What’s your scene?

When it comes to your writing, do you have an ideal workspace? Are there certain situations that drive you to write?

As time has gone on, I’ve found that I can write anywhere. I used to feel like I needed to be at my desk, cup of tea or coffee brewed, in order to write but, honestly, it was just an excuse. I do enjoy being at my desk but changing my setting helps keep my mental state fresh. Granted, if I had a grand office full of books with the ladder on-a-track in order to reach the top shelves accompanied by a chaise and a fireplace, then I might never need to leave that setting. Seeing as I don’t have those, a coffee shop (pre-COVID), my front room, the car, a restaurant (again, pre-COVID), my couch, a balcony, all work just as well.

Moving from place to place allows the unpredictability of that flash of inspiration. Now, this shouldn’t be confused with relying on inspiration to write, persistence and discipline being much more important, but the unexpectedness of it cannot be denied.

For example, this morning I woke up and went into my front room. Snow was falling and covered the ground in every direction. I instantly felt a cozy nostalgia that guaranteed I would not be writing in my office, tucked away downstairs, but at my dining table, wrapped in a blanket, looking out the windows as the cottony flakes danced in the air. So picturesque right?

Do settings like this drive you or do you require routine? Whichever it is, harness it and enjoy those moments to enter your world and transcribe what you see. Happy writing!

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Published by christophergabrielwrites

I am an author slinging short stories along with the almighty novel. I have been writing since my high school days on through to adulthood, moved over the years by my peers and the prose of the greats. The written word is my burning passion. Besides writing (and also reading a lot) I spend my time being: a dad to a beautiful little human that is growing too fast (along with parenting a few pet animals), a husband, and an avid traveler to the wilderness. I graduated from Purdue University and I live in Chicago, IL.

One thought on “What’s your scene?

  1. Yes! It really is all about excuses. I, too, thought that I needed to be at a certain place, write at a certain time, or even only be able to get in that mindset when it’s perfectly quiet.

    A hectic schedule taught me otherwise though. It taught me that writing needn’t be about long stretches. It could also be about 10-minute spurts throughout the day. Thanks for sharing!

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