Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: In bed, at the coffee shop, on the train, in the park, curled up on the couch … each writer has his or her favorite place to put words on the page. Sometimes, it’s about the specific location. Other times, it’s more a matter of general ambiance. And, most of the time, favorite writing places change with our moods and even our projects. So – what’s you’re favorite writing spot right now? Bonus: Tell us why it’s your favorite and whether it changed recently..
Jamie Wallace: Despite the fact that it’s where I spend most of my work day (writing websites, eBooks, blog posts, etc. for my clients), my favorite place to write is still the magical, rustic, steampunk-y desk that my beau built for me two Christmases ago. It’s a big, unapologetic mash-up of old wooden beams, leather harness pieces, wrought iron grilles, vintage crates, horse shoes, and miscellaneous odds and ends that have found new life cobbled together in an artistically inspired way.
While I often brainstorm and make notes in odd places (on my phone while out walking a dog, sitting beside the riding arena while my daughter has her lesson, in bed during the middle of the night), when it comes to actual pedal-to-the-metal writing, I need a comfortable set up and quiet. In addition to being more-or-less ergonomically correct and located in my home, I have an idea that my desk may actually help strengthen my focus. After all, this is the site of all my “work” writing – be it for clients or my own blogging habit. I’ve become somewhat programmed to be productive when I sit here. It’s almost a Pavlovian response at this point. Desk = getting things done.
Also, I told my beau when he gifted me with this one-of-a-kind piece of art/furniture that this was where I would write my stories and – eventually – books. So, I’m kind of keeping a promise I guess.
Lisa J. Jackson: Right now the spot is on my sofa. It’s a sectional, made up of several small squares. It’s quite comfortable with lots of pillow backs and free moving pillows to use as arm rests, table tops, lap desks, whatever I need at the moment to hold the laptop (sometimes) or notepad and pen (usually). It doesn’t come out well in pictures as it’s dark brown – all you really see are the various small blankets I have to cuddle up with.
I do enjoy writing in cafes if I find a comfortable seat, in the sun (or at least by the window).