Monday, September 21, 2015

it writes itself

I heard a writer today, talking about how his various novels demanded to be written at different times of day. Some - which he described as awakening from dreaming novels - needed to be written in the mornings; another - which he referred to as a going into a dream novel - had to be written late at night.

Because my writing is primarily done to deadline, the time of day is not so much a factor. Lately, however, the place where I write has become important. 

I recently finished purging and reorganizing my office, turning it from a cramped and overflowing room that tried to be both an office and a spare bedroom - and succeeded at being neither - into a semi-minimalist office that works. There is now a sensible place for everything and everything is in its place. At least for now. 

But sometimes, the words just will not gel. Even worse, they will morph into corporate-speak. And then I have no choice but to pack up the laptop and move to the dining room. 

You gotta shake things up sometimes to keep them from getting stale. 

Where do you write? Does it make a difference?


John Mutford said...

It's not where you write, it's what you wear when you type.

Sounds advicey, doesn't it?

No idea if it will work though. I think, largely it all depends on the writer and the writer's mood at the time. Some of it is all placebo I suppose, but if the headache's gone with a sugarpill, the headache's gone-- so who cares?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's what I need, John, a writing pill! Also some plaid jammies, because I hear those really work.

Erik Donald France said...

This is all good food for thought.

As for what to wear, I think of old school writers who dressed formally before sitting down to work-write. Kind of a neat idea.

Place: personally, I like any surface that has a desk like quality. A little bit of room to spread out. This can be in a private or public space.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Writing in public is a real art, Erik. I used to be better at it, but I find it increasingly harder to filter out distractions. I can't even listen to music anymore when I am concentrating on a piece. So kudos to you for keeping up the practice of public writing!

Erik Donald France said...

In between more formal acts of writing, I scribble notes (anywhere) in "scout books," tiny notebooks that I carry everywhere. These are filtered and parts copies into another notebook, parts used for finished pieces, and the rest discarded.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I always keep a little notebook with me, too, Erik, perfect for jotting down random thoughts that I generally scratch my head at later, wondering what on earth I meant.