Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Perfect Writing Environment

I'm sitting here listening to the waves rolling in from the ocean, smelling the salt in the air, and feeling the cool breeze blowing in from the water. It's the perfect writing environment. This place stimulates my creative imagination. I want so much to curl up with my laptop and let the words flow. But my family gives me that look each time I pull out the laptop.

If you're a writer, you know the look. It's the one that says, "Are you going to do that now? What about our family time? Can't you do that later?"

If I stay up and write tonight outside on the balcony when everyone else is asleep, I'll be so tired tomorrow. I won't be able to keep up with everyone and I might risk being ill. But I might be able to write 2,000 more words. Wouldn't that be worth it? I used to stay up to finish reading really good books (and I still do.) So what's the difference? If someone else's book would be worth it, why wouldn't mine?

There is no greater place to read a novel or write a novel than the beach. Right now I have the perfect writing environment.


  1. Jenn,
    Take advantage of all your beach time. And have a great time. I hope you enjoy your vacation and get lots of words written.

  2. I'm jealous and happy for you all at the same time Jenn!

  3. Okay, I think you and Missy are just trying to make us jealous. I think we ALL need a beach retreat!

  4. Jenn, I changed myself over to a morning person on our vacation. I went to bed at 11 or so, then got up at 6:30. That way I could work while my husband was out running and my kids were sleeping. It worked great! :) Can you try that?

    There's nothing like a cup of coffee ocean-side in the early morning. ahhhh....

  5. My husband has been up before me every morning--like at 5-5:30 AM. I stayed up outside on the balcony last night so I could use the light and write. I was able to finish another scene. My daughter is usually up at 7 AM. Great suggestion though.