Writing Tip: Find Your Place


Photo 13On my night stand are usually a small pile of books I will use for inspiration. I put a few varieties so I can pick one depending on my mood. Currently on my reading list are: Thunder & Lightning by Natalie Goldberg, The Founding Foodies by Dave Dewitt, and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. My best writing place is while in bed, normally late at night when everyone is asleep and noise is minimal. The objects in the room can sometimes be a distraction, so I will sit still and close my eyes to concentrate on the thoughts in my head.

During the day I like to write with the computer and I will usually have my headphones plugged in to listen to classical movie scores. I find that genre of music to be very soothing and it makes writing go smoothly. It helps me focus and sometimes gives me inspirational ideas.

I love to go to the beach in the middle of the week when it is not so crowded. Living in Florida, I am thankful to get that opportunity often. The calm of the seas, the soft whispers of the waves to the sand, and the warm weather makes it an ideal environment to write. Here I can be inspired by nature and observing people. It is such a refreshing place to hone my art.

And there is no better writing place than the library. With access to unlimited resources if research is needed, I can sit for hours while listening to my tunes and write as long as I like.

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It is obvious that my ideal places to write consist of calm, soothing conditions. Some are fortunate enough to have a small library or reading room to write. Others seclude themselves in the middle of nature with a cabin in the woods or near the shore. But not all writers need to be free of distractions.

Some writers find refuge in a busy coffee shop or bookstore. I am sure many procure their craft amidst a typical family life. I know others who use the background noise of a TV show or sporting event to balance their thoughts.

The greatest place of all though, is in the moment when an idea stimulates my mind. I always have a journal or notebook handy for those impromptu moments and it doesn’t matter where I am, I just write.

So what are some of your ideal writing places? Where are the unusual spots you find inspiration? Do you need utter silence or chaotic noise to write well? I would love to know how you find your place.


Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia – a poetry collection about the struggles we face, the state of the world and how to see beauty in the simplest things, and Cardboard Signs – poems to bring awareness about homelessness, mental illness, self-esteem and the injustices many face.

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  1. Nice article Donna. One thing I like to do is read another poet’s work. Pick a new word (or it could just be a word that I haven’t ever used before) out and look it up and use that as my inspiration for a poem. For example I recently saw the word “chalice” in a poem and wrote a poem off that. Another thing I will do is just open a dictionary and find a word and do the same. I just did a rictameter with the word “archaic”, that was the first word I saw when the dictionary opened. But my favorite writes will always be just when spontaneous inspirations hits and the pen cannot hope to keep up. The pure euphoria of those writes linger for so long, one cannot help but to cherish those. Keep up the good work. Sorry for being so chatty.

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