I used to write in coffee shops, but now I write almost exclusively at my desk, which is located in a tidy corner of my living room. It’s not a separate office, but it works just great for me. I thought it would be fun to ask some author friends where they feel most productive. Here’s what they had to say:
- Karen McQuestion, whose newest book is a paranormal young adult novel called Edgewood:“I converted a former bedroom into a home office and it’s perfect for writing! I have a mahogany desk with my regular computer, a recliner in the corner for when I use my laptop, a bookcase, and an electric fireplace, which keeps me warm in the winter.”
- Jezra Kaye, author of The Tattooed Heart: “I usually write in my home office, but the best place I ever wrote was on the balcony of my room on a Caribbean cruise ship (my husband had a gig, or trust me, this wouldn’t have happened). Warm air, big sky, the boat cutting quietly through the ocean, oh my God it was great!”
- Raymond Bean, author of the School Is a Nightmare and Sweet Farts series: “I’ve tried writing in different places. When I was in college, I wrote at the library and coffee shops. I don’t think I’d be able to focus in a busy place anymore. Sitting at my desk with the laptop and a marble composition notebook is best for me.”
- Ellen Greenfield, author of Come From Nowhere:“I write in my head at all times and places: in the subway, in bed at 3 a.m., in the shower, on long road trips…but I really get down to cases in a wonderful little studio that my husband built with his own two hands. It has windows opening onto two ponds and has a nice long desk (made from an old door) covered with all the totem objects that support me.”
In upcoming posts, I’ll also ask these talented authors what time of day they prefer to write, as well as their preferred background noise levels. Should be interesting!
Now it’s your turn to weigh in: Where do you like to write, or where is the best place you’ve ever written?
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