Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A Quiet Place to Write
Have you ever been working on an important scene in your novel, only to be interrupted? By the phone, by a child, by your spouse or partner?
It makes me SO cranky when it happens. When I’m reading or writing, I become very focused. People can talk to me and I won’t hear it. I block it all out. So when someone breaks through that barrier, trying to reach me, I’m not even myself. I’m whoever I was reading or writing about and it takes a moment to focus outside of that world. I don’t want to be pulled away. I want to be back in the story! Grrr…
Writing my blog is completely different. It’s just me being me. But when I’m working on a book…well, some days, when I know I’m not going to have a chunk of time to myself, I end up not working on it at all. And that makes me cranky, too. Because those characters want my attention. They want to be written about, to be read aloud.
I’ve decided that when the children start school next Wednesday, I’m going to find a quiet place, not in my house (the phone, the email, the internet distract) to be alone with my characters, at least once a week. Only I’m not sure where it’ll be. I live in a small town so it’s hard to find a place where no one will know me well enough to walk up and start a conversation.
If only the beach had outlets...
Where do you go when you want to find a quiet place to write?