I am currently reading The Writer’s Idea Book by Jack Heffron. Like the books by Julia Cameron and Dorothea Brande that I’ve read recently, this one discusses the environment for writing. His views converge from the other two, however, as he must always write privately and not in public view. They all suggest different writing places, as well as sitting at your computer in your office, the two women talking of getting in touch with the muse at a table in a coffee shop. But Heffron feels he would be inhibited in such a place, although he doesn’t rule out a park bench.
I incline towards the private myself, so I was reassured to find an author that agreed with me. I have written on a train, which was public enough but didn’t seem to draw glances. Other places include hotel rooms, where there was just me with time to fill when I’ve been away on business, and holiday homes when hubby has left me in peace. But mostly I write in my study, which is the use I have made of our third bedroom.
For a break, I get up, stretch and walk two paces to the window. Here are a couple of moods of the view I can see.
The rainbow was taken in the autumn of 2007. The snowy one was just yesterday.
I’d love to hear about other places to write, and where your muse kicks in.
PS. The books I’ve been reading are:
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande, first published 1934
(my version with foreword by John Braine written in 1983)
PAPERMAC – ISBN 0-333-34673-4
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron, 1999
Macmillan – ISBN 0-333-78203-8
The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron, 2004
Penguin – ISBN 0-141-01869-0
The Writer’s Idea Book by Jack Heffron, 2000
Writer’s Digest Books – ISBN 0-965-09505-3
PPS. I’ve been tagged by http://greysandthings.today.com. Do come back on Friday to read my responses.