Monday, March 19, 2012

Special Writing Place

I've been busy planning out my A-Z Blogging posts so I can have most of them scheduled beforehand and that's been taking up some of my time.  So far I have 5 of 26 posts done and scheduled.  I have to keep plugging away!

But in more important news - I learned something important about myself and writing today.  The importance of having a writing spot.  I've been struggling with getting writing done for a while now.  Whether I'm sitting at my desk, sitting on my bed, or lounging in the living room - I couldn't get any writing done.  My roommate was being extremely annoying today - so I decided to take my laptop and head to the local coffee shop downtown to try and get some writing done.  I picked a secluded booth, purchased an iced vanilla latte, and stuck in some headphones.  I actually got 1,500 words written today!  That may not seem like a lot, but it helped me. :)  It was so very nice to get away from the distractions.  I will definitely head to the coffee shop to get my writing done now.  Having a place where I can write without distractions is really important.  I hope that you have a special writing spot too!

Here's a little snippet of what I wrote today on my WIP "Nameless" - my main character, Edom is describing the Guard (aka really terrible bad guys) when he sees them outside the capital:


Even in the heat of the fall day, the members of the Guard were dressed in black robes, concealing their black tunics and blacker hearts.  One was standing at the main entrance to the capital.  Sunlight glinted off of the curved blade in his hand, clasped at his side.  That blade was used to kill innocent children.  It was rusted with the blood that was never cleansed from the metal.  The Guard didn’t wipe their blade after a kill, but left it as evidence that they had succeeded on taking another evil from the country.  The rustier the blade, the more power that member had among the others.  If they could see the man’s eyes, they would have seen the eyes that were as cold as a stone at the bottom of a frozen lake.  Eyes as cold as their hearts; Edom had seen them so many times and they haunted his dreams. 


Don't they just sound terrible?  So, do you have a special writing place?

11 comments:

  1. Those Guards sound about as warm and inviting as the coldest day in Antarctica. That's seriously cold.

    Glad you were able to find your special writing spot. That is always a good thing. Looks like yours really worked for you given the progress you made. I haven't found a special place outside of home so I just stick to my desk and enjoy the mess of books to read and notes to update around me :-)

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    1. That is seriously cold and describes them perfectly.

      I'm glad that you are able to work at your desk, I usually get too distracted. It's really nice to have a place just for writing. :)

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  2. I can't write on the bed or the couch, as that feels too much like relaxing. The kitchen table is the nearest I have to a desk, and it works pretty well for me. 1500 words is nothing to be sniffed at. That is a chilling description. I like the line: "left it as evidence that they had succeeded on taking another evil from the country." Wonder what it is that THEY regard as evil?

    I have worked in a coffee shop and the library before (writing I mean, not as an employee), but sadly my current laptop only has about half an hour of battery. It's good though. If you get stuck, you can tune into the conversations around you for inspiration.

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    1. The Guard pretty much regard these innocent children are evil... very wrong. The kitchen table sounds like a good writing place for you - I don't have a kitchen table, lol. Sad that your laptop battery doesn't last that long. I'm lucky that mine will last about 4 hours and the coffee shop has plug-ins everywhere. I do like a little eavesdropping too... :)

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  3. must have a writing spot for serious writing & editing! sometimes a quiet car, but waiting for a kid at practice is good or brainstorming, as well as reading =)

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    1. A quiet car sounds like a good place for brainstorming and reading! It's nice to have a spot for serious writing. :)

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  4. I find somewhere with background noise is important. If things are too quiet I can't concentrate!

    I must start my A-Z posts - it'd be nice to be organised for once!

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    1. Background noise is good. I used to need it to be quiet to write, but that doesn't work for me again. Good luck organizing your A-Z posts! :)

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  5. I tend to just blog in front of the TV with whatever the wife has on TV and have often thought I could really do with an office.
    I wish I was as organised as you for the A-Z challenge, it's a daunting undertaking.

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    1. That's a pretty good idea too! An office would be really nice. :)

      It is daunting, but I'm just scheduling a few posts at a time and it's really easy. You can do it!

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  6. Hmm, they don't sound like people I'd like to meet in a dark alley!

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