First Wednesday of the month and Insecure Writers’ Support Group day. This month our (optional) question is If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
J K Rowling famously wrote Harry Potter in a coffee shop because she ‘couldn’t afford’ to heat her Council flat. Surely the amount she spent on coffee was more than she would spend on heating? But there you are.
I’ve attempted writing in various places:
- Starbucks and Costa. Mostly people will be on their laptops/tablets and leave you alone, but on one occasion I had two businessmen discussing Brexit very loudly at the next table. (If you want to clear any space in the UK rapidly, just mention the B word once!)
- On a train. You do feel rather exposed. Whilst travelling to Newcastle for an Association of Christian Writers event, the person sitting next to me peered over my shoulder and asked, “Are you writing a novel? What’s it about?” And no, he wasn’t a famous publisher or agent.
- More recently, I’ve edited my novel whilst sitting in Departures, with my husband and brother-in-law sitting opposite. The announcements, telling me – alternately – that my plane was delayed again or on time were annoying, but I managed to get some work done. I checked that chapter again afterwards though. I suspected I might’ve been distracted..
My favourite place to write is in my own house and HOME ALONE. No one to bother me, no one to distract me, although my cat sits on my knee and does both. I’m very private about what I’m writing. I don’t like anyone to see it until I’ve got it right.
I’m getting on with editing The Novel. Only ten more chapters to edit now,. I’m attempting to do two a day. I’m aiming to enter two further comps by the end of the month.
I’m really interested to know how and where other writers write. (Sorry about the overuse of ‘really’. My Novel is set in the 1980s and my mc overuses ‘really’.)