Most of my writing happens at my desk, in my room. I have a view of the garden, a pair of speakers, and a swivel chair (albeit somewhat broken). All in all, it’s not the worst place to write, though I could do with a bigger desk – mine’s technically just a dresser – and a chair which doesn’t clank, squeak, and make disconcerting ‘clunk’ noises whenever I lean back.
I’m one of those people who, if the mood takes, will write anywhere. On a plane, in a café, sneakily in class, at the library… Generally, I write using Scrivener on my laptop, but if I’m not able to take a laptop somewhere, I’ll just use my notebook. And if I don’t have that, I’ll use my phone!
Back before I found out about Scrivener (which is an amazing piece of writing software which I hold very dear to my heart), I did just use Microsoft Word; the negatives of this are that once you get past the first few thousand words, the document takes very long to load. It also isn’t at all easy to keep up with where you are in your novel, or where chapters/scenes are. You end up having to scroll up and down on a lagging document, desperately trying to find something. Scrivener, on the other hand, has a ‘binder’ on the left hand side where you can keep every chapter in a new folder, and every scene in a new text document, and view either the entire manuscript, an individual chapter, or an individual scene on the right hand side. I tend to use the split-screen option, with the binder on the left, my manuscript in the middle, and leaping around from my notes to different scenes to character profiles (all of which are template options) on the right. It makes it so much easier!
I find that, for some reason, my optimum writing time is in the evenings. I don’t know why, but I always manage to write more in the evenings than if I sit at my laptop, document open all day. I don’t know whether it’s because I feel that I’ve done all the tasks I needed for the day, or whether it’s just the cover of darkness and the peace of an evening curl-up session, but the majority of my creative writing happens in the evenings.
A lot of people prefer to write in comfier clothes, and this is definitely something I agree with. I won’t go as far as pyjamas, because then I will just fall asleep, but easy jeans & a shirt, or leggings and a strappy top and I’m all set. This is probably one reason why writing in the winter months is a little easier than in the summer – you can cosy up in your jumpers, throw some thick, fluffy socks on and no-one can judge!
One final, very important factor is of course music. I constantly have Spotify open, playing whatever new music I’m obsessed with (currently Troye Sivan, Ellie Goulding and the one and only Adele). Though, having said this, sometimes pop just won’t get me in the right mind-frame, so when that happens, I’m all for soundtracks! Strangely, the Finding Nemo soundtrack is amazing to listen to for writing.
I hope you liked this little post; I know I can’t be the only one who loves knowing other people’s writing habits! Until next time…