So we’re back on the blog chain! On the last chain, I asked everyone where they got their inspiration from, and this time, Bonny wants to know where that inspiration is turned into actual words:
Is there a place you like to write that’s extra special? Have you carved out a writing niche? Is there a certain time of day (or night) when the words fall into place, and your brain is focused on nothing but writing?
I’m not too picky about where I write, but it’s got to be free of distractions. In the post before mine, the magnificent Michelle showed us pictures of her desk and it was awesome to behold. But I could never get any work done there. I need a clean space with nothing on it but my computer. No books, no pictures, no nothing. And I even have a special netbook that I use for writing. It doesn’t have any games on it or anything. Just Word and iTunes.
I prefer to work outside. There’s something about the fresh air that helps me. But during the summer in Florida it gets to be about a billion degrees. Even with a fan blowing right on me, I start sweating up a storm and soaking my computer. So during the summer, I work inside. I actually wrote the entire first draft of Deathday on a folding table on my patio.
Like Michelle, I used to be a night person, but now I’m a morning guy. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning (aside from guzzling coffee) is write. It’s when my mind is most uncluttered. I haven’t read emails or taken any phone calls. It’s just me and my strange thoughts.
So what about you? Where do you do your best work? Check out the awesome Michelle who answered before this (and if you haven’t seen them yet, check out the pictures of her cute-as-buttons children pretending to be dead with my book), and then tomorrow, head on over to Abby’s blog and see where her brilliance comes from 🙂