Saturday, December 3, 2011

Blog Chain: Where The Magic (Writing) Happens

For this round of ye olde Blog Chain, Tere asks us to spill on the following topic:

What conditions do you need to get your best writing done? Closed door, crowded coffee house? Computer or notebook? Can you just sit down to write, or do you need to wait for the time to be right?

Closed door vs. Crowded coffeehouse 
Closed door. With headphones. There's something about staring at a wall while listening to a playlist that shifts between pop and metal, you know? Plus, coffeehouses have pretty people in them. And I am easily distracted by The Pretty. 

Sit down to write vs. Wait
Definitely wait. It's impossible for me to just push the words out when I'm not feeling it. That usually ends up in one of two Very Bad Things: 1) I either count how many times the cursor blinks; 2) or write a bunch of words that suck. Epically. The kind you're embarrassed to share with three-month-old babies.

I've tried to change my writing style often, but nope. Doesn't work. Even my muse is stubborn :)

Make sure you go check out Abby's post, and stay tuned for Sandra's post tomorrow!


  1. I can usually write just about anywhere, but if there's noise it needs to be from a distant source. So, if there's music, it can't be playing from my computer or headphones. And if there are people talking, they can't be people I know or I'll get distracted.
    I can just sit down and write, but it usually sucks for the first ten minutes. Then, I'm all warm up and things start clicking beter.

  2. What a fun blogfest! I so do not try and force words out too - I need to be in a good mood to be inspired and then to write! Take care x

  3. Pretty people drink coffee? Who knew?

  4. Yes, the Pretty is distracting! And so many interesting people come into the coffeehouse. It's a good place to develop a character, but I wouldn't want to write there.

  5. LOL, I'm easily distracted by people in general, so coffee houses are a bad place for me to be productive!

  6. Sometimes an awesome playlist is just what I need when writing too!

  7. I tried the coffeehouse route, but got distracted by people. I get some of my best ideas around 2 or 3 a.m. I keep a notebook on my nightstand to jot them down.