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Clicking Our Heels: Our Perfect Writing Atmospheres

Clicking Our Heels: Our Perfect Writing

Some people must write in absolute silence
in a special place.  Some choose to write
outdoors, others prefer to look through a window at water. Some must listen to
music while others need food or beverages. The gang was surprised to discover
what a variety of perfect writing atmospheres we have. Here’s sharing them with
Kay Kendall: Two things are essential.
Quiet and a window. I don’t like to feel too enclosed. I can have soft
classical music playing, but nothing with words. If I hear lyrics, then my mind
gets pulled out of the story I am writing.

Dru Ann Love: When I write my musings,
I prefer the TV on as background noise. If it’s too quiet, my mind wanders.

Linda Rodriguez: I write well in coffee
shops for some reason, so if I’m really under the gun or stuck, I head out to a
coffee shop and work away.

J.M. Phillippe: I prefer something on
in the background – music, or even a familiar movie or TV show. This is all so
I can distract the part of my brain that wants to edit as I go (and thus
completely shut down my writing process). At some point though I get really
into what I’m writing and I have to turn everything off and continue on in
silence. At this point, flow has taken over and my internal editor has already
been vanquished.

Debra H. Goldstein: Perfection is being
able to look up and see a body of water while playing show music. I write in
rhythm to show songs. Each book or story has certain ones I play throughout the

Juliana Aragon Fatula: I love to write
with music playing in the background. Music inspires me and makes me more
creative. My blue tooth allows me to pipe music in the backyard while I mow the
lawn or sit under the grape arbor and the sun/moon porch where I write has huge
windows where I can birdwatch and listen to the chimes in the wind. I write in
bed, in the kitchen, in the living roo and when I want to be alone I write in
the camper in the driveway or in the wilderness.

Bethany Maines: I used to have to be
alone and in “the zone”, but having a kid really forced me to fact that fact
that the perfect circumstances to write would never again be appearing. Or at
least not for another eighteen to twenty-five years and I couldn’t wait that
long. I’ve learned that spending five minutes picking away at a scene is better
than getting no writing done, so if I’ve got five minutes I’d better put some
damn words on the paper. It’s not always that easy, but I try.

Sparkle Abbey:

Anita Carter: I like to write in my
office with my any reference book at my fingertips. I have an adjustable
standing writing desk top, which has helped me to write for longer periods of
time. I wish I had it years ago. I can’t write in complete silence. Too many
years of having kids at home, banging around the house. I like music, a
podcast, or a streaming channel (like Acorn) in the background.

Mary Lee Woods: Hmmm. I do like music
on when I’m writing but because I’m easily influenced by the tone, I have to be
careful with my selections. I love using the streaming services such as
Spotify, Pandora, etc. because I can pick a channel that has a particular
genre. I generally have some sort of tea beside me when I write, iced or hot,
depending on the season. And though I have a window in my office, it’s not a
very interesting view and truthfully when I’m fully into the story, it doesn’t
really matter.

A.B. Plum: My office is my favorite
place to write. I don’t listen to music or wear special clothes or keep a totem
near my computer. Surrounded by books, I love my writing nook.

Shari Randall: I would love to be one
of those writers who hangs out in coffee shops, but I don’t drink coffee and
I’m easily distracted. To write effectively, I need three things: silence, a
boring atmosphere, and my focus candle. A friend gave me this large, pure white
candle, and meditating on its flame for a few minutes before writing puts me in
a great state of mind for writing. The quietest place with the least
distraction is my preferred carrel in the back of my public library’s quiet
study area. It faces a blank brick wall. Perfect. However, it would be even
more perfect if I could bring my focus candle, but they don’t allow open flames
in the library – a quandry, for sure.

T.K. Thorne: I need silence and prefer
to be outside if the weather is nice. I have a front and back porch location.
Having the ocean in view is a special treat. Booming surf does not count as

 Judy Penz Sheluk: I write in my home
office, which is painted Benjamin Moore’s Philipsburg Blue, and listen to talk
radio, even on the weekends, when a lot of the shows are advertorial, i.e.
employment law or how to buy a car or invest money. I get a lot of ideas from
talk radio.

Too Hot

by Linda Rodriguez

The temps were 102°
today with a heat index of 110
I spent the day as I have this entire week, working in a local Panera
all day, even though I have a nice big office with spacious desk and
comfortable desk chair.

big old house, like a lot of older homes, does not have central air
conditioning, and when the temperatures outside hit the high 90s and
triple digits, those poor window air conditioners just can’t keep up.
So I decamp for the nearest Panera. This happens every summer in
Kansas City, where weeks of triple digits aren’t unheard of and where
humidity is incredibly high. (I once visited San Antonio during one
of these times while San Antonio itself had temps of 103, but found
San Antonio much more bearable because the air was so much drier.)

manager and staff at my coffee shop know me and ask how the latest
book is coming along. I also head there when I have copy edits or
page proofs, in order to stay focused, so they see me at times other
than just the hottest days of summer. I hear them explain to new
employees–”She’s a writer, and sometimes she comes here to work
all day.”

first day or two that I head out to the coffee shop, if I’m writing
new work rather than dealing with copy edits or page proofs, is
always slower and harder. I have a rhythm established at home where I
usually work, and that rhythm gets thrown off by switching locations.
I’ve been working away from home all miserably hot week long. The
first couple of days were awkward and disappointing, but by today, I
was cruising along at the laptop, fingers flying.

nearing the end of a book I’ve finished and revised completely, only
to realize that I needed at least two more chapters at the end. Those
chapters are what I’m writing now, and I’m pleased to say they’re
coming right along after an initial loss of momentum when I had to
change location of my daily work. I’m at that stage where I greet my
husband when he shows up at the end of the day with excited babble.
“It’s going so well now!” “ Yay! 4,000 words today.” “I’m
getting really excited about this as I close in on the end. I think
it’s turning out great!”

moved into that end-of-book momentum where it becomes almost
impossible not to write and where my brain stays awake into the
night, running through various scenarios and possible alternatives to
planned scenes. This is one of my favorite times in writing a book.

yeah, it’s miserable outside, but I’m in all day where the air is
cold, the music is classical, and the coffee is hot. Sometimes you
just have to move to a different space to write.