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Finding A Place & Time To Write

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Finding A Place & Time To Write

Last year, I really struggled to find the time to dedicate to writing. I’d write when I could in brief half an hour stints, but there’d never be a set time or place that I’d dedicate to myself and writing. I find I struggle to find the space in my mind and in my house to write these days — I abandon laundry to write and then feel so bad about not doing laundry that I abandon words to tend to that.

This year I’m trying to change. I made a planner, and now I schedule-in time to actually write. I don’t feel so bad about it when it’s scheduled in, and somehow planning time to write means I feel compelled to do it.

The hardest thing now isn’t finding the time; it’s finding the space, a place where I can write. I’m still experimenting with where this can be — coffee houses don’t hold the answer for me, and neither does writing in the kitchen or on the sofa. The bed calls to me, and I do some of my best typing from it, but I sometimes wonder if I’m missing a trick or a great place I could be writing.

How do you find a place to write?

This post is part of Alex Cavanuagh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a once a month posting of doubts, fears, and confusions among friends.

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Tammy Narayan February 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm

I have a desk in my sunroom facing the yard, but usually the curtains are drawn because even the smallest amount of sunlight hurts my eyes, because I am a vampire. Just kidding. I actually love garlic. Anyway, I don’t think I need a lot of space considering how much crap is covering this desk, but I don’t think I could write in bed. I need to be sitting up. Carving out specific time for writing is a great idea. I wrote my first book in hour and a half sessions on Tuesday and Thursdays while my husband took our baby out for long shopping trips.

Welcome to the ISWG from one of the co-hosts!

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Mandy February 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I definitely think having a planner makes it easier to write without feeling guilty for neglecting other things. I don’t really have a special place to write. Honestly, sometimes I think just making the time to write is enough.

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Tessa Conte February 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm

I have a planner. It’s not helping… : (

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Cynthia @ ReadistheNewBlack February 4, 2016 at 1:21 am

I like working with some background noise, so I like writing in coffee houses. Sometimes when I’m waiting on my child to take a class, I might squeeze in some writing time there too. I also set up a little home office for myself.

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fatimah mardhiah omar February 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

I dont usually plan my time to write, because i am kinda bad with planning. I bring my planner/notebook around, no matter where is it and I’ll just write things down 🙂 That’s how I usually do..

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Loni Townsend February 17, 2016 at 11:07 pm

I write whenever and wherever I can. Usually it’s on my lunch hour at work. 🙂

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