As a beginning writer I use to think writers who had funny little habits were nuts. They talked about the right pen or the correct notebook to write in. Don’t get me wrong I am an office supply nut like so many writers. I have my favorite notebooks for note taking at meetings, and for school ideas and creative ideas. The habit that I found odd was the one of place.
I have read so many writers books on writing and often I have found the line -have a set time and place to go to when you are writing. The Writers Way talks about morning papers – get up, find your spot and write first thing in the morning. So many encourage writers to have a writing routine. Find that same time and place and your ideas will find you.
Well, this year I seem to have join the crowd of writers with a special place to write. I can be all over the house unsure what to write or say. I walk around, scan web sites, try new places and feel lost – unsure what to write. Then I finally take my computer, curl up on my side of the bed frustrated. I open up my blog site and within a few minutes have several thoughts about what I might like to try writing about. I think it is odd but I am not complaining.
It appears I have built a writing habit, a routine that works for me. I have a place where I can find ideas, a place that helps me focus my thinking and lets me write.
Do you have a writing location? A writing habit that works for you? Have you helped your students build a writing location to help them build their writing skills?
I would love to hear what other writers do and think about writing routines.