Writing. Some people think that you write enough to fill up a lot of pages, and you’re finished, and you’re done, right? No. It’s not that easy, especially if you’re in the wrong environment.
What is your writing place like? Is it in an office, sitting at a couch, in a library, a bookstore, or always on the go, writing on your Blackberry or iPhone? Are you an organized person, who has taken down notes and knows exactly how the story is going to go, or do you gather ideas as you go? (I’ve seen how the environment can sometimes alter both of these).
My writing environments change daily, depending on how I feel. I might want to go out and get inspired by published writers. In this case, I will head to a Barns & Noble, and sit in their Starbucks’ area and write away. Other days, I will sit in the office, thinking I’m going to write, though I don’t get as much accomplished, thanks to household distractions and of course, a little thing called the internet. Though, when I am at home and am focused, I can achieve so much, and feel that I’ve put in a hard day’s work, (though, I know it doesn’t compare to my husband’s work).
When I’m at the B&N, I am forced to write, and not distracted at all, which is nice, and it also makes my writing stronger. (It might be because I’m very motivated (as I’ve written about previously).
At home, my environment is a messy desk in my office, papers scattered everywhere, and with the annoyance of a crying cat (yes, the cat cries). When I’m in the mood to write, I’ll write, and I must say, I do a damn good job at it, but when I’m not in the mood, writing at home is not fun. It makes it a lot easier to get sidetracked, which of course, isn’t good.
To end, I encourage you to do what you feel is best for you and your story. Whether it be writing at a bookstore or sitting at home surrounded by a messy desk, it’s important to consider your writing environment to make yourself the best writer possible.