Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Where do you write?

Many years ago, my mom took my sisters and I to see Louisa May Alcott's house.  I was amazed when the tour guide pointed out the exact spot where she wrote Little Women.  I couldn't believe I got to see the place where my favorite book in the world was written. 

I'm not sure if this is true for everyone, but I've never been able to just write anywhere.  I do my best work when I'm set up in the places I'm most comfortable.  For me, that is one of two places.

The more comfortable of the two places I like to write is on my couch. 

I like getting to stretch out on the couch and have full access to the TV for background noise.  In fact, this is the spot where I finished my novel. 

But I'll be honest, I don't get as much writing done when I'm sitting there.  I get too distracted by the TV or start to doze off.  I need a little bit of a straighter chair to stay focus.

So most of my writing is done at the desk in our dining room.  This is the desk I had in my bedroom growing up, and now it is the desk that houses our family computer. 

While I'm working, I'll either set up the I Pad to watch old episodes of Gilmore Girls or listen to Pandora. 

Even though I hand write everything first, it's also nice to be right in front of the computer so I don't have to move to transcribe.  Ideally, I'd love to have my own office space to write, but that's not an option right now.  So until then I'll claim this spot whenever someone else in my house isn't using it.

What about you?  Is there a special place you get your best writing done, or can you write anywhere?


  1. Like you, at my desk, on my computer, is where I "blog." Located in the kitchen/dining area, not exactly private, but it works for me.
    Writing in my "gratitude journal" is done daily, after dinner, up on my bed. (So pleased that our trip to Concord was so meaningful for you, all those years ago.)

  2. I have to be at a desk to write. And I am so used to typing on the computer for work that I don't know if I would be able to write in a notebook anymore! I also find it easiest to write while listening to music - usually classical music, which is something I don't think most people know about me.

    1. It's definitely strange to write in a notebook, but there's just something so much more personal about it that I loved!