The life and times of a happy go lucky blogger in London
Blogging: Where do you do it?
Categories: blogging mums, writing

Writing is really personal and it’s not just about headspace, we all need a physical space, and time, to do what we do.

I was really inspired by the photographs of Roald Dahl’s ‘writing hut’ which were published this week. And while the headlines were screaming about the £500k it would take to save the building for posterity, I was much more fascinated by the backstory which went along with it. This photo below shows the genius writer of many childrens’ classics installed in his literary writing chair. He looks as if he is comfortably seated in a hybrid nursery highchair-cum-bridge table, dispensing with rattle and feeding spoon and completing the ensemble with green baize and an ashtray. His room was littered with strange objets, photos, ashtrays and reminded me a little of the photos I have seen of Picasso’s studios. And then I thought of what lengths writers go to to find and create their spaces to write.

Writers are well known for their eccentricities and I think bloggers fall into that category too. But for most of us blogging is by no means a career and it has to fit in rather than be the central features of our lives.

It’s not just a matter of finding the time to write though. Is writing a blog post easy? Sometimes, when you’re in the flow, it’s an unstoppable stream of words that amounts to something great. But it’s not always the same, and sometimes it’s quite hard to keep up the momentum of writing.

Some things really catch my thoughts so much that I let them run around my head for a while and then I get the thought that I want to post them – these are usually the blog posts that fail to appear. And then, another idea doesn’t make it to the page. It becomes a silent period for one reason or another.

At the last Bloggers Meet Up I caught up with a few friends and we got talking about writers block and what kind of rituals we perform before we write, and also, where we go to write.

I tend to prefer to write at different times of the day, in different places.  My main writing places are; for the evening, my trustly old Chesterfield which I heap with cushions and balance my latoptop on my knees.  I usually have some candles lit, some twinkly fairy lights and the TV on in the background.  That’s when I tend to write my longer feature articles.

In the daytime, it’s a different matter altogether. I am much more ritualistic and work in the kitchen so I clean the place and put everything in order, then sit at my white table. It’s a multipurpose venue and serves as a writing desk, a book shelf and a great surface for taking photos – the room is really light so it feels like an artists studio.

And having asked around, I’m definitely assured that I am far from alone in needing to create a physical space to write, no matter how eccentric it may appear to others.

Penny Golightly has a small room that she squeezes into to whip up her creations
Viviana at TheLeantimes works from a multipurpose table -work by day and dining by night – and uses a laptop.

Julie Mahoney likes to sit in our basement at work which to her reminds her of being in a library and feels happy that she can write in relative peace and quiet without being disturbed and sent me this article about the Joy of Writing to inspire me.

How do you do it?

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