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emilyjohnson from New York October 27, 2015 - 1:35am

Where do you write, guys?

I mean... your writing space. Is it organized by the rulebook?

Recently I decided to increase productivity at my workplace. I'm freelancer writer and I work at home :)  I heard of a workplace organization, all those things about how it influenced your work, but I've never done it.

I just want to ask you, guys, where do you write your books and how you influence your productivity?

P.S. By the way, my first steps in the organization I collected in infographic: http://omnipapers.com/ways-to-organize-your-home-writing-cabinet-infogra...
I think, my little experience will be interesting for someone :) It really works

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami October 27, 2015 - 8:54pm

It depends on whether I'm wanting to write short fiction or novels. For novels I prefer a cluttered desk, and an improved focus word processor environment in my desired color scheme.

For short fiction I prefer a moleskin notebook and nothing else on my desk. Perhaps a notebook of my illustrations as well. I find that short fiction is an altogether different discipline that requires more concentration for me and meant to be written slower.

As short fiction is basically poetry without the line break for me. I think like a song writer: strict syllabic structure and rhyme scheme. More often I actually rest on my belly in my bed to write.

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MagnusRex October 28, 2015 - 10:47pm

I used to have a dedicated writing space. Lately, with kids & family life, I've found it hard to sit there & write or keep it organized. This impacted my output for quite a while, i.e., not writing because I "didn't have the dedicated time".

I finally found this situation unacceptable, so I started trying to write whenever I could. Flash writing, if you will. It was actually kind of easy to acclimate to, since I was in one of those creative periods where ideas for my WIP were flowing. Usually I'm one of those meditative, "do not disturb" types. But I took to using my random down time during my days and wrote for 5, 20, 60 min. at a time.

One of the benefits I found was being able to mold/expand on material at night I'd jotted down earlier that day. I.e., every evening I had *some* fresh material to work on.

It's no substitute for hours of uninterrupted writing time, but it can keep you moving in the right direction and ready for those precious contiguous hours. Regardless of your writing space & time, I think this flash writing method is a useful skill to cultivate, because you can always keep productive and keep your projects moving forward rather than waiting for those "sacred, undisturbed" writing hours.

Another benefit is developing the ability to focus and write regardless of what's going on around me. I no longer *need* a wide berth to create, at least, not for a lot of the journey.

So yeah, I know it's unhealthy, but my current "official" writing space is on my laptop in bed at night.

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davidheath23 from Brescia, Italy is reading Brave New World October 29, 2015 - 8:45am

I guess I don't follow any of those conventions. I write late at night in my work office where I can be my moodiest, not be disturbed and look around at the things that inspire me to write transgressive fiction.

I might be upgrading my space to laying on a couch with my laptop though.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal November 1, 2015 - 8:06am

Writing new stuff I can do wherever, probably. Revising, I really prefer my desk where I have a computer with three monitors. Having at least two is SO much better.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami November 1, 2015 - 3:37pm

Oh another thing is I like changing scenary. Call it the method actor in me. Though it inevitably changes what I write now because I'm physically incapable of doing things I want my characters to do. Like go head to head with an army of robot zombies.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore November 3, 2015 - 9:17am

Cool infographic. Here and here are some threads about this from a few years ago with pics. 

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lizlazzara from Boston, MA is reading The Kills, To Show and To Tell, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Understanding Schizophrenia. December 9, 2015 - 12:05pm

My writing space (currently) is a cheap desk and chair that I bought from WalMart. I cleaned all the clothes out of my closet, and put the desk in there. I could use a good desk lamp, and probably a plant (though I do have a tendency to kill those). The top of my list right now is a white board. But I'm happy with the set-up. I don't have an extra room to turn into an office, and using my bedroom as a workspace gives me the privacy and comfort I need to get things done. 

That said, I'm currently writing on my boyfriend's couch while he and his roommates are at work. So I'm open to change.