Do you have a dedicated area in which to write? My dedicated area is the corner pocket of my sectional in the living room. It isn’t ideal. In fact, it’s a terrible place for writing. First, there are constant distractions, with spouse and children interrupting my train of thought right at the moment of … Oh, sorry. What was I saying? My 4-year-old had to tell me about the space alien in the front yard.
I believe I was looking for just the right word, which even now eludes me. I have no office or room in which to escape. My writing is done between laundry, dishes, errands, all those “Mom” moments when the children can’t find their shoes, a lost toy or their father.
This is why I have taken to running away from home. Yes, I escape when I can. I go down to a quiet spot near the river’s edge with my choice of personal defense weapons, lock my car doors, open my laptop and write. Sometimes, I head even further out town, find a quiet corner in a favorite haunt and do some character studies.In order to write, one must write, wherever, whenever and however. Mary Heaton Vorse said, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”
What’s your biggest challenge to getting your writing done? Do you have a favorite place to write? Please share…