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Quiet time to write?

  1. tiginban profile image60
    tiginbanposted 7 years ago

    Where/how do you find quiet time to write?

    1. dutchman1951 profile image61
      dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Bookstore, at the window, with a coffee. take notes, watch people, write, brain storm ideas. spend a quiet morning.


      Jon

    2. Specialk3749 profile image60
      Specialk3749posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I carry a notebook of paper with me and when I get a few minutes, I can write.  I would love to have a room that was mine to be able to go to and read/write...maybe someday!

      1. Cagsil profile image59
        Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Another helpful tool......micro-casette or digital recorder, to have handy, so you can simply speak into it and save it.

        1. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
          Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          You are so right, I need to get back to that, it does work, I don't know how I got away from it.............

  2. R.Edwards profile image77
    R.Edwardsposted 7 years ago

    local library, although I do wish there were more computers. I wait until my roomates are not there and take all day on the computer, incredibly slow but with patience it gets done.

  3. Blake Flannery profile image90
    Blake Flanneryposted 7 years ago

    I like it loud, with music in my ears when I write.
    buy some in ear monitors and have it loud or quiet.  Earplugs  work for quiet.

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    BookFlameposted 7 years ago

    I've been at it for over 25 years and I have learned there are always distractions and interruptions, and that quiet and solitude can be absolutely unnerving and disquieting, if the writing isn't going well.  The only way I can write more or less consistently is to pretend I'm a receiver on a football team, catch (or recover) the ball of an idea, (which seems to come out of nowhere), and go as fast and as far as I can before something tackles me and I'm down.  But my feeling is, at least I made a few yards.  It's like that everyday. If you wait for "perfect writing conditions," you'll never write anything.

    1. Jeffrey Neal profile image86
      Jeffrey Nealposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I love it!big_smile

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      krwestposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Bookflame, your imagery about catching the football and running with it is great!  Thanks for sharing your perspective!

  5. EWealthGuide profile image61
    EWealthGuideposted 7 years ago

    I tell everyone in the house to turn the TV down, talk on the phone quiet, and don't interrupt me! then I lock myself in my office, and don't come out until I've accomplished what I wanted to do!

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    Janettaposted 7 years ago

    there is no such thing as quiet time in my house. If I can I put on my headphones, if not i just try to drown out the noise lol

  7. rebekahELLE profile image90
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    my home is very quiet during the day and some evenings, or I go outside so I can hear nature, feel the air. sometimes I take my notebook to a park near the water.

  8. pioneer_writer5 profile image60
    pioneer_writer5posted 7 years ago

    I usually wait until sometime that I either have the house to my self or everyone is in bed. But sometimes music becomes a muse for me as well as there are times in the day when I have to grab a pen because a thought comes to me.

    1. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
      Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      smile

  9. tiginban profile image60
    tiginbanposted 7 years ago

    What wonderful responses. Really gets you thinking how different we all are. My own quiet time is generally at the weekend, having spent some time outdoors.

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    LEWJposted 7 years ago

    Quiet time?      What the hell is that?

    1. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
      Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      roll  roll   roll

    2. Dame Scribe profile image61
      Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol so true. Have teenagers running amok here. I jus shut the door with my *Do not Disturb, Brainwork in Progess* sign on the door knob big_smile

  11. cally2 profile image61
    cally2posted 7 years ago

    My family hate mornings. I love the dawn. Get up early and procrastinate before everyone else gets up. Then when life comes banging through the doors write your best stuff.

  12. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
    Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago

    I get up before everyone, or I wait until they are all in bed,  then I take my tea pot out to the patio, sit on the bench swing and rock while I read Hubs or write,  the last two days I have dragged out my fur comforter and wrapped it around me, still out in the fresh air.  The birdsongs sometimes lulled me to sleep even if I just woke up, maybe it's too quiet???

  13. earner profile image85
    earnerposted 7 years ago

    My life is one long, never ending quiet time.

    I live alone, I work entirely online from home, I don't know anybody for miles so nobody interrupts. 

    I chose a place in a quiet area too.  I love the quiet.

  14. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    I try to get up before everyone else does, and take advantage of the time when I'm alone (rare!).

    I'm not making a dime, so often times I get discouraged and forget about writing hubs or articles and write my poems or journal.

  15. tiginban profile image60
    tiginbanposted 7 years ago

    big_smile Oh, and I like to write on the train too.

  16. hoodieweather profile image59
    hoodieweatherposted 7 years ago

    Actually, I think I get 60% of my writing done in my car while in a parking. Go figure.

    smile

    1. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
      Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I love that Hoodieweather, it is wise use of otherwise wasted time,  and being in line or waiting times really add up in our lifetime!

  17. myownworld profile image83
    myownworldposted 7 years ago

    early morning...once everyone is out of the house..and I can switch off my 'real' life for a while...and be alone with my thoughts...heaven!

