I’m the type of person who has to have the perfect working conditions in order to write. I wish this were not so. I wish I could write anywhere, at any time, and under any conditions. I wish I could sit for five minutes at a bus stop and come up with something fabulous. This is simply impossible for me. I need long blocks of time to get in my characters’ heads, and I need quiet.
Some time ago, I realized I had to get away from a ringing phone, seeing dirty dishes in the sink, a barking dog, and a husband who still could not remember how to use the fax machine. In other words, I had to have my own writer’s paradise.
After coming to this realization, I started planning. What did I want? What could I afford? What could I envision using as a special place to plot? And that’s when it hit me. Whenever I’ve gone to conference or on vacation, I’ve done some excellent plotting in a hot tub. Relaxing in the warm, churning water with a glass of wine could unlock ideas, get the creative juices flowing, and had characters chattering like nothing else. Eureka! I got my answer and created a special place to write in my back yard.
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I must say, it works pretty well.
How about you? Do you have a special place to read or write?