By: Rebecca Carey
What are your ideal conditions for writing?
Do you have a specific place that you write or can you sit down anywhere and strike up your creative side? Do you write down your ideas on paper or do you use a laptop? Does anyone prefer to go old-fashioned and use a typewriter? Do you need complete silence or listen to music or something in-between? What kind of resources do you like to have handy when you write?
I personally can sit down anywhere and write, although I usually go to one of two places to do so. I either curl up on my couch with my laptop and resources on a TV tray or sit downstairs at my 'office' desk space. I have my laptop and a notebook. I write on a Word document and use the Focus View feature to keep my distractions to a minimum. I keep a notebook close by when writing a 'story' so I can keep notes of various details and ideas that I will need later. For my most recent 'story,' (Side Note: I don't call my writing works a book or novel until I feel comfortable to do so. So until I feel confident in it I call it a story so I don't put pressure on myself and the idea.) I even printed out pictures of what I think my characters look like so if I ever lost sight of who my characters were I could look back and see their faces and be reminded why I felt the need to tell their story.
I used to think I had to write in complete silence but found that I couldn't concentrate with the silence surrounding me. I felt suffocated by the silence and couldn't write under those conditions. I have been working really well lately with music to drown out the sounds around me. I have started creating a playlist of instrumental versions of classical and epic music used in movies. I have also thrown in a few other smooth and inspiring songs in, as well. If you want to follow my playlist on Spotify my username is rebecca_lynn_carey and the playlist is titled My Music To Focus. I'll add music and change the list as I go.
I usually have a large variety of resources around me when I write. At the moment I have my trusty notebook, graph paper (comes in handy when drawing out floor plans), a pencil, a pen, a roll of Scotch tape, a pad of green sticky notes, two bottles of water, a bag of walnuts and almonds, a party size bag of M&M's, and a chewy nut bar wrapper. I tend to use my laptop for a dictionary, thesaurus, and the internet for an endless supply of knowledge for my research.
Everyone tends to be different in how they successfully write. What are your conditions for writing? Do you have a rockin' playlist that you want to share with others? Do you have a resource that would help out a fellow writer? If you write on your computer is there a program that you use instead of Word or Online Docs? Do you have a specific writing utensil that seems to pull the creativity right out of you?
Let us know your ideas, tips, and opinions in the comments below!