I think I figured out what my problem is.
Stop right there. Don’t ask- “which problem? Don’t’ exclaim- “wow- she finally gets it”. Just listen (read) for a second before you make any snide comments
The specific problem to which I refer is:
My inability to “edit” my “novel” properly.
I spent the last year working on a “novel”. I love my idea, love my characters. Love them so much, that I’ve made the conflict in the novel ridiculously light, because I don’t want to see them hurt or have pain.
Yeah. I know. Tough problem to face. War, homelessness, inability to have characters feel bad. It’s my cross to bare.
But I finally figured out why I can’t fix my “novel”.
I don’t have a “Writer’s Shack”.
When I was at the beach, I would pass a little house every day. To the side of this house was a littler house- and the plaque outside of it simply said “Writer’s Shack”.
As you may know- my three person, two pet family lives in a luxurious 800 square foot apartment. We barely have room to breath. I have a tiny desk, which is where I tend to work on my “novel”, yet I blog at my dining room table. Which venue is more successful is yet to be seen.
So I began to think about if a writer needs a dedicated space in which to work. Would having four walls, a desk, a chair and a window that were only used for writing be answer that I was looking for?
I quickly realized that I would be unable to build a shack off the side of my apartment. So I started to think about other options.
- Renting office space. Sure- because with college looming on the horizon we have the extra money to do that.
- Taking a space in a building that has studios for artists and writers. While these are slightly more affordable, I once had a friend who used one of these. Though she found it incredibly helpful, I thought it was dark and dreary.
- Writing in my favorite coffee shop. There are myriad thoughts about doing this. During the school year my daughter does her homework at her desk in her room. Since returning from vacation, she has been spending about 7 hours a day at one of the 97 Starbucks that are located within 3 blocks of my house, working on summer homework and PSAT prep. She feels that working in her room highlights the fact that it is summer, and that her mind keeps wanting to do other things- like literally anything other than AP work, such as laying on her bed and staring at the ceiling. In order for her to actually accomplish anything- she needs to be in another setting. This is a plus for writing in a coffee shop. The other thing about writing in a coffee shop is being surrounded by “writers”. I was once shushed by someone in a coffee shop because she was “working” while I was just “having coffee”. (Yes- I tend to be a bit loud and animated- but I really thought it was OK to talk and have a beverage in a coffee shop- my bad….) When I walk by a coffee shop- all I see are laptops- and people banging away at laptop keys- Apparently, “Starbucks”=”Writer’s Shack”
So- should I set up shop at my favorite coffee hole? Should the hours I dedicate to working on my novel be done in a setting of not so comfortable chairs and harsh lighting? Will they let my bring in my own chair and desk light? Will working outside my home be productive?
To be continued……………..