Do you prefer to write outdoors in the fresh air or in an comfortable office enviroment?
Do you prefer to write sitting outside with the flower scents, bird calls and warming sunshine or at a comfortable desk and chair in a quiet focused indoor enviroment?
I prefer to write where the fancy takes me; however, I have always found that writing outside is a distraction.
I can't write outside. The sun's too bright and I usually end up irritated by allergens or insects.
I usually write my poetry outside, in a notebook. However, articles are written in my home office on my desktop.
It would be nice to write outdoors, if I can bring my table and chair along. But it's still possible to write outdoors, if you can have something that closely resembles a desk and chair in height. With a breeze blowing and the weather is not hot, I think one can get a lot of inspiration that he or she cannot get inside an office environment. But then again, if we are not seeking for inspiration, an office environment will beat the great outdoors anytime.
Being outdoors is what inspires me to write and I do jot down thoughts and ideas but when I do the actual task of writing, it is done at my desk.
I 'write' in my head when I'm outside. But, when it comes to the actual writing (both fiction and non-fiction), I have to do it in my home office. Writing is my profession and so I treat it as a job and therefore do it at my desk. I know It doesn't sound very romantic, but writing is mostly butt in chair and fingers on keyboard.
I prefer BEING out in the fresh air and natural light. That's where I'm happiest and feel best. BUT, I can't write outside. All the "wonderful-ness" of being outside is just too distracting for me. Besides the "wonderful-ness" of outside, though, there are the more bothersome distractions - wind blowing, pollen on the cover of the laptop, bugs, too much sun, clouds passing over, etc. etc.
I don't need "comfortable", and I don't even need "quiet". I do, though, need "no subtle distractions" and a sense of "environmental stability" around me.
So, this leads to the ever present dilemma of choosing between feeling only OK enough AND writing, or feeling super-great but not writing. The writing most often only makes up for SOME of that sacrificing of feeling wonderful and happy outside - which explains why I'm so often not above setting aside work and/or writing in favor of wasting time outdoors, and then doing writing in the middle of the night when the coyotes are out, and I'd be scared to be out there anyway.
It all makes for very long days, but long and happier days are better than shorter, more miserable, ones; as far as I'm concerned.
I like to imagine myself writing outside in a hammock or under a tree, but I have a major issue with bugs. Bees and wasps have a tendency to seek me out and bother me until I get up and walk away, and I tend to freak out when something is crawling on me. So, I'm not sure I could ever write outside for any length of time. However, my home office environment isn't much better with all the dust and clutter. In my ideal office, it would be a combination of the two. Lots of natural light and windows to the wilderness, with several clean bookshelves and a lark wooden desk. That would be pretty sweet.
It really depends on my mood and how cold it is outdoors. Today, I spent a lot of time in my sunroom because it was the perfect temperature with a low breeze. I could hear the birds chirping. My dog was lying outside the sliding glass door. So much peace!
I think both environments can aid with focus. I like to write outside. Morning is my favorite time to write, or do anything productive. Sitting on a porch or on a garden bench in the morning with a cup of tea just sparks my brain. When I write inside, I like to be near a window, too.
Outside! During the warm months, I move my entire office outside on nice days. We have a huge pine tree in the front yard, and buildings or privacy fence in all directions from our yard. The yard itself has tons of birds and squirrels, sometimes deer, the occasional cat strolling through, and quite a few flowering shrubs. I run an extension cord out to the picnic table under the pine for my laptop, and then bring my office chair outside too. The kids and dogs can play outside while I'm working without bothering me, and I tend to stay a lot more alert outside than I do inside. Winter requires indoor work, but I am always anxious to resume workdays outside. Writing is my profession and supports my family of 5, but that doesn't mean I have to put myself in "cubicle jail" while I'm earning .
I write inside most of the time. When I'm at work I take my notebook with me. When ever an idea comes, I write it down so I won't forget. I live in Florida, if it wasn't so humid, I'd enjoy writing outside.
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