Your Writing Environment....

Writing is a passion many people experience after reading Tolkien's works. Come here to discuss and share your experiences with writing.

Your Writing Environment....

Postby RobertEvert » Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:08 pm

It's been a while since I've posted here. So if this has been discussed before, please forgive me. I looked, but didn't find anything.

Share your ideas for creating the ultimate writing environment....

For example, my room has to be dark with a desk lamp (full spectrum light bulb, of course) pointing at my crumb-encrusted keyboard. I have to have a hot cup of tea (tea of inquiry or green tea) next to me.

How about you all? What works for you?
User avatar
RobertEvert
Shield Bearer

 
Posts: 144
Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:38 am
Location: Ohio
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby PatriotBlade » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:12 pm

My dream Writing Room, would be small, not well lit, and house my immense, denim upholstered loveseat (it's very cooshy and comfy). It would probably be set catercorner, with a lamp behind it. It would have to have at least one window with a decent view and it would be wallpapered with movie posters, my homemade posters(collections of pictures I like "scrapbook-ed" into poster form), and my framed inspirational sayings. I would have to have a coffee table, probably something sturdy like the one my parents had when I was growing up (my dad made it out of a LARGE piece of driftwood my dad found), a couple candles. This room would also be my "library", so I wouldn't have to go far when I needed to research something for my stories.
User avatar
PatriotBlade
Ranger of the North


 
Posts: 4370
Joined: Fri Jan 04, 2002 2:03 pm
Location: My own crazy, mixed up world.
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby elora » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:40 am

Hmmm...there's the environment I would lust after and the one I know works.

What I wish would work

A large, airy office, replete with lots of light, comfortable places to work or take break at. Wooden floor boards, carpets, interesting art works and curios, artefacts. Wide expanse of a desk and some sort of perfect chair yet to be invented. Coffee, snacks, nibbles. A whiteboard and flip chart for brain storming. A long leather couch for deliberating. Gigantic middle eastern lanterns and cushions to add an air of mystery to beguile the senses. A huge big window, at least one, preferably many, looking out over some sweeping vista. Sometimes a mountain view down upon the valley, sometimes a sea view out over the tropical nirvana I call home, sometimes a forest view into the ancient antipodean wonders that surround me. Raked ceiling soaring over head. Music floating about, not too loud or soft, and able to be psychically fit to mood to either inspire or drive creative forces.

The depressing reality of what I know works

The less sensory input the better. No sweeping views, no comfy places to kick back, no music, no coffee and snacks to fiddle and procrastinate with. A laptop, usually in my lap. Writing as I sit on the bed, focused with frightening intensity until my head and fingers hurt at the same time. A view, anything picturesque, spells disaster. I can't help myself. I am a visual person. No distractions, no interruptions, no breaks. I can write in this way for hours - an entire day, stretch my aching muscles, and then most of the night.

No one said it had to be good writing. :P

What ensures it is acceptable writing is collaboration with other writers I have trust and regard for. At least one, no more than three. New ideas, new perspectives, brainstorming and story boarding. So I suppose I would add an itsy bitsy whiteboard to jot down the arc as we throw ideas about.
User avatar
elora
Ranger of the North

 
Posts: 3402
Joined: Sun May 13, 2001 4:31 pm
Location: Dancing twixt southern stars
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby jilbo_baggins_revisited » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:57 pm

I like it dark and dreary, all I need is a nice roomy glass desk grouping by a window. The bright white glow of my computer screen serves me well during the day or at night and succeeds in keeping me focused on it. My walls are whitewashed sky blue and there is only one lamp in the room on a far wall, it is mostly used if my printer needs ink refills or to see if my router is online.

