Saturday, February 27, 2010

Finding Hiding Places to Write

Jenn here. Like Missy, I'm in writing mode.

I recently received a contract offer on my sequel, Highland Sanctuary!!!

Yes, I'm very excited! Can you tell? Anyway, this is the first book I've sold that didn't already have a completed draft. I now have a deadline and a word count each week--FOR REAL. Not an imaginary one that I've made up for practice. Now I have to put practice into action.

It feels GREAT! And scary.

I have company spending the weekend with us, but I still have to get my writing accomplished since I work during the week and only managed to write about 1,200 words. The rest of my word count must be completed by Sunday night. What's a desperate writer to do?

I didn't want to wake up my hubby this morning. He needs his rest. I couldn't go into my office, or I would wake up our guests in the room next to my office. So I resorted to my closet. I have discovered a whole new reason for walk-in closests with good lighting! They make excellent, secluded writing rooms.

It would have been so easy to make up excuses such as how rude it would be to wake up everyone, I don't have time, I need to help make breakfast, or I can't concentrate when everyone gets up. I worked through the obstacles and distractions, and you can too, whatever they are in your life. As a result, I accomplished my goal at completing another 1,000 words this morning.

What are some of the most creative places you've used for writng? What obstacles have you overcome lately?

PS - That is not a photo of my closet. I wouldn't dare show my real closet!


  1. Good for you Jennifer! Had this been me, I would have used the excuses, then found myself angry later in the day because I didn't write! I need to overcome these obstacles!

    So, did you sit on the floor of the closet and write or did you have a chair and table set up?

    The most creative place I've written? Hmm...this doesn't sound very creative, but my car would probably qualify. There, I overcome obstacles of work-related issues and manage to edit or write new scenes.

  2. Christy,

    I sit sit on the floor. I had a stepping stool to put my work on. The car is a creative place. I think you're doing great with a new baby AND a toddler.

  3. First of all, YAY and CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm thrilled about your sale, Jenn.

    And congrats on getting that writing done in the closet. :) A signed contract with a deadline is an amazing motivator, isn't it? LOL

    As for creative or unusual place to write...I think I may have shared this before. I wrote the opening lines of my first published book while chaperoning a field trip for my one of my kids' elementary school class. We were riding home on a school bus, and most of the kids konked out. An idea hit me, so I pulled a receipt out of my purse and jotted it down. Then I had to dig to find more paper in my purse! I ended up taping it all in a notebook later. :)

  4. Missy, I don't remember you telling that story. Sounds like something I would do. Inspiring ideas can hit at the most inopportune moments and places. Glad you kept it!

  5. That's a great idea, Jenn. And I commend you for being committed and, as you said, not resorting to the most convenient excuse.