Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Mental Snack (21)


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"If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space." ~Joyce Carol Oates

Where and when do you write?

38 comments:

E. Elle said...

Very true. Earlier today, I was pulling files and had a character talking my ear off. I finally told him that I heard him and would get to him later today. (Out loud. That was kind of embarrassing.)

I went to a concert this weekend and through the whole thing was plotting my next novel.

The writer's mind never stops working. It is full-time, 24/7, no lunch breaks. Somehow we can just separate ourselves from our surroundings and in that little space, creation spurs.

Lisa_Gibson said...

I spend a great deal of time inside my own head, yes. But it's important to step outside and join the world of the conscious and living too. :) lol

Falen said...

i have the ability to write pretty much anywhere and anywhen. I can even write while watching TV (though the word count drops quite a bit...)

Ashelynn D. Sanford said...

I write in the evening, in one of my offices. (I've taken over the dining room to use when I get tired of my *actual* office. Bahaha.)

But, when I'm thinking about writing, trying to see where it's going, it's usually when I'm at my day job. I'm mostly wrapped up in my thoughts, so I can easily think about it. Then when I get home, I can begin writing! :)

What about you?

Cruella Collett said...

I wish I was one of those people who could answer "anywhere, anytime", but the truth is that I only write anywhere and anytime I force myself to do it. And then usually at a desk, on my laptop. So pretty boring, really.

Nicole MacDonald said...

Yes!! Which is why I don't drive and listen to music cause I lose myself in the plot quickly - makes for not so good driving *lol*

Vatche said...

Hey, E. Elle! Funny thing about characters, they won't stop talking sometimes...not even when you're trying to sleep. I'm blessed/cursed with the ability to talk to my characters, too. Though I don't usually talk to them out loud and just in my mind.

The writer's mind works in the weirdest ways. It's funny how you were plotting out your next novel during a concert, I wouldn't be able to concentrate in such an environment.

But you're right about the whole separating ourselves from the rest of the world and creativity spurring. My mind usually is working 24/7, as well. Sometimes it sucks 'cause I can't sleep at night, since I'm thinking endless thoughts, possibilities, situations, etc.

Anyway, thanks for your comments. Write on and think on!

Vatche said...

Hello, Lisa! I spend a great deal in my own mind, as well, but it is important to keep a balance between what is in and outside of the mind.

So, write on and think on! :)

Vatche said...

Hey, Falen, it's cool to be able to write anywhere and any-when, especially while watching a little bit of TV. I find it very difficult to concentrate even with music on, sometimes, but I get the work done at least. :D

Write on!

Vatche said...

Hey, Ashelynn! I usually write more in the evening, too! I can sit anywhere in my house and just write sometimes, but it has to be at my house...can't seem to concentrate anywhere else.

As for when I'm thinking about writing, I usually think about it at any time of the day...yeah, my mind seems to wander off at times.

Write on and think on!

Vatche said...

Hello, Cruella! You shouldn't force yourself to write anything really, just let it flow from your fingertips onto the page. At least, that is what I believe.

I don't write "anywhere and anytime" either, so you're not the only one. The only time I force myself to write is for a test or filling out a form and the rest of the time is freely.

Anyway, write on, Cruella!

Vatche said...

Hello, Nicole! I can completely agree with you there. I can't concentrate without complete silence almost. And yes, thinking about one's story does sometimes lead to not so good driving.

Write on and think on, Nicole!

Amanda Sablan said...

I usually write late at night in my guest room where we keep the computer.

Vatche said...

Hey, Amanda! I'm a late night writer myself, sometimes all the way up to three in the morning. Write on, but keep quiet 'cause some people might be trying to sleep! :D

Constance said...

Hi,

What a beautiful blog you have!!! stunning:-)

As for me, i write while i am at work (nurse) you don't need much head space when you are watching someone shower...

Or i write in bed, then i have a major brainstorm and have to get up and scribble it down.

