Welcome to another Tuesday Blog Hop with Romance Writers Weekly! Betty Bolte starts the conversation this week:
Our surroundings influence our mood and view of the world as much as setting in any story. What is the view outside your window, or what would you like the view to be?
If you’ve joined me from Tracey Gee, hello! Isn’t she a hoot?
As I write this post, this is my writing view. I write with my laptop on my knees in the living room (thanks goodness the TV is in another room or I’d never get anything done) and I’ve just washed the floor in the kitchen/dining area so all the chairs are keeping me company. If you look close you’ll see Gilligan, our cat, on her stool looking out the window.
I totally agree with Betty that our surroundings influence our moods, and they certainly can influence our writing. However, a professional doesn’t have the luxury of writing only when the atmosphere is perfect. I’m lucky in that my main writing background is TV commercials, and for most of my career I’ve worked in big open offices with lots of other people and plenty of distractions. That makes it easy for me to write wherever and whenever I need to.
I do find, though, that if I am stuck on a scene, sometimes moving to a different space can help me break through the block. And over the years I’ve written in quite a few different locations, not just at home but on camping trips, while waiting for Only Son to be done sports practices, and others. I’ve included a few of my favourites here.
Time for me to pass you on the next in line, Carolyn Spear. Happy Tuesday!