Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Where do you Write?

Yesterday, as I was working my 12 hours, I had blog post ideas popping into my head all willy nilly. I quickly jotted down the ideas and on my break, saved them in my phone. Last night after I got home, ate dinner, and got settled in, I couldn't finish them. Not a single draft/idea that I could find the words to turn in to a blog post.

I was sitting in Derek's bed while he watched TV and I was supposed to be writing. I couldn't do it. Every time I opened up a draft, the words wouldn't come out of my brain, down to my fingers, and on to this computer screen. And I thought to myself, "Damn, Kalyn, you were spitting ideas out so fast earlier you could barely remember them." So I thought about it. Was I just not in a mood to write?

I concluded that it was because I wasn't in my "space" and therefore I couldn't create good content. I'm sure many of us have our "spot" or area that we write in. That certain time of day we write, listening to certain music, drinking the certain drink. 

Whether we prefer to write at our kitchen table with Enya playing and drinking hot tea, or in the comfort of our own bed with a Dr. Pepper and beastie boys, we all know what we like and we usually stick to it and there are a few common chords among everyone's writing space.

1. Keep everything tidy
I am a serial clutter-er. I have a really bad habit of not putting things where they belong and thus my desk/bed/anywhere is cluttered with books, papers, clothes, you name it. A writing space should be kept free of clutter and messes because it can really distract from writing. When your surroundings are free from clutter, your mind will be too.

2. Stick to the familiar
If you've never been one to go to Starbucks (or similar) to write, if you prefer to be alone, with everything quiet and still, then you probably shouldn't try to switch anything up. However if you can't sit still in a quiet room all by your self, then by all means go to the hustle and bustle. My point is, stay in your comfort zone. If you aren't relaxed then you won't be able to concentrate on your writing.

3. Make sure you are comfortable/have everything you need
Before I get started, I like to have everything in it's place. My phone beside me, something to drink, earbuds in with my classical pandora playing. There's nothing that can ruin a writing groove than having to go get something you forgot or move around because you/everything isn't in it's place.

4. Get rid of all distractions
Close all of your browser tabs, put your phone on silent, turn your music up so you can't hear chatter (if you're in a public place). The less temptation you have, the less of a chance you have for getting distracted. Responding to one email or tweet leads to responding to another, which eventually just leads to aimless trolling around the internet.

5. Don't be afraid to change
Yeah, yeah, I just said to "stick to what you know" and "stay comfy" but if something just isn't working out for you, then obviously it is time for a change. Try a different room in the house or a different free wifi place. Start drinking coffee instead of water. Sit somewhere with a pretty view.

Personally, on my off days, I love to go to Panera Bread and eat a Caesar salad while listening to my classical pandora radio station. I usually get to do this about twice a week, and try to get all of my blogging done during this time, because it really isn't fun to me to come home after 12 hours on my feet and try to come up with content. When I can't do that, I like to blog in our "bonus room" on the couch. It's comfortable, but not as cozy as my bed so I'm not as tempted to fall asleep. Also, I really like to be "alone" when I write. And by alone I mean I don't want anyone bothering me, or sitting right next to me trying to read over my shoulder.

What kind of environment helps with your writing? Do you write in the same place every day or change it up? What do you think "makes" a good writing spot?


Today I am so excited to introduce you to Laura from Mrs. Laura Beth!

1. What made you choose the title of your blog "Mrs. Laura Beth?"
I had started this blog when we got engaged and it was first called {our last name} Family Blog. Well I knew full well that my husband was never going to contribute so when I started to take the blog more seriously I decided it needed a name change. By this time we were married and I loved my new title of Mrs. and thought Mrs. Laura Beth {a day in the life of a farm wife} was Perfect!!

2. You grew up on a farm - and also married a farmer - tell us what's to love about farm life.
Peace & Quiet and baby calves! In all honesty I disliked growing up on the farm for most of my teenage years but once I got to college I realized how many things I learned about hard work ethic and how amazing it was not to have neighbors!! Farmers {at least most of the ones I know} seem to have such a passion for what they do {the animals they raise...the crops they grow} and that is something I love about the people I surround myself with.

3. Recently, you started a journey to become fit and not just skinny. Tell us a little about your decision and what led you to make it.
Well I have always been a thin person with little work on my end {thank the lord for high metabolism} but even though I weigh virtually the same as I did in High School my 25 year old body doesn't feel the same. This year I am hoping to get fit again; I'd be happy with being able to do 10 pushups or able to jog 1/2 a mile the whole way through!!

4. If you won a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
Here is my list: Pay off our debt - Build a house {nothing extravegent} - Get a Vacation house close to Napa or some sort of wine country - If there was money left I would invest it!

