Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Where I Write {SOL 6-16-15}

Now that summer is here, I have time to nurture my creative side which means LOTS of reading and writing.

The reading part I've got down pat.  My TBR pile seems to be growing taller instead of shorter.

The writing part, however, has been a little difficult for me.  Inspiration has been eluding me, despite my best efforts to make it show up for our writing dates.

In the past, I have usually done all of my writing in my office upstairs in my house.  It is a beautiful room (it used to be my sewing room) that my husband repainted my favorite color.  It has a large window and two skylights so there is lots of natural lighting.
I love this room and spend a lot of time in it.  But I thought...maybe I need to try writing in some new and different places to get my writing spark back.

Yesterday, I went into a neighboring town to the Coffee House to try writing.  I loved it here and did do a little writing.  But mostly, I sat and took in what was going on around me -- people working on their laptops, a group of women discussing a book at the back of the room, a toddling boy's relentless attempts to break free of his parents' watchful eye.  This is a place I will definitely return to for more writing.
This morning, I wrote my morning pages on our front porch, another place where I have never written before.  While I sat and wrote, birds bickered with each other over the bird feeder that hung near the crab apple tree off the corner of the deck.  To my surprise, two Red Headed Woodpeckers even came over for a morning treat.  
So I have decided that one of my summer goals is to write in as many different places as I can -- at the beach, in a park, at the farmer's market, in a library.  I will try to snap a picture of each place I write to keep a photo journal of my writing journey.  If nothing else, maybe the change of scenery will help get my writing spark back.

Where do you write?  Please snap a picture and post it to Twitter using the hashtag #iwritehere.  Many people have already shared their favorite writing places (including some authors you may love) and there is much inspiration to be found.

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12 comments:

  1. Coffee shops are so good for inspiration and writing aren't they? Even if you don't do a lot of writing you will certainly come home with heaps of ideas. Looking forward to checking out where all the wonderful writing is coming from. Great idea. :)

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  2. I like this idea of writing in new places. I will be traveling the next few days and plan to try writing in new places. Thanks for the inspiration. Your #iwritehere was lighting up my phone like crazy!

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  3. Experimenting with places to get inspired. Neat idea. You won't believe, but I have never written in a cafe. I write at home and school mostly. Should expand my territory.

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  4. Now that I have time, I think I'll try "staying" at the coffee shop to do some writing. One of my colleagues says he loves doing that, and now you've inspired me too. Your porch looks very inviting, Jennifer! See you soon!

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  5. Jennifer, I like the idea of exploring new writing places. My husband and I were just talking about what it would be like if I had a writing studio? Since there is no room in this house, it was fun to dream. For now, I will frequent my usual haunts and create new ones. I love your office. It seems so tranquil and NEAT (something I aspire to).

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  6. I love this idea! Your porch looks ideal! I'd like to try some outdoor writing this summer. You've inspired me :)

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  7. All of your writing spots look so lovely...so serene and productive.

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  8. All of your writing spots look so lovely...so serene and productive.

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  9. Wherever my laptop lands becomes a writing place. I'm not a writer for me, maybe I should try it some time.

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  10. Your writing spaces are beautiful! Your outdoors space reminds me of the space I have thanks to some new adirondack chairs in our backyard. I've yet to sit out there and write. (It's always too buggy or too muggy.) Your post is making me think I should by some kind of bug candle and get myself out there as soon as this humidity breaks.)

    Happy writing!

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  11. I always found great inspiration when I did a NYCWP writing marathon, in locations like a museum or the main branch of the NYPL library. Thanks for the reminder--I will have to take myself out on location this summer!

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  12. Having a good space to write is so important to me! Your spaces are perfect...each one offering something a bit different. Happy writing! I may have to write a post like this soon! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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