Working Space

I write better when I’m not at home. Of course, “home” for me is a strange thing right now. I’ve spent seven weeks in Bondi Junction and tomorrow I move to Darlinghurst for a short time. Nothing feels terribly homely here.

But it’s not like I have a study in any of these places, so surrounded by the distraction of the TV (I’m currently rewatching seminal ’90s cartoon, Daria) and the kitchen (I love to cook, especially when I should be writing) and the rest of my abode (being unemployed still, it’s acceptable to have a long bath at 2pm for no good reason).

So I thought Fuck this and I went to one of those creative workspace things. Christ, I write hard there. Arrive at 9.30am and write until at least 4pm. Twenty minutes break for lunch. The odd five minutes here and there for a coffee (or, in my case a green tea).

Wonderful.

There’s nothing to distract me apart from other people.

‘Hi,’ says strange young man. ‘My name’s Dave. I’m a small business consult. What do you do?’

‘I’m a writer.’

Dave’s instantly annoyed I’m not running a small business. ‘A writer?’

‘Uh huh.’

‘I help small businesses grow and give them advice on how they can improve.’

‘Oh.’

‘Do you have a business card?’

‘No.’

Dave moves to another desk and doesn’t speak to me again. I’m cool with that. After all, I’m in the middle of writing this scene in which a guy’s Samsung S7 explodes and kills his girlfriend’s chihuahua. This is serious businsss. None of your wishy-washy business advice crap.

So yeah. I’ve found a nice place to work. My productivity has massively increased. This is good news for me. Bad news for my enemies. Mind you, I don’t think I have many enemies in the world of literature (yet). Everyone seems a little more passive than they did when I was going music. Shit, in those days everyone hated each other. Brutal times.

What environments do you write best in?

Any tips you want to share?

Let me know.

6 comments

  1. Work space is so important – I don’t find it easy to work in my current flat (there’s no where I can really take over / spread out in the winter) but I like sitting outside on the balcony in the summer / on the benches outside my local pub. I like the sounds and seeing people pass by. Never been fond of silence though so when I am home I tend to blast whatever playlist matches the writing. Ever since I was little, I’ve put together playlists for characters. If I’m in a place that’s new or small, I use those to find the “headspace” for work space.

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    1. Yes,I find things going on around can often trigger inspiration if you’re stuck on something. At the very least, you can use people nearby to base character descriptions on, even if they are placeholders ’til you find something better.

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  2. Firstly, choose an oxygenated area, which has been demoronised. To demoronise the immediate environment assume the attitude of a psychopathic schizophrenic at the end of his tether. Dress in a sweaty old shirt with holes and baggy trousers with a broken zip, stolen from a drunken tramp sleeping one off. I find that works a treat.

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  3. I find I write best when I have made the decision not to write.

    It starts with me knowing I should write but having no motivation. I try to force myself, but that never works. Then I say fuck this shit… And I open up a document and begin writing! Or take out my notebook to start jotting.

    Environment wise, mainly in my study at home. I must try going to the library at some point though. Having no distractions other than French people. 😀

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