Writing is a difficult thing to do in many circumstances. Distractions, noise, smells, lack of comfort, all of these can contribute to a disastrous writing session. I have trouble finding places to write.
At home, I don’t have an ideal writing space. My computer is on a low table in the living room in front of a sofa. It’s my sofa seat. It’s softer than most of the rest of the sofa, since I’ve been sitting in that same spot for more than two years. I can’t get into a healthy typing position. I’m hunched over, having to bend down to type, resulting in lower back pain that has been plaguing me for the past few months. There’s not enough room for me to have a desk and chair. I could use the dining table, but then my power cord would have to go across the floor, an area that has heavy foot traffic. It’s a busy area. I can’t concentrate on my writing. I can’t get in the zone. So, the sofa it is. I can fall asleep there. And that’s a problem, too.
The time I write is very limited. I can’t write during the daytime, as there’s too much going on around me. Morning is too hectic. Late night is the only time I can do it, and that’s pushing it. I may be too tired or someone (my daughter) refuses to go to sleep. I need a cone of silence, or just my own office where I can close the door and concentrate on my computer.
I could also try writing away from home. I have tried in a cafe or a restaurant. In fact, I got a lot of progress done on some dialogue and planning at a McDonald’s one day. Even though it was fairly busy, it was background noise and no one was talking to me. I found I could concentrate. I can also try writing at work during my lunch break. I’ve done this often, taking notes in my notebook for use later or just to develop some ideas. I recently wrote the entire history of events before Journey to Ariadne began. I’m going to have to take advantage of that more often.
On the topic of notebooks, I try to keep a couple. One is for Ariadne related notes, and the other is for more general note-taking. That one is to practice writing, write blog posts while I’m away from home, and to record ideas. I’m going to be working on a third notebook devoted entirely to character notes. I want to keep them organised, especially because Ariadne has an ensemble cast, not really any one main character.
Where and when do you write? Do you find that you have any difficulties? And do you keep notes?