Where do you get your best writing done?

I admit it: this is a writing prompt that I pulled off of a web page.  It’s all good, though.  I think it’s great to write about random things.  I have been thinking that I need to write every day.  Even though I really write all day at work, management communication and technical writing are not very creative.  When I need to write well, I do always have to create a good “writing environment.”  I basically have different writing environments: home and library.

When I’m at home, I like to sit at my dining room table, facing the window that looks over my very busy neighborhood.  While I am writing, I can see the number 7 subway trains going back and forth, full of people.  If I have the windows open I can hear the automated train announcement: “This is a Manhattan-bound 7 local train.  The next stop is 69th Street.  Stand clear of the closing doors, please.”  Usually, I shut the windows and turn on the fan or air conditioner.  I write better when I am not distracted by the outside noise.

Sometimes, I like to go to my school’s campus at Rutgers University-Newark when I have to get some voluminous academic writing done.  I love the Dana library on Saturdays and Sundays.  Usually, if I go to the fourth floor, there is no one else around.  I get the entire floor to myself!  I like to sit at the big table that seats four people and spread all of my books, notebooks, and papers around.  I look like an old professor working on something very important.  This serves to intimidate any undergraduates that might walk in and want to sit there to talk.  This is a time that I usually turn my phone off.  I can get so much work done in this environment.

Having a writing environment is important.  I wonder what it is that makes us write better in certain settings?  Maybe we just feel more comfortable and need less time to warm up.  A few minutes ago, I decided that I really wanted to write a blog post.  It’s nearly 1 AM so there isn’t much reason to do so.  But now that I have done it, I am quite happy with myself.  Good night!

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