Where Do I NOT Write? That is the Question

I would love to say that I have an amazing office with built-in mahogany shelves to showcase my thousands of favorite books and an antique desk that once belonged to a famous author. I’d love to say I have an ergonomic chair that helps my posture and my walls are decorated with inspirational posters about writing.

But, yeah, that’s not what I have.

Instead, I write wherever I can. I start off in a chair in my living room while I have my morning coffee, celebrating the amazing words I’d crafted the day before. When my back starts to cramp in that chair, I head to the kitchen table. This is provided I can find a clear spot. During the school year, I usually have to shove projects and books to the side to make way for the laptop. With five kids, that can be a lot of shoving. I need to sponge off sticky residue from either glue or jelly. Or both. And I certainly never swear while I’m cleaning my writing area. Never.

Once I get comfortable in the wooden kitchen chair, I sometimes—almost never because I’m a writer and writers write—I might check social media very, very quickly. It rarely takes any time out of my day. I might pop on Hangouts just to see what some of my writing groups are up to. I certainly never get sidetracked by things that are not writing-related. I would never discuss inappropriate couches or clown erotica or mating rituals of insects. And if a swarm of Dragonflies (Golden Heart finalists from 2015) jumps on here to dispute that, well, they’re just flat-out fibbing. I never look at the time on my phone and realize that two hours have gone by without writing a word. That never happens. Never.

But if it did, I would want a new location to jumpstart those creative juices. That’s when I usually head up to my bed. I stack the pillows behind me to get comfy, then I hunker down and write ALL THE WORDS. I power through, not tempted by the television. Not tempted to throw things in my Amazon Prime cart. Not tempted to research anything that could take me down the rabbit hole. That never happens. Never.

Later in the afternoon my kids start yelling up the stairs that I need to be ready to take them to soccer. That’s when I slip my laptop into my Vera Bradley bag and schlep it out to my minivan. I usually brainstorm my next chapter all the way to my destination, and then as soon as I park, I whip out my laptop and don’t waste even a minute of my writing time. Usually the words are flowing and I’m way in the zone when my kids head back to the van after practice. I never leave my laptop in that cute little Vera Bradley bag while I talk to other soccer moms or text my writing friends. That never happens. Never.

I’ve written pretty much everywhere. I’ve written in bleachers. I’ve written on a large quartz rock at a park. I’ve written in restaurants and coffee houses. I’ve written on my upraised knee, standing in line at the DMV. This I did recently on my birthday since I may or may not have forgotten that my driver’s license expired on the day I turned…well, on the day I turned 33. Again.

For the most part, it’s not really important WHERE you write. It’s only important that you WRITE.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever written? And do you have a special place that makes those words flow? If so, share.

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10 thoughts on “Where Do I NOT Write? That is the Question

  1. The craziest place I ever wrote would never, ever be plotting my next chapter while I sat on the altar at that Mass, in my role as cantor. And I never, ever missed my cue for the next sung response because I so wrapped up in the process. Never happened. Nope.

  2. Kim, I am currently walking, not writing, checking my emails when I should be paying attention, and I saw your post in my inbox. I was so sucked into the hilarity that is “you” that I just looked up and saw that I’m 1/4 mile into my route and don’t remember getting here! And I just ate a tree limb with my face. Write more, pretty please. Your writing takes people to good places.

    1. Awwww. You always say the sweetest things. Why can’t you still live here??? Why??? Miss you!

  3. Liar!! I’m screenshotting the random Dragonfly discussion you have been a part of, Missy!

    I’m SUPER boring. I almost always write in a chair in the living room. *yawn* Now what we’re saying about a special couch?

    1. Hey, I just fly by and SEE those comments. I’m not really a part of it. Just an innocent observer. By the way, I think when we finally make a Dragonfly Commune, we sorta have to buy that couch. Just on principle. LMAO.

  4. No discussion of clowns, dragonfly mating, and RomClowns?! LIES!!!!!!!!!!!

    It sounds like you never write. Yet, somehow you keep final’ing and winning writing awards! 😉

    Craziest place I’ve ever written? I can’t think of anything too crazy, but I did plot out a whole book on a hotel cocktail napkin during a boring workshop at a conference for work. That’s a productive 90 mins there!

    1. You’re the ringleader, Missy. And like I told Seana, I’m just an innocent observer to the madness you cause. Can’t wait to see you!!!! Under a week!!! Dragonfly Swarm commencing…:-)

  5. I’ve written in pretty crazy places too. As a mom, that’s what you have to do sometimes. When my daughter was having health issues, I carried a notebook to write in waiting rooms and doctor offices. Scrounged up paper to write in the ER – which may have been the weirdest – an ER in Washington DC the week of the 4th of July with drunks sleeping it off snoring behind the curtain next to me or in a gurney outside while my daughter slept from the pain killers and we waited for hours to see a doctor. Fun times – NOT! – but those words count.

    1. Those words DO count. I personally think they count the most! Moms can pretty much write anywhere. I find if there’s not a touch of chaos, I can’t write at all. I usually write best when neighborhood kids are running through the house and soccer balls are whizzing past. haha.

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