I’m in the middle of my latest WIP, The Devlin Witch, and when I’m writing I tend to avoid reading fiction. I find that it interferes with finding my own writing rhythm. So while writing I tend to read mostly non-fiction. Earlier in the week I read Stephen King’s On Writing.
He was exceedingly honest and I really enjoyed the book, but there were a few parts that sorta blew my mind, and not in a good way.
The first was that he said in order to write, he recommends that writers establish a sort of writing cave. One place that was devoted primarily to writing, preferably one with a door.
And this is where I laughed.
Do you know where my special writing place is?
~It’s on a plastic chair, my feet propped up on another plastic chair, while ten little girls “shuffle” to blaring Irish dancing music while the teacher shouts “Lift higher!” and “Kick your butt!”
~It’s in the crowded hallway outside religious ed, where people inevitably stop and ask me what I’m doing. I try not to answer directly if I’m in the midst of writing a steamy sex scene.
~It’s on a crowded commuter train where someone munching on popcorn always seems to sit next to me.
In other words, Stevie, my special writing place is EVERYWHERE. And if I could only write in the beautiful home office that we just refurbished I sure as hell wouldn’t be working on my sixth novel. I am writing this blog in my family room, where my husband is puttering around the kitchen and asking whether I want tea (Yes, DH, after I finish this blog) and my daughter is watching Netflix on my iPad less than one foot from my ear.
I think the one reason why Stephen can retreat to his writing cave is because Stephen King has a WIFE!
Another thing that made me laugh is where Stephen recommended that writers who are serious about their craft devote several hours a day to reading and writing. You know what that sounds like to me, Steve. It sounds like heaven. It also sounds a wee bit unrealistic for those of us who haven’t yet retired to Florida.
I know I haven’t reached the heights of Stephen King, and I likely (very likely I suppose) never will, but here’s some advice aspiring writers that you might find a little more useful. Write whenever and wherever you can. It will take focus, it will take an ability to block out distractions, but if you wait for the perfect place, perfect time, I suspect you’ll be waiting a long, long time.
Hub, I think I will have that cup of tea now.
About the Author:I have always been a bookworm and had always meant to write a novel “someday.” You know, when I won the lottery and could live in beach house and look out onto the water and feel inspired. Four years ago I decided to stop waiting for my winning lottery ticket and sat down and started writing in between work and family obligations, I piled the words on top of each other until they formed sentences, paragraphs, chapters and eventually a book. The House on Prospect is my second novel. My first, a contemporary romance, Gold Coast Wives, was published in November 2011. The first book of my paranormal trilogy, Devil’s Mountain -- Book One of the Devlin Legacy, is due to be published in June 2012. While I’ve hopped around genres, all of my books to date have a common theme: strong women handling what life throws at them the best way they can.
My website is http://bernadettewalsh.com. I am on twitter under BWalshWriter and my facebook fan page is Bernadette Walsh Author.