Writing In The Bathtub

Image

Is this a favorite place to write.

 

Have you ever written in the bathtub? As I move with my laptop to different areas of my home to write, it gives me a different perspective. The closest I have come to writing in the bathtub is brainstorming in the shower. Ideas always come when a relaxing stream of water is pouring over me. Unlike DiAnn Mills, I do not have a waterproof marker board in my shower to write down ideas. But I have found toting my laptop out of my office to a different venue helps refocus my writing.

Change your space

When I sit in the overstuffed chair in the family room, my back is more comfortable. Sitting at the dining table in natural light creates a different ambiance than overhead lighting. And finding a shady spot on my deck in warm weather allows the Vitamin D in the sunlight to revitalize my brain cells.

Some writers find they need to be in the same place every day in order to do their best work. I just need to be undisturbed and comfortable. All of the above-mentioned places are not always quiet and, if my arms or back ache, are not comfortable either.

Circumstances change your space

I once had my own office with a card table for my laptop. Then my son moved home, I had to surrender his bedroom back to him. Now, my desk is in my husband’s office. The desk I have there is designed for a desktop, and I find it uncomfortable to work at for extended periods of time.  Working on a computer at a desk at work all day can make my back too weary to continue in that position at home.

There is a desk in my bedroom that resembles a hospital tray table. I can work sitting up in bed. It has wheels so I can move it anywhere and use any chair by simply adjusting the height of the desk. All these options help me to find that perfect place to write.

Changing spaces causes creative juices to flow

We all know that for some unexplained reason that is just what is needed to get the creative juices flowing.  Some people have a special table at Starbucks with their special brew that gets them going.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with a new writing location when writer’s block hits even if that is the bathtub.

 

Where is your favorite place to write?

 

Please subscribe to my blog using the button to the right.

One Way A Writer Can Be An Encouragement

Image

Critiquing a book for an award nomination can give great insights into what publishers are looking for.

One of my goals as I walk this life as a Christian is to encourage others. As a writer I want other writers who meet me to go away uplifted and confident in their ability. This past week I had three opportunities to critique. Critiquing is a great way to encourage. In contrast to being critical, critiquing is helping others improve their craft while letting them know what they have accomplished is noteworthy.

Accountability Partner

Recently, I gained an accountability partner through my affiliation with Word Weavers. I receive encouragement, and I encourage in return as we critique each others work. I am gaining a lot in the process.

E-mail and snail mail critiques

Last week I also received an email from a woman I had met at a writer’s conference who asked me to critique a portion of her short story.  What a surprise to be remembered after a year.  The book I agreed to judge for an award came in the mail that week too. Neither of these activities came with a return-the-favor benefit as with the accountability partner. However, I fulfilled a directive from the Lord to be an encourager. I took the time to give suggestions to this acquaintance to make a good story great. Her story premise was fantastic, and I was honored to give my input.

The book I read and critiqued for the award took hours of my time. The benefit I gained was proving to myself that I could complete this task in a timely manner. It was great discipline for me. I can’t wait to hear the winners announced knowing I was part of the process.

Gaining fresh perspective

All of the critiquing I did helped me look at my own writing with fresh eyes.  The book I judged gave me deeper insights into what publishers are looking for. I was reminded that encouraging others is not all about cheering for the sake of cheering but for sharing insights and observations that can strengthen my fellow writers.

When you give your work for someone else to critique, it’s risky. Receiving your work back with positive affirmation along with constructive tips makes the heart resonate an “I can do this” attitude.

And as one who critiques, if the individual I help is inspired to continue forward, that same positive energy motivates me to press toward a higher calling in my own work.  Christian writers involved in a writer’s community whether online or in real time gain more than they can ever possibly give out. Encouragement is a hard calling that is not always reciprocated.

What have you gained through critiquing?

 

Please subscribe if you wish to follow Writer’s Patchwork.