Joe’s Post #22 — So is where you write important at all? Do you have a room set up? A desk? A dungeon?
Do you love to write in a coffee shop? While traveling? In a coffee shop in a dungeon while traveling?
Much to my surprise, I found that if I have a space set up at home, a place far away from distractions like TV or cleaning or TV or gaming or TV or reading, I can get quite a lot of writing done. So, for me, yes, a dedicated space certainly helps. At least for my novels.
But interestingly enough, word-wise, when I’m on vacation, I write up a storm. Last year, in Vegas, in two weeks, I rewrote 500 pages and posted 3 blogs a day. That’s pretty serious writing. It helped that I had a dedicated space in Vegas, but the truth is, I think the farther away I am from my life and distractions, the more writing I get done.
At home, even with a dedicated space, I find it way too easy to get pulled away from writing. Unlike when I’m traveling, I have to cook for myself. Shop. Take the dog for a walk. Make my bed. Vacuum. Stare at a stack of boxes I’ve yet to unpack.
But it’s more than that. When I’m away from home, it’s like I become a different Joe. Not assless-chaps-and-a-Harley-Joe, but writing can fill my life more completely. It’s easy and so much fun to blog about all the new experiences or new adventures I’m having. (I mean, hey, what would you rather read about, an encounter with a serial killer or how I cleaned the lint out of the dryer?)
And novel-wise, I found it so exciting to be visiting the place where my story was set. As many of you have probably found out, when you’re traveling, your senses are on high alert so if you ever need inspiration, all you need to do is walk out the door and look around. Feel how hot a stone can get in 120 degree heat. Smell the salty decay of the Salton Sea. Hear how thunder booms in a valley.
It’s not that you can’t find those experiences closer to home but, at least for me, a change of scenery inspires me to write like a mad man, like there was no such thing as writer’s block, like I was possessed by the spirit of Stephen King.
In the end, away from home, at home, in a fine restaurant in Lyon or a desk in the attic, on a beach on Maui or in front of the TV, what matters is that you find a way to write.
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Things I learned – if you go looking for dungeon pictures you find some pretty disturbing stuff.
Times I thought my last novel was awesome: 22
Times I thought my last novel was crap, complete and utter crap: 21