Working girl

Before I started writing books myself, I always pictured “the quintessential writer” as the following:

This is a still from the 1945 film Leave Her to Heaven. Cornel Wilde, “the writer,” is hard at work with his lovely (turning out to be total lunatic) wife, played by the amazing Gene Tierney, standing by his side. What you can’t see is that they are sitting in a beautiful lakeside cabin deep in the woods. This is where Wilde’s character goes for inspiration and can sit for hours just typing away, crafting his next great masterpiece without a care in the world.

This is not what it looks like when I write. I don’t go to a cabin of any kind and my handsome husband is not standing by my side, smiling down at me with pride and utter amazement at my abilities.

I identify more with this woman:

As for the environment around me, I don’t have one “writing work spot,” per se. At night I’ll work on the couch. But during the day, I’ll write whenever I can. This means I’ve written in the following places:



On bleachers during soccer practice

In the cafeteria during gymnastics practice

In a plastic chair during swimming practice

Waiting rooms, lots and lots of waiting rooms

In the back seat of my van

In Arizona looking at this:

Ironically, I got the least amount of writing done there. I guess I was too busy admiring the beauty.

Where do you write?

Images from wikipedia and Writers in the Storm


  1. Merry Bond

    April 13th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Nope, I don’t think I could write in Arizona with a view like that either. I’ve got my cluttered desk, a mug of tea within easy reach and pads of paper to jot down notes and thoughts as they come to me. And silence. Absolute silence while my child is at school, and then near silence after she comes home and locks herself away in her room (I love teenagers!). I just need to stay away from the Hoyle Card Games.

  2. Emily

    April 17th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I find that inspiration often comes sitting in the kitchen, sitting in my office, or on walks with the pup. And then I have to run home and grab a piece of paper (or ten) to jot down all of my ideas.

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