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      If you are that stressed out that you have to differentiate between "real" and "heaven", in the aspect that you referred to....would make one thing that you are very troubled by your situation?

      I severely hope that isn't the case.

      1. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
        Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Cagsil,  take a quik moment and go to myownworld's hubs, you will be tremendously touched...I promise!

        1. myownworld profile image83
          myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          u're a darling deborah! smile

          1. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
            Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Just speaking the truth, MOW, knowing Cagsil, I believe he will find your work truly penitrating and thought provoking...he needs people who have deep thoughts around him....wink

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          bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I second that.  She is an amazing writer that will bring you places that you never knew existed...

  18. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    The amount of time you spend waiting in line is actually the best place to get creative, so you can keep your mind active and ready for when you get home and in front of your computer, so you can write more hubs.

    Any down time, not spent on hubs, can be productive, because as humans have yet to realize......on average, we don't pay close enough attention to routine tasks, which allows our minds to wonder(yes that can be dangerous, but it is an all-too-common-occurance).

    Always keep your mind's focus on your future. If you do not, then you'll stumble and everything else will fall apart.

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    bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago

    I do my best writing after everyone has gone to bed, and I am left alone with my thoughts and a glass or Captain's Private Stock by my side.

    1. myownworld profile image83
      myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol..ah...so now I know when to catch u at your best!

      (and thanks for your concern Cagsil, but my situation is quite to the contrary... it was a metaphoric way of speaking..cheers! smile

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        bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I'm always at my best when you're around.  You bring it out of me...

        1. myownworld profile image83
          myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          a charmer, my blood! how about we wait for everyone to go to bed first? wink

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            bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            You certainly are a naughty one aren't you?

            1. myownworld profile image83
              myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              well, I've never pretended otherwise my angel!!! wink

    2. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
      Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hey, that's my favorite too, Captain Morgan is a special reward for my special times - not too often......sadly!lol

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        bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I'm with you on that....

  20. Kidgas profile image78
    Kidgasposted 7 years ago

    It's pretty quiet in my house at 4 am.

  21. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    On a personal note:

    I always go to bed, my mind thinks up so many different things and I have trouble getting to sleep.

    So many ideas flood my mind, as I lay down and at times, I get up and write down whatever comes to mind....just a basis for writing...not everything in my mind.

    Just enough I can lay back down and sleep.

    Sometimes, I use other(tools), per se, to sleep.

  22. myownworld profile image83
    myownworldposted 7 years ago

    oh deborah....thanks darling...but I think we scared off the poor guy!! hey, Cagsil, come back and chill with us....smile

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      bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think he was scared off by deb saying that he would find your work penitrating!  That would scare me!

      1. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
        Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        OH blood, are you "scared a me"?  I don't think penetrating was quite my intended conotation, silly boy!smile

        Anyway, want a bet he'll be back?

        1. myownworld profile image83
          myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          ((((deb, blood has a devlishly dirty mind...don't let those eyes fool u))))

    2. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
      Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      no no, he's off reading, he will return with lots' to say, I'll bet...have more confidence...lol;)

  23. myownworld profile image83
    myownworldposted 7 years ago

    laughing...u two are quite something my friends! (deb and blood)
    my writing doesn't go with my pic actually.... it's the same in real life....amazing how people assess u by your appearance...and can never know what thoughts go on in your mind!

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      bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm the same way!  My picture hardly represents all of the thoughts of puppy dogs and ice cream dancing in my mind.

      1. myownworld profile image83
        myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        adds to your charm honey! it's like getting past those bloody eyes only to find thoughts of icecream within! such a relief i must say...

      2. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
        Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        big_smile  big_smile  big_smile

  24. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
    Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago

    Yes, blood, your the one who ran away last time I brought up strawberry ice cream  lol, let's not go there...lol

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      bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I couldn't help myself!

      1. Deborah-Lynn profile image81
        Deborah-Lynnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You were afraid to cross the line?  This is about quiet time and writing, does the time you spend in here help you write more?

  25. caravalhophoto profile image60
    caravalhophotoposted 7 years ago

    It is hard these days to get the quiet time and mental time I need to write, since spending some time in my daughters home with the kids.  I find I take every quiet moment I have just to jot down the jumbeled mass of confused and cluttered thoughts begging to be let out.
    I love complete quiet, sitting in front of my window that looks out into the garden, cup of coffee and probably still in my jammies.  Fall/Winter is my favorite time because I most likely will not have gone on a hike yet.  Summer time hikes I have to be out the door by 6am to not be bothered with the heat so I don't get the same routine.
    My hikes are another of my favorite writing times.  I take a hand held tape recorder and talk to myself, it is a very relaxing time and by myself I am able to say anything and remember it.

 
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