Thursday, January 7, 2010

Where I Write

Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but I typically write while sitting at the dining room table. I have an office, which I used to write my first couple of books and I have an old desk that I think I might fix up and place in there. The chair in there is much more comfortable than the chairs in the dining room, but it seems like when I’m back there that I lose a connection with the world. There is a window, but all I can see from there is my neighbor’s house. I can see the television from the dining room and sometimes I turn it on just to break up the quiet.

If I could have my preferred writing environment, I would choose a big room, with a wall of windows, overlooking a valley. The windows would be to the south, so the sun would shine in all day long. There would be voices in the background, but not near enough that I would be drawn into the conversation. In a pinch, I suppose I might go down to Ellen’s café. It faces east instead of south, but with its large windows, high ceilings and spacious eating area, I could be comfortable there. There are customers there most of the time, so I wouldn’t be alone. But I fear I would eat too much. It may be good that I have no means of getting there.

Question: What about you? Where do you prefer to write?