Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Writing Environments are Key

With the recent blog I did on Deadly Vixens it got me to thinking of how the writing environment is so crucial to us. For each person there are little things that they need to write successfully. Some write better in natural light, others can write by a candlelight, still others require silence, myself - I prefer music in the background and the clutter of my life about me.

My office is by no way spotless. I have stacks of binders, folders, papers all about me. My printer is hidden by papers and notes. My computer desk has barely enough room for a cup of coffee. Not to mention the clutter of the floor but its got a comfort about it that I crave.

I don't write so well with pen and paper simply because it takes too long and my thoughts like to flow as fast as I can type. Still if I get an idea I generally go with it, be it writing on a scrap of paper or a binder, or even the back of a receipt.

Each person has a special way of doing things. We like to think that a writer's skills are nominal and that the life they lead is boring, and you starve. But it isn't. The fact is that for a writer being surrounded by their ideal environment is key. Even now I have my music playing softly, my son is still sleeping, and the window next to my desk is open a bit. Am I in my comfort zone? Yes, am I in a writing mood - you bet your boots I am. Will I finish the manuscript I've been struggling with - I believe I'll be finished the first draft today. Now, does that mean that all the things around me are key to my writing? Maybe. Maybe not, but at least I can say with complete honesty that the environment has played a key role in my success. So, find your niche, your nook or cranny and write away!