Yes, we've heard all the glam about writer's in their PJ's, or sitting with their glass (or bottle) of wine to get them in story mode. But is that reality? We all know Barbie LOVES her wine, and while it's good to loosen things up and brainstorm, it's not overly productive when I'm actually writing. Well, unless it's in the middle of the day, and I suppose if it's just one or two glasses vs. half a bottle. But wine at night relaxes me too might and makes me sleepy, which equals not many pages. And while I have stayed in my PJ's before and gotten pages done, life eventually calls and I have to get out of the house (and also look presentable, because I'm just that way.) siiigh...so PJ's arent' really working for me either since most of the time except for weekends I'm getting ready for the dreaded 'day job'.
I've had 2 glorious vacation days this week. One of which was a decent writing day. The other? while I intended for it to be a writing day, it turned out to be anything but. Grrrr..... But I'll get over it and move on. But during my time off, with my computer, i found myself changing locations where I write. Mornings at the kitchen table with the morning light and my picturesque backyard, evenings back at my desk in the livingroom enjoying my garden fountain and westerly breeze (when it's not so humid). Changing location helps. My desk keeps me more secluded, away from the hub of the house so I tend to get more done. In the quiet of the morning, I just love my kitchen and the rest of the house is still sleeping.
Which got me thinking...Does the perfect writing environment exist? I know it's subjective to each writer. But if you could CREATE the PERFECT writing place what would it be like? Does your muse require nature? a bustling coffee shop? A City skyline? Or anywhere as long as you have ear-buds and mozart?
I know writers who retreat to cabins in the woods where there are no internet, no tv's. it's just a room with electricity a bed and a kitchen. They go there when they are in deadline mode and basically crank out an entire book in one week. WOW. I'm thinking a need a shed in my backyard, with a cot and desk (forget the lawnmower).
Kari and I recently did a mini-retreat. We started at her house in the morning, then checked into a local hotel and wrote I think until midnight'ish. Then we were up and writing again until checkout. It was awesome!!!! Maybe not my ideal environment (hotel room) but the idea of getting away, even locally, from the duties of the family and actually being productive was THE BEST!!!
so for me, if I had to create that perfect writing space. I think it would be a cabin/cottage out in the woods. I love the sounds of nature - especially in the morning. A fireplace to add atmosphere, maybe some candles or better yet old oil lanterns because I think they are cool (American Pickers fan, remember?) Heck, I wouldn't even mind if there were animal heads on the wall! A hot-tub would be nice out on a deck for a relaxing break, an the fridge would be stocked with great foods to BBQ, and of course....WINE!!! Which is fine because I'd be writing ALLLL day, and relaxing with Mr. Pinot in the evening!
So how would you create your space? Inside or outside your home? Out of the country? Let those imaginations soar! Money is no object! What is YOUR perfect writing environment?