I do my best writing when it’s quiet, very quiet. I like to write late at night and into the early morning hours when no one is asking me for anything, the phone isn’t ringing, and there isn’t a lot of loud traffic in the street. I’m not hungry late at night, so I don’t get distracted by going into the kitchen and preparing or eating a snack.
I’m most productive when there is no noise in my head. I don’t have a particular room to write in. In winter months when it’s cold, my home isn’t insulated well, so I write in a room that is warm, or I put a lap blanket over me. I like looking out a window into darkness.
In late spring, summer, and fall, I often do my writing in my head, when I’m out walking, or when I’m sitting on the sand along the shores of Lake Michigan. I always carry a notepad, so that I can jot down thoughts. Late at night, I write up those notes into a piece.
Sometimes, when I ride the train, it’s not rush hour, and I’m alone in a back car, I can do some thoughtful writing of short poetry like haiku.
Some of my writer-friends go into a coffee shop in mid-afternoon when it isn’t crowded and do their writing there. At night, after their family has gone to bed, they write on the dining room table.
Writing in a coffee shop isn’t for me. I don’t like to be known as “a regular” in public places. And somehow, I wouldn’t want strangers there to guess that I’m a writer, nor would I want the employees asking me about what I’m writing.
When and where do you do your best writing? Please post your comments. You just might give some fellow writers
some ideas that will make them more productive.