As with any profession in the "ARTS!" there is the perfect location to do it! For the painter, there is the studio or the great outdoors. The same goes for writers when it comes to location and the question arises; Is there the perfect location to write?
For some, they prefer some quiet den or office space to get their creative juices flowing. And for some the kitchen or dining room table is a good location. This is usually the case for writers just starting out. The dining room was once my choice and still is from time to time. However, having been a fine artist with my own studio, I found that to be my main location to write, as it is today! My studio has moved from the studio/gallery in downtown Rodeo, New Mexico to my new studio at home, made from a new converted 16' x 20' storage shed! What is most important about all of these former and current locations is the atmosphere that best sets my mood to write! Eight published novels and three short story books to date! I need to have a place that doesn't have a lot of distractions, although, sometimes distractions can be helpful, by presenting ideas or answering questions! So, because of that I often like to vary my location from just working from my studio. So where are those other locations?
I travel to Tucson a lot and when I have free time there, I use Starbucks for my writing location!
Nobody bothers me there and the atmosphere and a large Mocha Grande, works well for me there! I even got the last name for one of my characters there once. I needed a last name for Megan and looking out the window while thinking about names that go with Megan, I spied a jewelry store. Marshall's Jewelry! Thus, Megan Marshall came to be on that day, at that location!
More recently I have found a new local restaurant in Rodeo, where I go on Saturday's to have lunch and do a little writing! The Sky Island Grill & Grocery has become my latest location away from my normal studio to do some of my writing. What makes it a fitting place for writing is, it's location!
The Sky Island Grill and Grocery, is located on Portal Road at a similar location that my fictional "Mountain View Restaurant" is located, in my science fiction series, "The BOX Series"! Although, it doesn't have a full bar or extraterrestrials hanging out there, they do make pretty delicious food, as was the Rubin Sandwich pictured above, I had, while writing there yesterday! Once they get their beer and wine license, who knows if the characters from my series might start hanging out there?
So, what is this article all about? It’s about LOCATION! I wanted to point out to those who are seeking a career in writing, but may not have the perfect location yet, that there are always alternatives! If you don’t have the perfect location at home, create an area where you can work and don’t be afraid to seek out other locations where you can sit and write outside of your home! Find, places that suit your needs as a writer and you'll most likely find your inspiration there, as well! And most importantly, don't be afraid to mix up your locations from time to time! How best to write about life than placing yourself in various locations where you can observe it as well!
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