"Where I Write" is a challenge question from the blog: Writing with Style Until I read about it, I did not give much thought to where I write. For example, when we are travelling I have a routine: I download my photos every night and write on my laptop in our hotel room, which hopefully has a desk. If not, I sit on the bed and write there. It’s easy to shut the door, settle down and just write.
At home, there are too many distractions. To cope with those, I write in different places, all depending on what I am writing. My blogging and writing for enjoyment takes place in the library. I have a comfortable chair, I am surrounded by books I love and photo albums, and I can look out the northeast facing window. The desk was allegedly owned and used by Napoleon III. However, he is not one of my “favs” so I don’t mind if it gets a few nicks or coffee stains.
Paying bills, tracking taxes, writing out travel plans, and all the administrative aspects of our life – business writing – takes place in my study. The desk is a slab of glass supported by two Chinese cabinets. It is about an inch too high for comfort, but suits the purpose of writing checks, thank-you notes, birthday cards, and spreadsheets to use for budgets and tax records. A Mac is in the closet. The study also serves as an extra guestroom, so there are times that I cannot claim full ownership, which means I cannot really "write" there.
And, if I am writing for a project from the office or on something that requires lots of space for documents, I write and proofread in the dining room. The table is a large clear glass top with space for everything. The room is rather minimalist; there are no books, telephone, or other little distractions. It is still in range of the wireless signal and allows for an Internet connection. I can look out the window at the ocean to clear my head, although I usually work with my back to the view.