Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Way We Are: Where do you write?

On a totally unrelated side-note, does
anyone else miss the days before
Roni Loren was sued, when you could
use whatever image you wanted, and
be blissfully unaware that you were
doing anything wrong?
In a bed?
In your head?
On a train?
On a plane?
At a retreat?
In a soft seat?
Do you prefer outside?
Or anywhere you can hide?
In secret or in plain sight?
In the middle of the night?
At a park while kids play?
At your neighborhood cafe?
At the library, on a couch, or at your kitchen table?
In a notebook, laptop, or anywhere you're able?

For me, it's at my desktop computer, or on my laptop at my kitchen table. Sometimes at the library, or while waiting for my kids. Yep, that's right. My laptop is almost never used ON MY LAP.

How about you? Where do you find yourself writing most frequently?

37 comments:

JeffO said...

Hey, been reading Green Eggs and Ham or something?

I write most frequently at my desk, which is a frightening mess, but I'll pull out a notebook and pen and write in the car while waiting for the kids, and I did a lot last year in a coffee shop while, you guessed it, waiting for one of my kids.

S.P. Bowers said...

Same place as ever, at my desktop.

Laptops used on laps...what an interesting idea.

Heather Kelly said...

I write everywhere--sometimes in a makeshift office in the attic, sometimes in a magic room at the library (truly magic--you should come and see! :)), right now, I'm writing in bed (okay not the most conducive to getting actual writing done, but you know, comfy).

That's the beauty of laptops!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My favorite writing bursts are scribbled on scraps of paper...they are usually the best ideas.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I do best in my office. I'm still self-conscious enough not to be comfortable doing it where people can read over my shoulder.

Love your poem thingy!

Joshua said...

Basement.
Desk.
Laptop.
Dim lighting.
Absinthe.

Lauren said...

Did only one other person notice the rhyme?

Anywhere.
Notebook or laptop, although I hate transcribing what I wrote longhand. It just takes too long.

Patti said...

I think I would write best if I had an actual office, but instead I settle for the kitchen table.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

We have a little room off of the entry and the living room that I turned into our office. I can still listen to t.v. and talk to my hubby and look out to the front yard and the living room. The clutter of the office is behind me, lol. I use a desktop computer. We used to have a laptop but it never left the desk anyway.

Kathy M.

Donna said...

99% of the time my laptop is on my lap (this may explain the carpal tunnel syndrome). I have to be comfortable to write and I am not comfortable at a table/desk. When I am in my real house (not my temporary lodging with all my real stuff in storage) and I have my real desk chair I will write at my desktop. I also have to have my music playing. And it helps if I am in some sort of competition.

And yes, I do miss the days of blissful ignorance regarding "borrowing" photos and images from Google.

Jessie Humphries said...

I love your Dr. Seussy poem, you clever girl you! And your stick figure in a tree is pretty awesome too! :) My new favorite place to write at the moment is my balcony. I have one of those bench swings and its been getting pretty nice in Vegas at night lately. I sit there (hiding from the kids) and stare out at the lights in the Vegas Valley. Its pretty rad! It's not under the "G" or anything, but is ayite.

Tonja said...

On a train in the rain. On a boat with a goat.

At my desk in my bedroom facing a wall, back to the laundry basket.

Charlie Holmberg said...

Yes. I do miss those days...

Suzanne Furness said...

I prefer to write with my laptop at the dining room table. It's a very purple room and it gives me a nice warm glow!

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Z said...

Oh how I miss those image days! I never know how/what I'm supposed to do now!

I write with my laptop on my lap since I don't have a desktop and I'm a student, my lap is on the bus/at the library/on my couch/in bed/on a park bench/in class/in the car...

Natalie Aguirre said...

That was so creative. I write on my laptop too. It's usually in my sunroom these days.

Michelle @ Oh! For the Love of Books said...

I like to write at the local library! I tend to stay focused and not get distracted!

Diana said...

Mostly at my desktop, thought I'm crossing my fingers that a laptop shows up on my birthday. :) Totally agree with your sidenote, I still have yet to use a picture on my blog because I'm paranoid that I'll use one I think is legal but isn't. If I could, I would put a picture of me pulling my hair out right here.

Imogen Elvis said...

Normally on my laptop on my desk.Or my laptop in front of the TV when the Olympics is on. Sometimes I write on my tablet in bed, but the typos are terrible!

Angela Cothran said...

Somewhere comfy :) When I bought my laptop I got a lap table to go with it. It is AWESOME!!! I can write anywhere :)

Iain said...

I sit on the sofa and type away
On my laptop, tucked out of the way.
In the living room is where I sit,
At the far end, away from the thick of it.
Headphones on, so the TV's drowned out,
When they want me they throw things, or sometimes shout.
It's the best solution, or am I deluded?
This way I'm with every one, but also secluded.

Tara Tyler said...

love it love it love it!!! and who needs clip art? you're great at the cartoons too!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Yes, I miss those days. I haven't used photos for ages, but my plan is just to insert random ones that I've taken myself, even if they have no relevance to the post!

I'm writing this on my laptop, which is on my lap. I'm far too conventional!

Libby said...

My office. I can't take loud noises while writing. I can do coffee shops and the library while brainstorming.

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

I write on my desktop PC in the spare room which is set out as my office! Peace!!!

E.D. said...

Kitchen table. Starbucks. Office desk. Train.
Anywhere and anytime I can get at least a good 15 minutes of uninterrupted time....

Kelley Lynn said...

Yes! I miss those days when we could use all photos :(

I write at the kitchen table when at home. Otherwise I'm writing in an airport, airplane or a hotel room :)

Coleen Patrick said...

Yes, about the photos, but then again that stick figure got me smiling!
I write in a recliner type of chair in my office--but not at my desk. :)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I totally miss those days! My posts are woefully unadorned. I may have to learn to draw - quel horreur!

Susanne Drazic said...

Enjoyed your post. : )

I do a lot of my writing at my desk, but am known to do some of it in the livingroom.

Cindy Dwyer said...

Your post reminded me of Dr. Seuss! I have a laptop so I tend to write wherever the noise from the kids is the most muted.

As for photos, I shied away from using any except my own for the longest time. I've recently discovered Wikimedia Commons and Flickr WANA Commons, which come with links to include proper credit on our posts to keep us bloggers out of trouble.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

My favorite place to write is outside. I love sitting on the patio at our house or on the deck at our cabin. But I live in NE Iowa, so we have a longgggggg winter. During the winter I enjoy writing in my upstairs office. I open the blinds and I can see the pretty (from the inside of a house) winter scenery.

Halee Fischer-Wright said...

Outside, in the office, on the dining room table, at Starbucks, and at the writing guild

Nicole said...

On my bedroom floor or in the car (with a recorder).

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Kitchen table is my most usual spot (although I do a lot of writing in my head in the shower or out with the dogs :)) And YES - I miss the days of using any image you liked :)

Tracy Campbell said...

I use my laptop on my desk and sometimes when I'm lying on my back on the sofa. And when I'm out and about I use a note pad. Great poem, Peggy