Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol’ pen and paper?
I moved out of my mother’s house when I was nineteen, and I moved into a lovely little terraced two-bedroom house by myself, where I lived for about four years. During my time in this house, I spent about 90% of it in the back bedroom (pictured right), which had nothing in it, except for my computer (on a hardwood floor, which when you’re using an office chair with wheels, is quite entertaining; nothing brings a smile to your face quite like when you’re trying to write and find yourself rolling slooooowly away from the desk). This was my sanctuary for the entire time I was there, until I met my now-husband and moved into a bigger house to better accommodate us as a pair.
We now live in a three-bedroom, semi-detached house. Within this house of wonder, we have one ‘communal’ bedroom, and a room each to do with as we see fit. My room has become my new sanctuary (pictured left), and I still do spend a hefty amount of my free time locked away in it.
I used to think that it wasn’t a big deal that I had my own room, but earlier this year, we had a guest staying with us a few months, and since my room is the one with the bed, it became the makeshift guest room. My computer was moved into my partner’s room so I could carry on working regardless, but man, it just didn’t feel the same. I can’t really explain it, just every time I sat there I just knew that it wasn’t my spot, not my place, it just felt wrong.
To what time of day, I’d have to say the later, the better. I’m not a morning person, never have been. For NaNoWriMo last year, I tried to wake myself up an hour and a half earlier than I was used to in order to assure the 1667 words for the daily count. Suffice to say, it didn’t go very well, what with me simply sitting at the computer with a freshly made coffee, grumbling incoherently until a more sociable hour. On the other hand, I can write into the wee hours without a second thought, the repercussions of which are only noticed the next day in the office when I’m basically a zombie.
Now, from whether I prefer computer or the old fashioned route, it’s a little from column A, a little from column B. When it comes to planning, I maintain there is nothing better than pen & paper, preferably A3 so you can really go all-out on thoughts and ideas and just plaster them all over the page. I prefer to write on paper. However, I suffer from an ailment that I like to call “Write So Damn Hard You Risk Breaking Fingers” Syndrome. Also, I type about five times faster than I write with pen & paper, so the ideas and concepts find themselves recorded to file much quicker than they would to the page.
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