Where Do You Write?

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Writers take their writing space seriously. Similar to artists and photographers that have their own studios, writers are super particular about where they decide to lay their words down.

One of the prompts for NaBloPoMo is:

Tell us about your writing space. Where do you write your blog posts?
 

Most folks will say that they need a quiet space with candles burning lavender, sitting in their favorite pajamas, with their perfect cup of coffee at just the right temperature in order to write the perfect post. I am actually quite the opposite.

I write on the train. Here is why.

I’ve got time: I have a long commute. I currently take one bus to two trains to get to work. My first train is around 40 minutes end to end, then another 10 minutes on the second train. Altogether (on a good day) my commute is around 60-70 minutes. Add that up and that is 10 hours plus spent commuting. I pick up my little tablet and get the writing!

It’s a nice distraction: I can’t even begin to tell you guys the type of crazy that happens on NYC trains, from random conversations to loud arguments to folks trying out for Subway Idol–the noise level is sometimes unbearable. Hence why I put my headphones on and block that mess out! I mean who can feel any kind of peace when there are a million acts like this?!

I can’t do it anywhere else: When I get home from work I go on automatic mommy and wife mode. It is time to cook dinner, (or lay the takeout on the table) do math with the preschooler and proceed to give a days worth of hugs and kisses. Sometimes I try to sneak some laptop time but usually that is interrupted by 125,653 (approx) “mom-meeee”‘s. So right after the baby goes to bed I get the commenting because that is my only chance!

Solitude: Now this might be crazy but it is really the only time that I am alone. I’m not required to talk to anyone, my favorite music is in my ears, and even though I am surrounded by a million people, I am Not responsible for any of them. That is just perfect. So yes, 98.2% of my writing is done on the subway.

Now tell me, where do you write?

Nellie

Nellie

Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (2 and 5), she is a career woman by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is  a positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. She features a Weekly Wednesday Workout and a Friday Fitness Check-in series where she encourages her readers to check in and remain accountable for their fitness and nutrition goals weekly. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. In addition to getting in the gym 5 times weekly, Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. Since beginning to blog Nellie has lost 27lbs (and counting)! You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, & Google Plus.
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Comments

  1. Totally makes sense and I remember when I was going to NYU for my Master’s Degree and traveling in on the LIRR and then taking the Subway downtown, how much reading I got done for classes and such. So, I think if I did that commute now, I would so be writing, too. And you are so right, I always loved all that would happen on the Subway and also while waiting for the train to come.
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  2. I can definitely see how it would be the perfect spot for writing…solitude, but yet not alone. Love it!-Ashley
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  3. I write on the train or on the couch after dinner. Either or, but I could definitely make better use of my train time cause sometimes I just sleep. :)
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  4. The subway hug interesting I could never write or do anything on a train or bus I am busy looking lol. I write the best at night when kids have gone to bed and not a creature is stirring not even an ant.
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  5. I’m one of those folks who can write anywhere if I have a few minute. I write on the couch, in the bed, on scraps of paper at work, at starbucks, in the car stopped at a light. But as far as really sitting down and writing, I have to do that late at night. When everyone else is alseep. I’m trying to change that, so that I can just write for a long period of time at once, but it’s almost impossible!
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  6. I’m pretty boring – I write at my desk or dining room table most of the time. Sometimes I get part of my post done the night before I want to put it up and then it is usually sitting in my favorite chair watching mindless TV.
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  7. I do most of my writing at home after Little has gone off to school for the day. The house is quiet, I turn the radio on and sip on some tea while typing away. I started keeping a notebook in my bag so if I think of something I’d like to write about I can jot it down because I would come up with all kinds of ideas to blog about when I was out and by the time I got home I had forgotten what it was I wanted to say.
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    • That sounds awesome, that always happens to me!! I swear I get the best ideas IN the shower or IN the middle of a workout, and of course they disappear as quickly as they came!! goodness.

  8. Those mariachi bands kill me! I definitely cannot write on the subway! I take the 4/5 from 86 to 42nd and it is bumper to bumper (as in my bumper usually is rubbing up against someone else’s not on my own free will). I write at home usually in the evenings. Sometimes I write during my lunch break. I don’t need the perfect setting, just time!
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    • oh my gosh I avoid the 4/5/6 as much as I can on the weekdays. That has to be the most crowded train ever in LIFE. That commute is brutal!

  9. Generally just at my computer at home. Nothing too special needs to happen – candles burning, lights on, etc. I just need to have the computer on! However, I take notes anywhere the inspiration hits. Sometimes when I’m driving. Yikes. I use my voice command button on my iPhone a lot.
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    • I wish I could do the voice command thingie–except i’m pretty sure id disturb my neighbors with all my ramblings. :)

  10. My commute is about 45 minutes and most of the trip I’m standing so that can’t work for me. I try to sneak in writing when Chunks is asleep or I try to bang some out on the weekend when I have a free minute (not very often) I get my commenting in during lunch break and on the way home.

