WHEN I started Blogtalk a little over a month ago, I thought it would be a great way to get to know other bloggers, share our mutual wisdom with one another, and increase our social networking presence, all at once. Well, it is accomplishing all these things and more. What I didn’t realize was how much fun it would be to read other blogs and then use those topics as writing prompts.
This morning, I read Sharon Lippincott’s short blog post about depending on her laptop to write. She wondered if she was addicted to a particular set of circumstances in order to write and, if true, that was a good thing or not. Which got me to thinking about writing habits in particular.
A good many people report that they do their best journaling and creative writing in public places, preferring to take their notebooks or laptops to coffeehouses and restaurants, where they can write while sipping their lattes. Personally, if I’m in a public place, I’m too busy people watching to write! Other people like to put on some music to bring their muse out of hiding. For me, parked in front of my desk, keyboard under my fingers is best — particularly when I have the house to myself and it’s quiet.
Stephen King in On Writing reported that he writes best in his “transmitting place” — that is the special place in the house where he always writes. He also has a special place to read. He believes that having these habitual places to read and write helps us focus and be more productive. I tend to agree.
Sure, we can write under any circumstances if we want and/or need to. But in our comfortable, habitual place — public or private, light or dark — we will probably be our most prolific and creative. That said, it’s also good to send ourselves “on assignment” now and then to shake things up. Go sit in a mall and write descriptions about the people who walk by and conversations you overhear. Or go to the beach and write about the smells and the feel of the wind on your skin.
So is it a good thing to depend on normal? I think so. It’s also good to shake ourselves (or be shaken) out of our routines once in a while, just so we can see things from a different perspective.
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