Came across an article called; Creating a Writing Environment and started to think about my own writing environment. The quote below, from the same site, implies variety:
Ask 100 writers what the perfect writing environment would look like, and you’d no doubt get 100 vastly different answers. However all the responses would have one thing in common – a secure place which has the ability to inspire the shyest muse.
Environments range wildly from the ultra-quiet all the way up to the loud and obnoxious. Some prefer the great outdoors, some the indoors. Some will stand-up, while others prefer to sit. There is no right or wrong way it seems.
The tools are equally as varied. I’ve used laptops, desktops, tablets, smart phones, pencil and paper and even restaurant napkins from time-to-time.
How you write might define where you write as well. I would love to say I write in my Moleskine, but they are much too expensive for that, I make too many mistakes and revisions. So the Moleskine is reserved for taking everyday notes. With a notepad, you can literally write anywhere, no power required.
My ideal writing environment would be to sit in Starbucks, with an Americano (that never needs refilling), light chatter around me and my trusty MacBook Air.
Since that rarely happens, my second favourite way to write is while sitting in Starbucks, just before heading to the office, with an Americano (that never needs refilling), light chatter around me and my trusty iPad.
But since that rarely happens, I’m left with this…
I’ll sit at the kitchen table, on one of the couches scattered around the house and once, while I hate to admit it, on the toilet. That might have been one of my best efforts… or maybe not. My regular writing environment is wherever I happen to be. Inspiration can strike at any time.
So when I look around and see all these beautiful writing environments that many people have setup in their homes I’m a bit envious, not because I can’t have one, but because I can’t stay in one place long enough to enjoy one. I’m a restless writer, maybe OCD. Moving from one location to another while writing, sometimes from one side of the couch to the other.
I do have limits though. I can’t write while eating and save sleeping for new ideas.
The answer to Where I Write, is anywhere.