FMWriters is traveling the web via the Merry Go Round Blog Tour. Site members have grouped together to write monthly on themed topics and turn the blog tour concept on its head: we’re not the ones touring: you are, as you read one writer’s perspective after another. This is my contribution to the Merry Go Round Tour. Enjoy your ride. ~ Dawn
A location is a conduit to channeling my writing energies. While I can write nearly anywhere and anytime, there are places that are in synch with my creative energies, and if I’m in a writing jam of any kind, I hit these places to get things moving.
First and foremost is the library. There are two I visit, one in a neighboring town, and one in my residential city. The one in the neighboring town has more natural light, and is closer to the street so there’s a good amount of white noise. Books are displayed on round shelves along the outer window wall of this circular building. It could very well be the circle that helps the energy flow so well. I’m comfortable there, safe. The second library is closer to my home, but it tends to be busier, I can’t always get the table and/or lighting that I prefer. I still manage though, those are just my preferences.
What is this location in competition with? My home office (usually private, and with music), my dining room (while my kids are playing), my job’s cafeteria (though I have to be mindful of the time on this one – this is a very good thinking spot and my lunch breaks aren’t unending).
What works for me is that I need sound or activity of some level that can fade into the background. TV and radio are usually distractions unless I have serious headphones available – the gaming kind with sound blocking technology.
I’m the second of five children, so I can look at this sociologically and point to the constant activity and sound levels existing around me as I grew up. Psychologically, I could say I need that level of activity to feel comfortable slipping into play-mode. Either way, I’ve already planned that my “full time writing life” morning routine. It starts with dropping the kids off at school, hitting the gym, and then the library for new words. Home for lunch and whatever revisions I’m working on, maybe a little housework.
Wherever life takes me, I’ll always find a place to write. It’s a good feeling. What about you? Do you have a special place for your passions/hobbies?
Today’s post was inspired by Forward Motion’s Merry-Go-Round Mach topic ‘My Favorite Writing Place’. If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and read about their ideas, then check out the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour.