Have you ever found yourself with the urge to write, but nowhere to go to fulfill your desires? The house is too loud, the coffee shop has no available tables, and you can’t see your computer screen if you go to the park. So, where are you going to go?
I have two ideas for you, when it comes to either making a space, or finding one you might already have.
1. Somewhere you’re comfortable
For me, that means my house. I have difficulty going somewhere else to write, somewhere where I feel like someone might be watching me, or looking at my screen. I need to be somewhere private, somewhere I feel safe.
That’s what I recommend finding, anyway. Go to your happy place. If that means parking on a friend’s couch for an hour, ask them if you can come over. Most of my friends are tickled that I would want to write in their houses, and they’re happy to have me over.
The thing is, if you’re not comfortable where you’re writing, it’s hard to write. There are distractions, things that pull our minds from the task at hand, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.
If you’re having trouble finding a place where you’re comfortable, try a place you wouldn’t normally think of. Lock yourself in the closet or the laundry room, whole up in the bathroom if that’s what it takes. We’re all different, we all like different places. Find the one that works for you, even if it might be entirely unconventional.
2. Somewhere you can think
I cannot write in a loud environment. I just can’t. If I can’t hear myself think, I won’t be able to get words on the page. That’s just how I am. I need to find somewhere quiet, where there’s not much going on and I can put my whole focus on what I’m doing.
Sometimes, however, there’s nowhere like that. Which is why I recommend you get yourself a nice pair of noise-cancelling headphones. At the very least, they’ll make it quieter for you. If you’re one of those writers who, like me, listens to music while they write, then you’re all set! The headphones will cancel out the outside noise, and give you some very pleasant sounds that you were actually going for.
If you can’t think, you can’t write. It’s just that simple. So make sure you find a place, or find a method, that will help you think. The headphones do it for me, when even my bedroom feels like the loudest place in the world.
If you’re having trouble finding a place to think, a place where you’re in the right frame of mind, you have some options. Maybe you write in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning, when no one else is around. Or maybe, you do like we did before and whole up in a weird place where no one can find you.
There are always options, even in the places where you always spend your time.
Make sure you find the one that works for you, and keep at it. Tell everyone to leave you alone, to let you have your writing time.
After all, if we’re not writing, then we’re not really writers, are we?
Write on, my friends.