By Darren Kehrer
No matter what genre you write, we all have one thing in common as writers (besides using words, that is): we all write within an environment: a physical place we do our writing:
- an office
- a coffee shop
- the local mall
- at our primary "day" job (but on our lunch hour, of course).
- an outdoor setting
......the list is endless with many combinations and variations.
Where you write can directly impact your daily writing routine, inspire new ideas, but can also help or hinder your writing process.
For me, I must have some kind of background noise...most preferably music... that reflects the story or genre I am writing. An environment of silence only hinders my writing process. On the other hand, I sometimes like writing at a Panera, McDonald's, or similar location. The background activity of those environments serves to create a white noise environment that causes me to focus more on what I'm writing. Oddly enough, I've even observed people and their interactions that often inspires an idea that I can use in my writing.
I do, however, prefer to write to music. Given that fact, I find myself combining those two concepts. The music fuels the ideas in my head, and the visual hustle-and-bustle serves as visual white noise. In conjunction, both serve to maximize my writing time and results.
What about you? Where do you like to write? Do you write in silence, to music, or some combination?