When younger i kept a notebook under my pillow. :0)

Sarah

The English Writer said...

I've created some of my best characters and storylines while driving and listening to the radio, you're right, it's about the space in your mind rather than the physical, thanks, Karen.

Mia said...

Hi Vatche!

Finally, sorry, I've been absent from cruising blogs of late. You have a lovely place here, I think I may set up camp and stay ;) *pulls up a chair*

Anyhow, the quote. I find it very true.

On the one hand YEA have been known to write on buses and in parks etc because when the mojo strikes I just got to write.

On the other hand also YEA because I'm always thinking about it if I'm not doing it. People watching, dialogue analysing or just weeping about the plot holes... I do all of these.

So, you see, it's true on two levels :)

melissa said...

I usually write for 2 hours If I can after work. Sometimes I don't even get around to it at all.

Vatche said...

Hi, Sarah/Constance! Thank you for your kind words about my blog. That's cool that you're a nurse, helping people who cannot help themselves.

I also usually keep several notebooks by my bed just in case an idea hits me in the night, I can write it down quickly before it escapes. So, we have a thing in common there, but I've never kept my notebook under my pillow though 'cause I'm afraid all of its pages would be ruffled. Yes, I'm very nit-picky about such things.

Anyway, enough of my rambling, and write on!

Vatche said...

Hey, Karen/English Writer! I've thought and created behind the steering wheel and while listening to some epic music myself.

Also, I'm not the right one, but Joyce Carol Oates is. I just agree with her words. So, don't give me any of the credit. :)

Write on and think on, Karen! (And try to stay focused on the road while doing it!)

Vatche said...

Hi, Mia (I like your name btw)! It's cool that you are camping out here. I've also been trying to keep up with the dozens of blogs I'm following, as well, so it's okay and understandable.

I agree with the whole mojo-striking idea, but I just jot ideas down and not write the entire story.

It is true on two levels, too, because when you're not writing your story you're thinking about your story and how to make it perfect(or better).

So, Mia, write on and think on!

Vatche said...

Hey, Melissa! It's cool that you can write for two hours straight. Occasionally, I'm very fidgety and can't sit around for that long. I get up half-way through my writing to go for a walk or get some snacks, but I think about how I can add to my story still, so my mind isn't completely off-track! :)

Write on, whenever you can!

Owning the Words said...

Hello! I write mostly at home in my bedroom, sometimes in the middle of the night or whenever inspiration hits me. Writing for me is cyclical so I have roll with it when it peaks and endure when it doesn't. I also keep a pen and paper in the car because a spark will suddenly strike when I'm driving and I don't want to forget it.

PS: I will check out your poetry soon and thank you for reading mine :)

Cheers!

Amparo Ortiz said...

Cool quote, man. I gave you an award on my blog to congratulate you :D

Janet Johnson said...

I write whenever I can sneak it in. Quiet, noise, whatever. Otherwise I'd never do it. Great thought!

Found you at Amparo's blog.

Vatche said...

Alo (I got tired of saying 'Hi', 'Hello', and 'Hey.'), Owning the Words! You're another night writer, I see (or read, I guess). I am also a night writer; I think it's in my half-asleep mind that I create the craziest of plot twists and characters. The good type of crazy. Maybe 'cause I'm so out of it? Who knows? I know, I don't. :)

I always put a pen and paper in my car, but somehow never see them ever again...my car is an infinite black hole, I believe. Though my car is a black hole, it never cleans up after my brother's water bottles or soda cans, which amazes me. So, whenever I have an idea in the car, I usually type it on my cellphone in the Notes section. (Not while driving, of course, that's illegal in California. *wink wink*)

Thank you for taking your time just to comment really. I would be greatly appreciated if you even read one of my poems, if you can, 'cause I want your two cents on it since you're an awesome poet.

Anyway, this comment has gone on long enough. Cheers and write on!

Vatche said...

Hey, Amparo! Thank you for the award, I'll be sure to post it up on my blog as soon as I get the chance...I think the chance will come on Saturday, probably.

