Does It Matter Where You Write?

It Depends On Your Focus

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Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
– Ayn Rand

Where Should You Go To Write?

I write anywhere I can. It doesn’t matter if there’s a TV on in the background or not. I can be watching a movie on Netflix or a reality show. Regardless, I’m able to focus on my writing. Even if my kids are talking to me and asking me for something to eat, I can still write.

Use Your Surroundings To Your Advantage

If you’re the type of person that writes while you’re outside, you can use that to your advantage. Let’s say you’re struggling to describe a character. You’re not quite sure what they should wear.

Look around at the people passing by and you can see how their dressed. This will give you ideas. Put that in your book.

If you write while you’re sitting outside a Starbucks and you don’t know how to pinpoint someone’s hair color or hair style, just look up at the people standing in line ordering Mocha Frappuccinos.

Create A Comfortable Writing Space

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You need to make sure your settled in to your writing space. It could be your favorite couch or sitting in your office chair. Right now, I’m writing while I’m standing in my office while Black Mirror is on. I can still focus though. Having the ability to focus is key.

If you’re not good at multi-tasking, don’t attempt to write and do other things simultaneously. It won’t be productive for you as a writer. You still need to make sure your work is full of quality.

Change Things Up When It’s Not Working

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas where you are, change your location. Move from the kitchen table and go outside. Take a trip to the library or eat in front of a cafe. Switch things up to keep your mind moving and engage it in new ways. You never know what brilliant idea might strike you if you decide to write somewhere else.

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What’s The Trick To Writing?

The most important thing to do is use your incredible brain to come up with creative content. You need to engage your reader. That being said, you can do that from anywhere at anytime.

2 thoughts on “Does It Matter Where You Write?

  1. MIchael, I love this article. Environment is important for writing. Early in my career, I wrote my first articles on a table in a corner of the living room with the television blaring. I used to loiter in hotel lobbies and coffee shops (pre-Starbucks) when I need to be creative and come up with ideas or outline. Now have an entire room of my own. However, I still love working in hotels and coffee shops!

    I signed up to get notification of all your work You might be interested in one of my articles on 5 Common Writing Mistakes that Kill Your Credibility https://www.theunstoppableprofessional.com/5-common-writing-mistakes-that-kill-your-creativity/. Not asking for anything in return, but if you find it valuable, feel free to share.

    Looking forward to reading more of your work. Patricia Haddock

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