  11. I write on my couch or at my desk… Any time I have a minute to myself.
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  12. Nellie, even with earphones that mariachi band would have gotten my attention, and on my last nerve. LOL! I need quiet to write, so it’s when I get home and am on my chaise where I can stretch out and be comfy and let the words flow.
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  13. OMG that video is the best!! My husband loved it too. I can’t believe how you can write with music in your ears!? I’m one of those writers that needs quiet so I usually end up anywhere but my house to write. I can so relate to the 326,976 mommieeeesss!!! It’s a mess here so I have to go elsewhere and then comment when they go to bed!
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  14. 09986121225578498764 says:

    I used to do my writing on the train, bu then I found myself distracted with everything going on around me or some prying eyes looking at my work. Now, when I get the time I write on the computer or jot a line in my notebook at home.

  15. I am inspired every moment of every day to write. I adore it. I love my phone for this very reason. I open up my note pad and go to TOWN! I start thinking about the articles I need to write when I am out and about and then I generate some amazing ideas right then and there and BAM – in the phone they go! So much easier than trying to find a pen and paper! Usually by the time I find those things… I have forgotten my BRILLIANCE! ha ha ha! We cannot have that happen, EVER!
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    • I do notes on my phone too or else I feel like they might slip away and be lost in space somewhere :) You are so right, your brilliance must be recorded immediately!

  16. I usually work on my posts after the kids are in bed on the sofa…but I’ve definitely thought about how great it would be to take a vanpool or train to get some blogging time in during my commute instead. If only it didn’t take so much longer!
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  17. I usually write on my living room couch with my cat on my lap. Mostly early in the morning but sometimes late at night. I’m not really good in the middle of the day. I would love to have an opportunity like the subway because I feel like my car drive is a waste. Especially since they keep taking all the best talk shows that I use for inspiration off of Sirius. But I don’t really need total silence. Or candles. :)
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  18. You mentioned this before! I think it’s amazing that you can get this done there. My vertigo is a beast! I’d have to find another way to be productive on the commute.

    I write at work and at home at the dining room table! I can whip this bad boy out anywhere though!
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  19. I could write almost anywhere, but like you the “mommy, mommy, mommy” is always near so a lot doesn’t get done. I usually write during nap time or late at night.
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  20. Nothing like the shenanigans that go down on the NYC subway. Totally part of the thrill of the city.
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  21. I used to write while my daughter was at soccer practice because it was an hour drive and then I’d have an hour and a half of just sitting there so it was perfect uninterrupted time. I didn’t have that this fall because she was playing with the high school so it was harder. But I’m back to the drive for the winter and the spring so hopefully it will get easier again. Otherwise late at night is usually when I get things done!
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  22. Love this! I can totally picture you typing away on the train, in your own little writing bubble. Even though I work from a remote, home office, sometimes I like to pack up my lap top and get out of the house to write. I’ll go out for lunch and write. I also do a fair amount of writing late at night, after the girls are in bed. But I usually have to go back and edit that stuff because I’m exhausted and it’s crap! Ha!
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    • lol I know exactly what that is. Sometimes when I am super tired I try to push things out, and it is a horrible mess. At least the bones are there!

  23. This makes perfect sense to me! There are times when I squeeze in my writing while waiting at the bus stop for my kids. I take advantage of those stolen and in between moments and the silence that goes with them.
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  24. I’ve never tried writing on the subway when I lived in the city but could see writing on a commuter line like NJT or LIRR since it’s a lot smoother and not as hectic plus with it being above ground the internet access would be crucial- I spend so much time finding online links to embed and uploading/editing pics that don’t work underground. Before we moved this spring I wrote in my office and loved it – it was a sunny, dedicated space. I’m trying to recreate it in our new place but for now I write on the kitchen table or my sofa. I just recently wirelessly connected my external hard drive so it makes blogging way easier now!
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    • yes NJT and LIRR are like AMAZING places for me to write, but since I am on the subway for 40 minutes before transferring I might as well make good use of the time!

  25. I would so do that too if I took the train….my writing space is at home when the baby is sleeping or thirty mins before I begin work…that time in my office is one of my most creative times!

  26. Ideas for a “perfect post” usually hit me at precisely the moments when I don’t have anything to write around. Having a specific place to do your writing – which for me actually is my desk – can make you concentrate on the task, but sometimes I feel it also puts you under pressure.
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