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!