A Writer’s Office Is… Anywhere

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Holding my “office” while pausing for a quick pic with my skaters <3

Last month I went to a week-long skating competition for my EDJ, and I’ll admit that for the first time I wasn’t 100% gung-ho thrilled to be going. I had final edits for ONE HOT SECOND, the latest Bitterthorn contemporary romance coming out in August from Carina Press. I was stuck in revision hell on a four-part contemporary romance miniseries I’m self-publishing later this year. I’m blocking out the next Bitterthorn book that I’d like to get done before summer is over (we’ll see about that one, *eye roll*). Work travel was going to drag me away from all that, and I wasn’t a happy camper.

As I sat at the plane’s gate getting my grump on, I spotted a guy thumb-typing on his phone, oblivious to the world.  I watched him out of the corner of my eye, thinking the dude had to be working on the world’s longest text message when it hit me—he probably wasn’t texting, but working. Right there, in the middle of airport madness.

So I got my phone out and started doing the same.

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My “office” during the competition = any available plug

It wasn’t as impossible as I thought. Normally I don’t like distractions around me when I write. But sometimes you just don’t have the luxury of being Little Miss Diva Fussybritches. If I wanted to get both my jobs done–and I did–I’d have to make my writing “office” anywhere… even if it was an airport or an ice arena.

Once I got that through my thick skull, it was like an internal switch was thrown. By the time we were scheduled to fly home, I had accomplished SO MUCH, and I was glad I’d had the experience. A future Bitterthorn book had a chapter-by-chapter outline. A sticking point in my current project had been ironed out, complete with dialogue. During the flight home, I wrote an entire chapter in a journal I had picked up along the way (talk about writer’s cramp, heh). Who knew that I could actually be retrained to work in a chaotic atmosphere?

I’ve come across comments of would-be writers, saying that they never have any writing time to get the job done. Before this trip, I understood that completely. But now I know better. An old dog (me 😉 ) can learn new tricks. So no more excuses. If you want to write, do it. Don’t wait for peace and quiet. Don’t wait for the perfect setting. “Perfect” is never going to happen, so just sit your butt in a chair—or a stool, or a lobby sofa or the freaking concrete floor beside an ice arena—and write.

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At the practice rink, writing.




A Writer’s Office Is… Anywhere — 7 Comments

  1. Kudos to you for taking your writing on the road. Last summer, on a 22 hour car ride across northern Ontario, I took my writing on the road, too. Literally. While my husband drove (plugged into his IPod so he was nice and quiet), I plotted out a series. When we arrived at our relatives’ house, I got up early and worked on the edits I’d received. Was it the ideal working environment? Not really, but it worked. You gotta do what you gotta do.

    • Jana, your story should be told at a writer’s seminar for inspiration on how to get things done! You are living proof that if you have the genuine fire to be an author, you’re capable of doing the job anywhere.

      Hmmm, now there’s a blog subject I’d love to read–“Where’s the strangest place/circumstance you’ve ever written?” Heh. 😀

  2. I love the whole writing everywhere concept, but not on my phone–I can barely make calls or check my email on it. I have to have a real keyboard and a real screen! :-) Great post.

    • Thanks, Liz! I was pleasantly surprised at what I was able to do on my phone. It was the one thing I always had with me, so when I had downtime I was able to get into that creative groove and get to work on what needed to be done. I’m still amazed my old brain can be retrained even at this late date!

  3. Awesome post, Stacy! Love the picture with you striking your pose, BTW. Priceless. 😉 I’ve always read everywhere I go, using my phone or Kindle. Only recently have I begun experimenting with doing the same with writing. Usually I’ll sketch out a scene using EverNote. However, I need to be more systematic about making my writing happen…no matter what. Thanks for sharing!

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