing to get ready to leave for Maryland. Lord only knows how I’ll keep up with this on a tablet! LOL

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Writing 101 Day 6

The space to write

Where do you write? Do you prefer blogging on your laptop in a coffee shop? Are you productive in a quiet room, door closed, away from civilization? Today, describe the space where you write. Or, if you don’t have a dedicated place, what is your ideal setting? Consider these questions to shape your post:

  • What are your writing habits?
  • What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
  • What do you need and want in a physical space?

In the course, we’ll occasionally ask you to do a task in preparation for a future post. Today, insert a poll at the end of this post to gather ideas on what to write. (If you prefer not to add a poll to today’s post, an alternative is publishing a new page with a contact form, which you can use for this purpose.)

Over the next few weeks, collect post ideas from your readers and drop them in Simplenote,ย if you’d like. You’ll refer to this well of ideas later in the course.