Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Every Writer Needs a Quiet Place or Maybe Two

When you picture a writer at work you often think of someone crouched over a computer, pounding away at the keyboard. They may be working by a window, hiding in a basement, or lounging on a boat. But it is their private writing place where the mind is free to create.

My den is in the lower level, and relatively quiet except at the cat’s feeding time. I used to write with music playing in the background, usually something that related to the sort of story I was working on. I seem to have gotten away from the habit of music and settled on quiet. Whatever works best for you is the way to go.

The second part of my writing world is where the ideas and the little details often come from. I like to take a walk before breakfast. Strolling through familiar surroundings I can work out scenes, dialogue, and how to solve up-coming problems, like how to save the hero/heroine from certain death, or get them into the peril in the first place.

I’m a pantser. I often start a story with little more than the beginning, or the ending, and maybe a character, but often nothing in between. Those morning walks are my other quiet place, where inspiration strikes.

What works best for me, when doing the actual creating and writing, is having as few interruptions as possible. I’ve tried writing in the garden, on the boat, and in a curling rink. Nothing else works as well as my two quiet places above, my cluttered den, and my morning walk.

Find your quiet place and get down to writing!


The Dark Lady Trilogy (Volume 1,2,3)
The Queen’s Pawn (Volume 1) (volume 2 &3, The Queen’s Man, due in 2016, The Queen’s Game ?)
The Housetrap Chronicles (Volumes 1 to 7)
Alex in Wanderland,
Knight’s Bridge
We’re Not in Kansas (due in March 2016)

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