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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Where Is My Favorite Writing Space?

Clam Beach at sunset, north of Arcata, CA. Photo by B.C. Matthews
My favorite writing spot happens to be among the giant coastal Redwoods of California and on the cold and overcast beaches of the North Coast. I can't tell you how many times I've dipped half a leg in the freezing waters of the Pacific, paper and pen in hand. There's something about the calming, never ending roar of waves breaking on shore, the bubbly hiss as the waves retreat away from glittering silica sands that just puts you in a Zen-writing frame of mind.

I've spent uncountable hours of my life hiking among the moss covered, fog-drenched fern canyons, backpack full of writing necessities: pen, paper, sandwiches, and the occasional Capri-Sun. I used to hike all by myself, and since I'd familiarized myself with many trails, it was one of the most stress relieving activities ever. The forests are void of the sounds of an urban atmosphere, but are by no means quiet. The redwoods seem to have a life and breath all their own.

Arcata Community Forest, and my second favorite place to write. Photo by B.C. Matthews

It's fantastic. It's perfect for writing. Calming. The most distracting thing is a sudden drizzle of rain, or the fog rolling in.

I also don't live there anymore. Nowhere even close.

I've since moved away from the middle-of-nowhereland of the North Coast and I now live smack dab in the middle of a city, now 2-3 hours away from the nearest patch of semi-quiet beach (not including the zany, try-not-to-get-killed kind of traffic). My writing places have grown successively less outdoorsy.

The sad thing is that my most productive writing space is now in the Day Job's breakroom. I normally take my lunch period long after most employees, and so I frequently have the room all to myself (that is whenever coworkers decide not to interrupt me about something work related even while off the clock). It is by no means my favorite place to write, and is still filled with dozens of distractions, but I've learned to use this space and time wisely.

Still on the search for my writing space. Maybe, I'll create my own nook somewhere.

But if I had a Fantasy Writing Space indoors, it would be in a study full of dark bookshelves and wide open windows, with lush rugs on the floor and one Giant Comfy Chair. 

This topic brought to you by the always popular Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour. Come join us and meet writers from all over the globe, in many different genres, in all walks of life who write like mad, crazy, insane people full of awesome. This month's blog pimpage goes to fellow Merry-Go-Round blogger D. Jordan Redhawk and her fantastic writing space.

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At March 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM , OpenID dmbonanno.com said...

I love the dream space. :) And I'm in the same situation. But it really doesn't matter where we write, just that we do. If we can write at work, we can write anywhere. Keep dreaming of the nice places - the few times we can get them, they keep the dreams alive.

 

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