Your Writing Space

       A lot is made of where a writer writes and what it take, setting-
       wise, to get a writer in the proper head-space so that (s)he can
       work most effectively.
       However, where one writes should not necessarily be related to
       how one writes.  There is a certain belief among some writers that
       sitting in a wood-panelled room sucking fresh country air through
       a window overlooking open fields or majestic fjords is a sure-fire
       recipe for literary gold. However, this is not the case.
       You could be floating on a cloud nibbling grapes and still the
       words might not come to you. And because very few of us have
       access to a field or fjord, assuming that your writing space is more
       like a shoe trunk than a cabin, writers more or less have to make
       do with whatever cube we’re stuffed into.
       This fact has created a demand for writers’ retreats, which offer
       fantasy writing environments where scribes can hide away in he
       hopes of finding the muse. Although this environment may be fine
       for some, I don’t think its for me. This is not to discredit the whole
       concept because being in a beautiful setting rife with natural
       stimuli and NOT writing actually sounds like a sweet deal. 
       However, I believe that a writer should be able to write while
       settled in a cold ditch with a rock for a desk if (s)he has to. Besides,
       many writers can’t write anyway when they are forced into
       literary idyll.  They may feel too pressured to write, and to write
       well. I can’t imagine what would happen to my self-esteem as a
       writer if after spending two weeks in the wilderness I had not
       much to show for it.
       So, pick and choose your places to write carefully. But make
       them comfortable and routine. Because that is what will get the
       writing done over the long haul.
       ~ Irene


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