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.