Good morning, everyone!
We are ready to take a drive today. You see, Prix's Writer's Nest is not in her home.. Are you ready? The bus is running and the AC is running.
This space is away from windows, which gives my eyes a chance to relax since they are sensitive to light. Also, it is away from home. If I attempt to write at home, there are too many distractions that pull me away from writing—dishes and laundry to wash, sweeping, dusting, animals to care for, food to prepare, etc. When I write in my little corner of Subway, the distractions are no longer present, and I accomplish what I set out to do. And the light background music and quiet chatter provide the much needed “white noise” that helps me focus.
Finding my writing space has been a journey on its own. Over the years, it has evolved from writing on my bed or at our public library, to a table at McDonald’s, then one at Subway. I wrote on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Subway in our local Wal-Mart when my children were younger, and that worked well for a while. However, the background noise became too overwhelming, and I eventually sought out a new space at our stand-alone Subway on Main Street. Funnily enough, my daughter eventually landed her first job at that Subway, and when I went there to write, it was also an opportunity for the two of us to bond any time she had caught up on her work.
Personally, I would change the décor back to the old style. I tend to respond to warm and dark colors, partly because it sets the tone for what I write. My novels take place in the forest, and surrounding myself with forest colors anchors me in that world. Alternately, I would create a home office separate from the house that would function much like my current nest. However, knowing me, I would still allow myself to be distracted by every task left undone in my house. At present, writing away from home works best.
Thanks for taking us on a tour. I think I'll sit over there and have a sandwich.. I'm way behind on my next book.