Where I Write


I’ve been thinking about my writing process lately,
and how I need to be in different spaces/places
at different points in a project.

A while back,  wrote about walking on the beach
and how that inspires her writing.
I commented that I was currently working in a closed room, 
back to the window, 
facing my whiteboard,
earplugs inserted.

It felt a bit pathetic to admit that,
but it was what I needed at that point in my BIRD BRAIN revisions.

No distractions.
Just me inside my head,

But for the past week, I’ve been sitting in my chair in front of the
sliding glass door, watching as 
birds fly past,
land on the wires,
or hop about the plum tree branches. 

Eurasian Collared Doves                                                                                         © Tracy Abell 2010

I’m still doing BIRD BRAIN revisions
but maybe it’s because I’m so much closer to being done
that I need the visual inspiration that got me started on this project.

I need birds.
A couple weeks ago, I did not.
And I’m not sure why.

Do you have different work spaces for each stage of your projects?

10 thoughts on “Where I Write

  1. Hm, good question. But I think it’s true — there are times when I need to be in a different physical space to think more clearly. For me, it’s B&N. I can’t always work there, but sometimes, it’s the only place (the warmth, the hot chocolate, the noise and bustle around me) where my thoughts really start clicking along. Interesting 🙂


    • I’ve done some writing in public places but don’t do it as much these days. I’m too easily distracted (squirrel!), but understand how some writers relax into the work when around a little bustle.


  2. Okay, I’ll write with you today!

    Just kidding, you know I’ll write with you any day, but this does sound more fun to me than the closet. But absolutely, different places work at different times, and if its lead-lined rooms I say go for it.

    Today I’m watching lots and lots of yellow leaves fall. I think it’s that kind of quiet acitivty that helps keep me at my best. And why I’ll be glad to fill the bird feeders soon.


    • You’re definitely a yellow-leaf-falling kind of writer. That quiet, poetic beauty. I love that kind of setting, too, at certain points in my projects. Other days, it’s the lead-lined room.


  3. I can´t have any distraction in some periods so if my husband is in the computer room I will go to the living room, shut down music and tv and write when the kids are sleeping.
    Other times I can write in the computer room next to the laundry room with all the noise and I am totally focus and can write in the day.
    What I never tried is to write outside in the balcony or in a cafeteria. Maybe when my baby starts to go to school I will try.
    I hope Bird Brain revisions are going well! Have a nice day!


    • It’s funny how we need different settings at different points in our process. I don’t think I could write out on the balcony, either. I’d be too interested in people-watching to work on my project.

      I hope your writing is going well, also.


  4. Most of the time it’s my desk in the corner (a very peaceful, Zen sort of corner). But when I need to read a draft and edit on paper, I pick a different corner entirely — and if the house is quiet, a whole different room! I think it’s a way of puttingon my reader/editor hat.


    • Hey, Amy! What a beautiful photo!

      You and Karen (comment above) seem to love those corners. And then on to another room, if circumstances allow. We writers are a very adaptable bunch.


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