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Writing the great american novel - part two- finding your writing space

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As discussed in part one, there is more to writing than the writing. However, the writing is the main ingredient. Being in an environment that is conducive to the writing process is important. Most writers will say they have a favorite place to write. There are no ​carved in stone best places. Each writer is unique; therefore, their choice of place is also unique.

Economist, John Kenneth Gilbraith – (as quoted in the March, 1978, The Atlantic: Writing, typing, and economics) “It helps greatly in the avoidance of work to be in the company of others who are also waiting for the golden moment. The best place to write is by yourself because writing then becomes an escape from the terrible boredom of your own personality".

Virginia Woolf – “To write professionally a woman needs a room of her own.”

Ernest Hemmingway – “The best place to write is in your head”. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up.

Conrad Aiken – worked at a reflectory table in his kitchen.

Robert Graves – only worked in a room with all hand-made items.

Nova Ren Suma – writes at the Writers’ Room in NYC. Her motivations are paying for space and the atmosphere of being around other working writers.

D.H. Lawrence - wrote under a tree.

Alexander Chee – loves to write on trains. He would like to take residency “in an Amtrak sleeper car or have an office in a café car".

Benjamin Franklin – wrote in the bathtub.

​Jack Kerouac – wrote Doctor Sax in a toilet in William Burroughs home.

Jane Austin – wrote among family members

J.K. Rawlings – writes in a café, “crowded enough to blend in but not too crowded as to have to share a table”.

There is no right or wrong place to write, there’s only your place. Try out a few and let the writing begin!


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