There is a small dvd player propped in a corner which I use if I need inspiration or to keep from blacking out if I haven't slept much. Plus a single cup coffee maker - which is essential in my seemingly aimless plight to write >-O

I have alot of writing software so I'd be screwed if the power went out since I don't remember how to use a pencil or pen. :P
User avatar
jilbo_baggins_revisited
Citizen of Imladris
 
Posts: 20
Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:26 pm
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby Cyblade Silver » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:50 am

I have a fairly stripped-down writing tools: a tablet, some sheets of notebook paper, a ball-point pen, and extra ink cartridges for same. It has the nice bonus of being portable, so I can work in pretty much any room of the house. I do prefer working in a quiet place, though, one by a table that I can set my tablet on.
User avatar
Cyblade Silver
Petitioner to the Council
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:37 am
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby Frelga » Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:17 pm

Cyblade, do you then type your writing into a digital format, or do you remain loyal to paper?

If I waited for an environment, I'd never finish a sentence. I haven't actually tried to write while hanging upside down from a tenth floor window over a busy street, but I suspect that I could probably manage a few paragraphs before I fainted.
Image
"You start running they'll never let you stop. You stand up, push back... Can't say no forever right?"
―Steve Rogers, Captain America: The First Avenger
User avatar
Frelga
GNU Terry Pratchett

 
Posts: 9221
Joined: Tue Jul 22, 2003 12:05 pm
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby Cyblade Silver » Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:13 am

I do transcribe what I've got written, when I get the time, yes.
User avatar
Cyblade Silver
Petitioner to the Council
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:37 am
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby elora » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:51 am

Sadly, what I would lust after and what is effective are two vastly different beasts.

To wit:

An effective environment would have no windows for me to gaze out of, no internet or cell reception, moderate light and an ambient temprature of roughly 25c. The sussuration of waves, or any such environmental panaceas, would be out of the question. As would the hammock under the palm tree, the endless supply of exotic cocktails served by beautiful people who don't speak my language and don't care, and the monkey waving a palm frond over my scholarly brow to keep it cool.

Or, in other words: Insight. Sucks. :|
User avatar
elora
Ranger of the North

 
Posts: 3402
Joined: Sun May 13, 2001 4:31 pm
Location: Dancing twixt southern stars
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby prmiller » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:07 am

I write in bus stops, blizzard beat,
on lawns that seem untouched by heat;
in coffee shops, and noisy bars,
on picnic tables roofed with stars.
I write for this what I am,
while sipping tea with toast and jam,
and pillage tissue boxes, for
I need to rest from colds once more,
yet out comes paper and a pen,
and one brief rhyme turns into ten.

So life is my environment,
for writing things my dreams invent.

...and finding it difficult to leave the poem alone,
I escape,
Parm :)
Variations on a theme: winter here in Calgary...and elsewhere?

Image
User avatar
prmiller
I am Parm: Servant of Eru, Bard of Imladris

 
Posts: 7241
Joined: Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:04 am
Location: Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
Top

Re: Your Writing Environment....

Postby earendil81 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:26 am

I seem to be a little like parm although I would not be able to phrase it as elegantly/poetically.

I have a little notebook I carry around everywhere with me - courtesy of my husband who offered three to me a couple of xmas ago and I am down to the end of the last one - and I write whenever I can; in the bus/streetcar (if it's not shaky enough otherwise I get nauseous :P ), subway, in the car (when not driving :P ), at the office if inspiration strikes and won't leave me alone, or at the coffee shop or restaurant, even when doing tourist visits :P .
Outside sitting in the grass or inside (like now) on the sofa with music playing on the computer... either way.

I think my favourite place to write remains at my grandparents' house in Provence; whether I write by the swimming pool when it gets too hot or in the shade of the tree by the house or even in the middle of the lavender fields when I decide on a field trip :P this place has always inspired me. Its peacefulness and serenity, the buzzing of bees and the silence one can find there makes it my perfect space. So sad I haven't been able to go there since summer 2011. Oh well it's life.
Never forgetting those who have passed into the West :rose:

Sharing a story with Rholarowyn: Once There Were Words

Laesha is taking her first steps in the RP world with Eilathen and a bunch of great characters in The Expected Party
Fan of Redemption: the Reckoning

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good.


It's funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can't get to me at all
It's time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I'm free
User avatar
earendil81
In Love & Light

 
Posts: 5281
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2002 8:09 am
Location: Somewhere beyond the sea
Top


Return to Writing: The Scriptorium of Imladris

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests