Where is your favorite place to write?
On August 20, 2013 | 4 Comments | News & Events, Writing tips |

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:

Do you have a favorite spot to write?

  • 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?


This blog post originally appeared on CreateSpace.com. Reprinted with permission. © 2013 CreateSpace, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

Comments 4
Rick Marchetti Posted August 21, 2013 at10:09 pm   Reply

Hi Maria,
I usually write at a section of the kitchen counter we refer to as “the snack bar” because it’s a peninsula with bar stools on the side away from the cabinet doors. My dream is a home office, but my favorite place is on my back deck, facing the hummingbird feeder.

I see you’re going to ask about time of day next, so I may as well throw that in as well. I’ve discovered that I write the best (an most prolifically) between 11 pm and 3 am when the house is dead quiet.

Charalee Posted August 24, 2013 at3:16 pm   Reply

I often start writing in coffee shops but work at my desk both in Spain and France. My first book was started when I had no furniture, only one uncomfortable chair and my laptop computer.

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