Strangest Places You Write

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Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:05 pm Post

The previous back and forth with Amber raised my curiosity about where other writers write and what they use to create. We live in a time where mobile devices allow us to write almost anywhere. Of course that has almost always been true for those of us who prefer pen and paper. But it seems that now, more than ever, our writing rooms can come with us wherever we may roam.

What about you?

I'll start, since it's my post. The oddest place I've written was sitting on my stomach in our hallway, guarding the door to my daughter's bedroom when she was a toddler. Of our four, she was the child who simply would not go to bed. So for maybe three months, I spent about an hour every night making sure she stayed in her room until she finally fell asleep. During this time, on my laptop, I wrote an entire novel.

I have also written 500+ word articles (that were late) on a laptop, sitting on the side of the road in my truck.

My favorite place to write today is the hour I spend each Tuesday at my son's piano lesson. It's so peaceful there and the music seems to stimulate my creativity. In this case I use the WriteRoom app on my iPad with a ZAGG/mate keyboard.

So where do you write and what do you use?

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Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:09 pm Post

The places I never write:
- at home
- in an office

All my writing is done on the move. I actually like to write in a couple of different mediums to suit my mood. Two of these are on me at all times during the regular working week for stolen moments I can find:
1) a work laptop (Windows) with Scrivener, notepad, Word and Excel on it.
2) a Smythson notebook (A4) and a waterman gentleman fountain pen with a medium nib

So in terms of places it's hotels, cafes, and trains. There is a BBQ joint I like which shows American sports and plays blues music where I sometimes sit and write with a beer and a basket of wings.
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Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:03 pm Post

When I worked with the soccer team, and had access to the stadium 24/7, I used to go up to the rafters and write..

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Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:36 pm Post

I had to look up what a Smythson notebook was. Beautiful.

And a big giant stadium has some serious possibilities, although I'm not sure about comfort. Depends on where you plant yourself. This from a guy who wrote on the floor for several months. :)

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Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:22 pm Post

Probably the strangest place I've written recently was at a picnic table in a campground, scribbling away in my Soul Skin with a Lamy Safari fountain pen. (Although I own a number of fountain pens, most of which are at least twice the price, my fine-point Safari is my new favorite pen.)

I also write in coffee shops and restaurants, at a sushi bar, at my desk, in the living room while sitting on the sofa and watching TV with my family, and once while sitting on the bathroom floor. (I was trying not to wake my partner.) Anywhere and everywhere, I suppose, though writing in a moving vehicle is more difficult than I'm willing to deal with.
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Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:29 pm Post

At some bus stop shelter in Northeast Portland with a fold-out keyboard and a Palm Pilot perched on a dictionary. I guess the point being, "wherever it needs to happen". :)
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Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:58 pm Post

AmberV wrote:At some bus stop shelter in Northeast Portland with a fold-out keyboard and a Palm Pilot perched on a dictionary. I guess the point being, "wherever it needs to happen". :)


Nice. I've used my Nintendo DS using DSOrganize to jot down ideas. :)
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Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:26 pm Post

garpu wrote:
AmberV wrote:At some bus stop shelter in Northeast Portland with a fold-out keyboard and a Palm Pilot perched on a dictionary. I guess the point being, "wherever it needs to happen". :)


Nice. I've used my Nintendo DS using DSOrganize to jot down ideas. :)


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Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:58 pm Post

garpu wrote:Nice. I've used my Nintendo DS using DSOrganize to jot down ideas. :)


Do they have a cartridge for that?
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Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:04 pm Post

AmberV wrote:
garpu wrote:Nice. I've used my Nintendo DS using DSOrganize to jot down ideas. :)


Do they have a cartridge for that?


Sorta. You've got to use a flash cartridge. I've got an old R4 (before they started to suck) There's some really nifty homebrew software. Here's DSOrganize's webpage: http://dsorganize.dragonminded.com/
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Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:06 pm Post

Nice. :)
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Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:30 pm Post

AmberV wrote:At some bus stop shelter in Northeast Portland with a fold-out keyboard and a Palm Pilot perched on a dictionary. I guess the point being, "wherever it needs to happen". :)


Which makes me wonder if there are many actual writing rooms left. We all seem to writing everywhere but at a great mahogany desk, surrounded by a library of books, draped in a red velvet smoking jacket, pipe hanging from our mouth as we scribble on tattered parchment with feather quill.

Actually, in that situation, I think I'd be taking a nap... (I just bored myself)

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Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:43 pm Post

This is, by the way, EXACTLY how I imagine Vic writes.

Not that I spend much of my free time thinking about Vic.

<coughs>

Blimey, is it that time already? I'd best be off...
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Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:03 pm Post

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Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:25 pm Post

My study.

(Strange according to other people. Me, I think it's normal to have a bucket of well-used swords to hand and a library of occult tomes handy on the shelf.)