Writers Like To Write In Unusual Places
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
My wife has been getting on to me lately for bringing my work into the bedroom. It's not an every night sort of thing, but at least a few nights a week I am turning my laptop on, propping a few pillows up against the headboard, and typing away on whatever writing project I can't wait to work on next.
For me, it's perfect because the house is quiet and, well, sitting up in bed while typing – though quirky – helps me relax and get in the zone.
For my beautiful wife, the whole thing is aggravating.
I honestly can't blame her. Having to listen to the tap, tap, tap on the keyboard when you're trying to sleep is super annoying. Not to mention, I spent a decent amount of money a few years back buying new furniture for my nice, comfortable office downstairs. My wife even prettied up the space to make it more inviting rather than looking like some boring hole I crawl into to write my next masterpiece.
That's just it, though. I'm a writer, and writers need a change of scenery every now and again to overcome fatigue, gain a fresh perspective, and keep those creative juices flowing. We are also better served when we take advantage of certain times of the day to write. For some, that time is early in the morning. For others, it's in the middle of the day or late at night when there are fewer distractions.
Depending on what mood I'm in, I've taken advantage of all those options. Furthermore, while I do use my office a lot, I like to think I have many offices at my disposal.
Some of my favorites include:
* Coffee shops
* The library
* Our backyard
* Our bedroom
* A waiting room somewhere
* Our living room
* A local fast food joint
* My car (yes, my car)
I'm sure there are more places that I'm simply not thinking of right now, but you get the point. It sure beats sitting at the same desk every day staring out the same window searching for inspiration. And it's not like I'm the only writer who seeks out different sanctuaries for creative comfort.
I am no Sir Walter Scott or Maya Angelou, but I prefer unusual writing settings, too. Unfortunately for me, the bedroom may be off limits. Speaking of which, I'd better finish up this blog post before my wife wakes up. I love you, honey.
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