Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Where I Write
Today's Blogathon topic is "My 5 Favorite Places to Write." However, I only have one favorite place to write: my couch. In the photo I'm leaning forward, probably because my back was hurting, but I usually sit in that right corner of the couch, my feet up on the leather ottoman with my laptop on my lap (that's why it's a laptop, right?). The picture was taken in January when the couch's leather is cool so I spread an afghan over it.
I used to write at my desk (seen in the background) that stands in our sunporch but it has now become the spot where I do family admin, prepare for my classes, or work on a photobook. My couch is where I write. I have a side table where I put my cup of coffee, keep my writing log, and stack other materials related to current writing projects.
Of course I write in other places, too, that's why I carry my notebook. But I feel most at home with myself when I plop down on that couch. I think it is crucial to have a dedicated place where you write, and where you are surrounded with materials for your writing. That's why artists have studios, and why you get a studio when you're at a writing residency. Creating that physical space and keeping it for that one purpose helps you to get into the writing frame of mind.
Do you have a dedicated place to write?