1b) Create

CreatingOpnA Place:

Make yourself a place to work. While we hear that Richard Russo writes on a yellow legal pad in a small restaurant in Camden Maine, while watching life’s theater all around him, and J.K. (Joanne) Rowling conceived of Harry Potter while riding the train, she also wrote in many cafés, because taking her baby out for a walk was the best way to get the baby to sleep. I guess that means we can go to cafes and not feel guilty, as long as we have our pens and papers!

I need the quiet uninterrupted time to organize my thoughts and settle in to writing. And my guess is, even though some writers work in public with noise all around, that’s probably inspirational creative writing time. This place, for continuing work, should be a quiet one. I’ll bet when they’re honing their work, these (and most successful authors) find a peaceful spot where they can concentrate without distraction.

It takes me about twenty minutes to a half an hour to settle in and get started, and it takes some time to separate from writing to get back to the “real world” and do menial tasks such as start supper, or meet friends for lunch. The secluded larger block of time suites me. Once I’m immersed in the work, I can take full advantage of my inner thoughts without distractions and not have to pull away too soon.

Locate for yourself a space that is yours alone, away from family traffic. Ideally, you should be able to put a sign on a door and not be disturbed. Make sure you have what you need: paper, pads, pens or pencils, paper clips, a stapler, hole punch, 3-ring binders, etc. And if you are able, treat yourself: to a computer, printer and copier too. And some space to lay things out; especially if you are doing research and need to “visualize” some kind of order to your notes.


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