5. What three things can't you make it through the day without?
My morning kiss from the hubby 
My iPhone 
My Christian Radio station {Obsessed with the song Oceans right now}

If you haven't met Laura yet, you can find her via:


Lynsey @ Eternally Wanderlyn said...

These are some great writing tips. I need to get better about being organized and less cluttered. Hopefully I can in my new place. :)

Anonymous said...

I am totally using this today as I try to get back to my blogging after a long weekend. So helpful!

Jessa @ Life of A Sports Wife said...

That is me right now. I have so many open in the drafts but I just got put anything else with them.. I want my motivation back.

Kaysie said...

For me it's a mood I need to be in, and it has to be the morning/early day. I can't write after noon usually. I can't wait to have a desk of my own

Brittany said...

The distractions!! I can not write if the tv is on or if I hear any music. It needs to be silent. I do most of my writing just spur of the moment and I can normally milk them out quickly.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I am all about blogging on my couch though I usually have the TV on for background noise. For some reason I can't sit at a desk and write, its not comfortable. I think the space you write at, no matter where matters so be comfortable.

Whitney Alison said...

Currently my 'place' is my desk at work on my lunch break. I think I need to change that...

brooke lyn said...

shh, don't tell my boss, i often write my posts at my desk!

Elizabeth at Southern Finesse said...

I love this topic. I usually find blogging inspiration at my desk at work, but only my new desk. I used to sit upstairs in the hustle and bustle of the office. I thought it was fine until I got this desk downstairs in the quiet part of the office. Now I feel so much more creative. The only downside is now I'm near the CEO with a greater chance of getting caught writing one of my personal blog posts at work...haha

Amber Thomas said...

Right now we have a one bedroom apartment so I have to write at our dinner table... This would be all kinds of cool, except that I like to have a quiet writing space with little to nothing going on around me... Instead, I'm smack dab in the middle of Jason's hangout space. Wah, wah, wah.

That said, one of our house "musts" was an office for us to create a space for quiet and work... At least for me! :)

Also, have you heard of Ladysmith Black Mambazo? They are AWESOME to listen to when writing.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I can write anymore but I definitely agree on the distractions thing. I get distracted verrrry easily. I listen to music at work and it actually HELPS. But at home when I'm posting I usually end up turning music off because I just can't focus for some reason.

Corie said...

I've found that I have to be in a quite environment with minimal distraction to get anything of substance done. This is a little difficult with our current living situation... which is another reason I can't wait to have an office in our next place!

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

I definitely tend to write blog posts in bed... which I'm pretty sure is NOT the most productive place, but whatever! I'm hoping in my new apartment I'll be able to set up a pretty desk so I can take Pinterest-worty pictures of my computer/blogging. You know, the kinds with the pens and planners and mugs and maybe even glitter... (Likelihood of this happening... 5%)

Lora Ashley said...

I agree! I find that when I'm in my 'normal' I tend to write better and read more.

I usually sit in my living room on the floor with my computer on my coffee table and the TV and radio off. Just helps me concentrate better :-)

The Rachael Way said...

I HATE when I have a ton of good blogging ideas and just can't seem to get them on paper... or I should say on the computer lol!

Helene in Between said...

LOVE this post Kalyn! so great. and i def switch it up but i find it best to be on my favorite spot on the couch sitting indian style :)

Tori said...

Such good ideas! I always write from my bed, but I'm thinking I might need to switch it up & be a little more distraction free so I can get more done!

Duh! Danae said...

Very true tips! I have to be alone when I write, I tried to do it with the boys were in the room with me and felt like I was loosing my mind.

Kelly Louise said...

i tend to pound out a post in the middle of my work day and then tweek it later when i'm home. maybe the inspiration just comes from not wanting to work. or maybe i just like my work keyboard much better than my laptop at home :)

Paige Nicole said...

Gah I hate the shifts where blog ideas are popping into my head all crazy. Like I can tell a patient "BRB, I'm going to go write a blog post. Have your chest pain in 10 minutes."

I tend to get my best ideas at work or in the shower. I'm convinced I need a waterproof computer that will fold up and down from my shower wall so I can just stand there and type out a blog post. In fact, thirty minutes ago, I drafted and entire blog post in my head and then proceeded to run through the house to a computer so I can type it out before I lost it.

Sidney said...

This kills me because I don't have a specific deal for when I blog. To be honest - I write best when I'm not supposed to be doing it...for example - in class, at work, or at my internship. Put me at a desk and I've got it going on. Give me a glass of wine, a comfortable chair, and my nice PC and I'll end up gaming and leaving a couple draft posts forever unfinished. I love your ideas though :)