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.