Where do you write?

Where do you write?

I have read many articles and blogs about treating your writing as your job. Which of course, it is if you are trying to make money from it! These articles and blogs talk about setting up a space in your house, or even to rent an office, where you can go to write.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot do this. For one, our house is simply not big enough for me to have a dedicated place. And for two, I believe that as writers we have the absolute luxury of taking our writing wherever we go. Laptops, journals, pens, books are all so easily transported. If it is a nice day out, then go write in the park! If it is wet and miserable then curl up on the couch. Where ever you are comfortable is where you should write! When it comes to writing, I think being relaxed and comfortable is more important then a set spot you write every day. Not only that but a change in scenery can be key to overcoming writers block and prompting your creativity.

I do not dispute the need to treat your writing as a job and try to stick to regular hours during the day, and not slacking off. But the plus of working from home is you can pick and choose your hours and where you work. As long as you get the work done!

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I was recently on a family trip away, and when inspiration struck I had my computer there to tap away on for an hour or so. The view from where I was writing was breathtaking. We were staying right on the river, and were surrounded by the native Australian bush. It was quiet, peaceful, and calm. The words flowed out of me as swift and true as the river in front of me.

I have said it a million times, and I will say it again. Writing is a very individual process; you need to find what works for you. If it is setting up an office space, then do so. If, like me, you enjoy taking your work with you and writing wherever you end up then embrace it! Use everything around you to inspire and create.

So where do you write? I would love to see a photo or hear about your writing space and where you go to create!

How Much is Too Much Social Media?

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I have found lately that I am spending all my time on social media. Whether it is updating my accounts, posting, or browsing other peoples’ profiles and pages, it takes up a big chunk of my day. When my writing time comes at a premium and I really need to be optimising it, I have come to the conclusion that something needs to change.

I was reading an article by Jane Friedman, “Why you should join all social media Networks” when it hit me. I don’t need to be constantly updating and posting on my social media accounts. Simply having the accounts help to create an online presence and reputation. Jane Friedman explains it well in this article, and it is something I am now going to follow.

So, my advice, don’t worry about constantly updating and obsessing over your social media accounts. Set up weekly email alerts so that you are notified when there is online activity on your sites, and try not to let the time you spend on them cut into your writing time.