Can One Write Anywhere at Any Time?

Write with the door closed, rewrite

Recently, a friend, who is not a writer, stated, “As long as you have a laptop, you can write anywhere.”  I raised my eyebrows, ready to retort, ARE YOU SERIOUS, but closed my agape mouth, assuming this is a common sentiment. Of course, one can write anywhere. We see people write in cafes, coffee shops, parks, and beaches every day. However, writing a novel requires full immersion with little or no distractions to craft a well-written story. Naturally, all writers have different degrees of concentration, but most prefer a quiet space without interference.

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EARLY RISER OR NIGHT OWL?

Related imageI’ve had an ongoing dialog with other authors about their writing habits, discovering two distinct creative types: EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS. But there’s a common theme in both groups, DISCIPLINE, and CONSISTENCY. Whether you write at the crack of dawn, or edge of midnight, most writer’s schedules are as routine as brushing their teeth.

I’m an early bird, rising at 4:00 a.m., sometimes earlier. Dawn’s magical aura inspires greater creativity. My mind is sharper after slumber’s miraculous realignment of prior day’s thoughts and insights. I write until the soft glow of morning fades, and words subside. After a creative bout, afternoons consist of research for my novel, editing, blogging, social media posting, responding to emails, and other daily chores. It’s impossible to write during the afternoon with life’s distractions. So, like my fitness workouts, writing is scheduled daily at the same time and place― in my writing cave.

THE WRITING CAVE

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Most writers have a perfect spot where they shut out the world as they create their own. Lighting, seating, sound, writing tools arranged neatly or cluttered to produce an ambiance conducive to creativity. Stephen King states in Memoir of the Craft “For any writer, but for the beginning writer in particular, it’s wise to eliminate every possible distraction.”

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From 4:00 a.m. until late morning, my door is always shut. Lately, I alternated between my window desk with city views, and cushy sofa in the corner with my constant, metallic companion on my lap with nothing but my thoughts, and dawn’s peace and quiet, until city din buzzes outside my high-rise apartment, and sounds of morning from neighbors and family invade my thoughts. I plug in my favorite music and continue to write until my mind says enough.

If you’ve ever wondered about your favorite author’s writing cave,  I’ve listed a few photos below taken from The Writing Cooperative’s  100+ Famous Authors and Their Favorite Writing Spots.

Stephen King

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Frederick Douglass

Daphne Du Maurier

James Baldwin

James Patterson

Albert Camus

Alfred Hitchcock

E. B. White

Edith Wharton

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

George Plimpton

Tennessee Williams

Find more Authors at the The Writing Cooperative.

 

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. mike2all says:

    Good post. I am a ‘beginning writer’ and have wriiten in most places. I also like the morning, before the rest of the day gets in the way. I use wordpress as my daily workout; it keeps the mind oiled and the skills alert.

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    1. Thanks, Mike! I’ve tried working in different places, but get too distracted if it’s busy. So, I’m usually in my writing cave. 🙂 WordPress is a great place to flex your mental muscles for sure. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

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  2. I want to stop writing al the time every were😭

    says the calluses on my thumb and middle finger.

    and it doesn’t help that Im old fashioned and I write in composition books….smh

    I’ve litterally got over a thousand filled composition books in plastic crates….

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    1. Hahaha! So you’re a seasoned writer I see. Calluses, wow! I’m a computer gal myself, but every now and then, I’ll pick up a notebook and write. There’s no wrong or right when it comes to the craft. I hope all those composition books filled with writing will be available to the public to read one day? Have a wonderful weekend!

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      1. lol!

        oh and I didn’t mention I have osteoarthritis…. lol

        but I do agree that there is no wrong or right way how or where you do ya thang.

        it’s like eating a Reeses. lol

        but maybe they will be available some day… when I’m like 92 years. lol

        you have a good one as well✌

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      2. Oh, no, you gotta make them available long before that. 🙂 No rush! Hmm… now I’m craving Reeses 🙂

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