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    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    Not sure if I threw this in the right section.

    I am intrigued by other people's writing process. Do you seclude yourself in the wilderness and write in a notebook with a fountain pen? Do you sit in a pub and write on a cell phone using a bluetooth keyboard? Do you write on your home computer after the kids have gone to bed? What's your preferred environment?

    Myself, I definitely prefer to have a keyboard under my fingers than using a pen. I can type much much faster than I can write longhand, and I get annoyed with how slow the process is if I write longhand. Of course the problem with this is I easily get distracted and do other things like post on White Chapel.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    I work out a lot of stuff in my head when I'm walking. Sometimes actual prose, more often "notes." Sometimes I write notes and outlines and snippets in a text editor "where ever."

    But the actual heavy writing -- stuff intended for publication -- happens on a computer with a really good keyboard. Which generally means my desktop computer.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    Technically, I suppose my writing environment is meant to be the newsroom I work in...

    I'm there maybe 10 hours a week, if even.

    Usually I'll park my arse at my coffee shop of preference or find a quiet corner of the local college.

    I almost never write at home.
    (This likely has something to do with the people who live upstairs being under 20 and retarded.)

    I have a laptop, and I often use that wherever I am, since it all ends up there sooner or later anyway, but I'm just as comfortable with a pen and a notepad, and sometimes I prefer not having to lug the beast around.

    The notepad also has the benefit of allowing me to doodle. That I like.
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    I work out a lot of stuff in my head when I'm walking Same here.

    I like long walks. The ones you get back home sweating from every inch of your body and happy! That's, actually, where I think I do most of my work. Then the process is more or less easy. I get my confotable chair, seat in front of my desktop computer, and put on the page the things I've thought about. As fast and unmercifully as I can.
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    I usually type everything out, but it's not as easy as it once was, what with instant internet access and only one computer. I'm planning on getting a macbook and writing on the train when I head to school, but this would need money that I don't have.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    Since i got the new mac keyboard, writing's become much easier, but every now and then my roommates can get pretty loud and I start wandering.

    Having a laptop and hitting up that perfect coffee shop would be ideal though.
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    To write on a computer takes gallons of discipline. I write on a macbook, pretty much the entire day or whenever I'm not working. There's actually not a lot of writing for me to do as I outline heavily and so when it comes to panel 1 it's pretty much a smooth sail. It's breaking the story which is the hard part.
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    Plotting usually happens when I'm driving with loud music blasting.

    Actual writing happens late at night after the wife and kids are in bed and I'm outside on the laptop, usually chain smoking.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    I'm pretty confined to my dorm room, but I've been thinking about staking out a spot at either a local Paneras or Starbucks. Yeah, I know, but damn if the yuppie jazz isn't good white noise.

    Ideally, I like to write at night, rarely before 11, but my plotting, and even some dialog, takes place throughout the day. Riding the bus, walking around town, surfing the internet, even reading sometimes. I find, though, that when I actually write, only about 20% of what I'd planned gets put down, and that's usually for the best.

    What kind of music does everyone favor while they're working? I like late 70s-mid-90s rock and touch of industrial or techno, to get my feet tapping while I work.
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    Plotting during the day, writing at night, on the couch using the Palm TX for me. Unfortunately my brain plots more and faster than my fingers type. I did get in 1,021 words tonight. Now off to bed.
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    I like a coffeeshop, me. Either the most atmospheric -- which is easy to come by here in New Orleans, as evidenced by this photo of one of the half-dozen coffeeshops in the neighborhood I'm staying in -- or just the closest. I need music (on headphones, to tune out everything else), and preferably something I can sip.

    But when I need to break something, I go for a walk. I came up with the whole plot for the first issue of Witch Doctor in the space of a block and a half in downtown Portland, and came up with one of the core ideas of the series at the same time. And all I was trying to do was get a slice of pizza.
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    I used to get most of my work done at this vegan coffee shop. It was an old Victorian house retrofitted into a cafe. Downstairs was a conventional cafe, while upstairs was still very house-ish. I particularly liked writing upstairs.

    The cafe was knocked down a few months back (a crime, I feel) but recently I moved into a new place that is pretty uninspiring save for the fact that it has a front porch.

    I plonk my arse on a couch we popped out there, type away on my notebook PC and occasionally watch the traffic go by. It works.
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    I have not only one sacred writing process to follow. Sometimes, I walking on only to think (walking is a good thing to my ideas) and made some notes (at notebooks, finding papers, etc.) any place with tables or chairs that I found in the way. These notes feed my word process in a moment after that. Sometimes, I`m starting everything in the computer.
      CommentAuthorJohn R
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    I take my laptop up to my local pub and sit there typing, surrounded by builders, until the batteries run out or chores call me home. Sometimes I stay up once the missus and the baby have gone to bed and work late. I'm fairly easy, so long as I'm guaranteed a lack of familial distractions for a while.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008 edited
    I tend to write where ever I have the least amount of
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    I get odd ideas just about anywhere. I like to take the laptop somewhere else other than home to write, though. Grab something good to drink and run off somewhere interesting...
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    I like to either seclude myself in the wilderness and write in a notebook (with a ballpoint, not a fountain pen), or sit in a coffeeshop and do same. I can edit on my laptop, but I can't write there-- there's an internet connection and it's just too tempting to dick around get on Whitechapel.
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    I find that putting myself in either one of two situations works best for me:

    1. I lock myself in my room, at my desk, no food or drink until what I am writing is done. This means I get reams of pages done in just a few short hours, and things get really good and interesting when I start getting in a feverish state of hunger and creativity (just re-read that sentence, I sound like a pretentious bellend, lolz). This situation works best for me on something already planned or started.

    2. I go somewhere busy; a cafe, a pub, a student union etc....the noise actually helps me, I guess it's the energy of the place or something. This is best when wanting to come up with new ideas and scribblings. It also helped when I had a laptop, but don't have one now....saving for a MacBook though.
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    A friend of mine liked to go into the depths of local woods, take of all his clothes, light a fire, and 'wait for the words to come'....sounds wanky, but you shoulda seen his poetry!
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    About these Writer's environment thing, there is a interesting article about the desk rooms of famous writers. Below, the desk environment of Will Self: