One of the perks of being a writer is that you can write from anywhere.
Also, there are no hours to clock in, so you can write anytime.
But when you can write anywhere and anytime, where and when do writers actually write??
There are plenty of picturesque ideas. Readers like to imagine writers cozied up next to a fire, or sitting in a back booth at a quaint coffee shop. I’ll admit, I like the sound of those! As a matter of fact, I’ve written from both a coffee shop (usually my local Panera Bread) and next to a fire (on a lovely writing retreat with some of my best friends).
But if I’m being honest, that’s not what ninety-nine percent of my writing looks like.
I’m a mom of four kids. We homeschool so my kids are with me all day every day. Oh, and did I mention our latest adventure?? We’re currently building a house on land, and living in an RV on our property.
So coffee shops and fireplace sessions are few and far between.
Where do I write?
At the kitchen table. Outside while watching my kids play. At the park. In the car while waiting on a kid to get out of an extracurricular class. Sitting on my bed.
When do I write?
Whenever I can find a few minutes. I spent a number of years waiting to have time to write. But the truth is, time was never going to present itself. So I find ten or fifteen minutes here or there. Maybe my kids are watching a show, or they happen to be playing well together for a little while. I write when they’ve gone to bed, or if I’m able to get up before them. Sometimes I write on the weekend when my husband is home with them. Occasionally (very occasionally) I have a babysitter so I can get some work done.
It’s not glamorous, but it’s real life. And it’s much better than waiting until it’s the perfect time to start. There’s no perfect time. And there’s no perfect place. The when and the where aren’t as important as the what.
And what do I write?
The stories that keep me awake at night. The characters that fill my thoughts while I’m going about my day. The books that God has laid on my heart to write.
That’s why I find the time and the place to write the words.
Have you wondered where and when writers write? Where did you expect that to be?