MAYBE YOU ALREADY have your dream set up to write, if so I envy you. I sure as hell don’t and while it is a skill and necessary to be able to write in less than ideal circumstances (there’s a quote for that somewhere from someone who wrote a book once, maybe several times). I’ve heard of renowned writer’s battering typewriters in sheds, in offices, sitting down, standing up, in libraries, in coffee shops and so on.
We all have a tolerance level for noise and what it can do to the creative process. Personally, the prospect of writing in the nook of a coffee shop makes me go numb. While you may have numerous characters to include in a story right there before you, the distraction of coffee machines, frothers, the chit chat and openness of it all would decimate my productivity. For me solitude is ideal, with as little noise as possible, no one entering and leaving the room.
So what about the dream? What’s your dream scenario? Here’s mine:
That house actually exists – called Clingstone – built on a rock on the east coast of America (Rhode Island). The interior is as amazing as the location. Maybe it speaks a lot about my personality, but I couldn’t imagine anywhere more badass to churn out some books. Add in the Bond villainesque quality to the place and it’s ideal. Only the most devoted and determined Jehovah’s Witnesses would make it out there.
What about inside? Well, I don’t really care about kitchens etc. Every writer knows the office is the key place, that’s where the stories come alive. The following image is pretty much ideal to me. Dark enough, not too much distraction, a lot of spines to look at for inspiration in the good times, a lot of books to hate when the words stutter.
And in my ideal office I’d have two computers (wow, what an imagination you think sarcastically…). One would be offline, no internet at all, purely for typing and the other would be used for blogging, social networking and all that. There would be a landline phone for important chats with overly enthusiastic double glazing salesmen.
So that’s my ideal; remote house, perfect office. Not complicated, but then writing shouldn’t be.