Writing 101: A space to write

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There is only one place to write and that is alone at a typewriter. The writer who has to go into the streets is a writer who does not know the streets. . . . when you leave your typewriter you leave your machine gun and the rats come pouring through.

— Charles Bukowski, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Where do I write?  At this moment awhile I am writing this post, am at home, in part of the living room where my desk top sits on a desk. There a window looking toward the front right corner of my house. To my right side lays one of my three dogs asleep.  My room is right behind me which is where I would like to be at, but since it a small room there limited space to add a desk and chair.  I do draw in my room, but am sitting on the floor when am doing that. Same thing when I am working on what photos to put on my photo blog.  When am writing, it already late into the evening, nice and quiet with the exception of the TV and the sound of keyboard as I type.

When am writing I am just typing everything into the WordPress.  Probably not the best way to do things. I’ve attempted to write my thoughts down in a notebook first, but when am done writing and re-reading what I’ve wrote, I’ve forgotten to mention something or would like to add something, maybe some details. Anyone have this issue when writing in their journals? Something that I fear about writing my thought down in a notebook is someone walking into my room and asking me what am doing when they see I have a pen and a notebook with handwriting in it. In my house people are nosy, so probably why I like to do a lot of things at night when people are asleep.

I should probably go to a Starbucks to do my writing, but then it might be to crowded and noising to think and write.  Going to the library would be to quiet for me and I do need a little bit of noise. I hope one day to keep a written journal, just to have something that is not digital, but in my own hand writing.

Where do you write? Do you prefer blogging on your laptop in a coffee shop? Are you productive in a quiet room, door closed, away from civilization? Today, describe the space where you write. Or, if you don’t have a dedicated place, what is your ideal setting? Consider these questions to shape your post:

  • What are your writing habits?
  • What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
  • What do you need and want in a physical space?

4 thoughts on “Writing 101: A space to write

  1. Hello, Thanks for a wonderful post. I understand where you are coming from when you say you have issues writing in a journal. When I start writing in journals, my mind starts working faster than my pen on paper. I get confused what to write and what not to write. I asked one of my writer friends about it and he said juts keep on writing, don’t worry about what you have missed. Read afterwards and add if you want to. Use quick notes if required. Also, I take long breaths before I start writing in my journal, this helps me focus on my thoughts.
    Hope this helps you as well.



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