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Where to Write?

Where to Journal – an adventure

I drag my journal everywhere.  I like cafes, I like home, I like parks.  Enough about me.

Where do you like to journal?  Where and when are important questions to ask and once discovered, important spaces to protect?

If you don’t yet have the “perfect” journaling space, spend some time finding it. Experiment both with time and with space.

  • Write in the morning in the kitchen
  • Write in the afternoon in the dining room
  • Write in the evening in the living room.

Do you do better alone or writing surrounded with people like in a journal meet-up or in a café?

Do you write better in a crowded airport?

One student reported that she was far more productive writing at a table than lounging on her couch.

For a number of years, I moved around the Nevada County house.  I wrote at my old large desk on the first floor.  I wrote on a narrow  Parson’s table on the second. I wrote in the guest house.  Nothing really clicked.  When we made the serious, permanent move. I finally had it figured out.   I took a smaller desk (between the size of the Parson’s table and big desk)  to essentially the landing of the second floor.  The desk faced southwest and overlooked the cemetery a Memento Mori field.   This, finally, worked.

So what worked?  Windows, light and southern exposure.  I also need either utter quiet with background music of my choosing, or I need noise, like the aforementioned cafe.  Yet I don’t write well in airports or airplanes.

Laid out like this, your requirements may sound idiocentric, shouldn’t you be able to write anywhere, any time?  And those who can’t are simply delicate snowflakes who aren’t real writers?  Yes and no.  Mostly no.  Place and time matter.  Experiment with honoring that and record the results on your work.

Where is your best place to write?


Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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