I'm so happy, my first award! :D

Write on!

Vatche said...

Alo, Janet! I'm the same, I write and create whenever I can make the time for it.

Thanks for following me; I'm now a follower on your blog, too.

I have to thank Amparo, personally, for showing you to my direction...so Amparo, if you're reading this...Thank you, again!

Write on!

Creepy Query Girl said...

Very true. My husband hates that I hardly ever talk when I'm in the car. I don't like noise either. When i'm in the passanger side, my mind just goes on 'dream' mode and makes up stories.

Vatche said...

Bonjour, Creepy Query Girl!

When I'm in the passenger side, too, my mind often wanders off, too. I usually don't just think of stories, but my mind thinks of everything.

What happened today? Yesterday? This week? What lies in the future ahead?

I usually continue thinking until someone waves his/her hand in front of me and says, "Earth to Vatche, come in." I snap out of it and tell him/her that I'm alive and there. They try to start talking to me, but my mind wanders off again, as you say, into "dream mode."

Funny similarity, really. Thank you for your comment!

Write and think on! :D

Terresa said...

Actually, I write in my car. A lot. It's become this habit. I carry a small spiral notepad (because I don't text very fast yet). And at stop lights, I pour out everything that's been in my head between the last light & the current light.

PS: You're going to UC Irvine?! Awesome! Are you studying English Lit? I got my Master's degree attending classes in SoCal (San Diego area).

Kudos to you, and, as always, write on!!

Vatche said...

Alo, Terresa. That's a nice way of using your time at stop lights wisely...apparently, humans spend like one-third of their lives at stop lights, so at least you're being productive with it.

As for Irvine, yes I am going. I'm studying English with a emphasis in Creative Writing. Thank you for everything, including this comment.

As always, write on!

Bec said...

Hey Vatche. I've awarded you with the versatile blogger award. You can come pick it up from my blog. Have a great day :)

notesfromnadir said...

Most of the time I write in my room which is a cocoon from the world. The door's closed, the blinds closed, a light is on. I write in silence most of the time.

Like Terresa who just commented above, I also write in my car & have a couple of notebooks just for this. I don't mind writing by hand & then transferring the words.

The most important thing is to write, not just to think about it. Get a notebook or even use an MP3 player & talk your idea into that & transfer it to the computer later.

Vatche said...

Thank you, Bec, for the award! I'll pick it up today. Write on and have a great day!

Vatche said...

Hey, Lisa (notesfromnadir)! I usually write in a cocoon from the world, too. Lock myself in my room that is filled with silence, just so that I can write.

Still can't write in my car though, 'cause like I said in a few comments above...my car is a black hole when it comes to pen and paper.

But, I do write my words down most of the time and then transcribe them onto Microsoft Word. I believe that writing down the words, one at a time, makes me concentrate on the story more than zooming past the story by typing 85 words per minute.

Thank you for your two cents and write on!

Imola said...

Vatche, dearest, I am thankful for your award...I shall give it a though, yet I make promises...
It's a nice thing to give awards...I simply dislike the tags...the rules...it is like winning the Nobel Award this year...it automatically means that next year none of your compatriots shall have a chance at being a nominee, not to mention a winner...
Again, it is not lack of gratitude...It is the problem of imposing rules...

To my mind, all those that I have in my blog lists are winners...and all those who comment...These are the people that I appreciate...and to some I link in some of my posts...It's my way of saying that they are worth reading...

Best, Vatche!

And I shall think about your game...I might do it my way...

Vatche said...

Hey, Imola, no problemo on the award YOU deserved it.

You don't have to make no promises or give it out if you don't want to. I thought it would be fun to give some other people credit for making my blog the blog that it is today.

I also believe all my followers are winners to, but I wanted to make it special so I only picked the fifteen.

It's also cool what you do by linking back to the blogs and whatnot. I would just like to thank you personally for your comments and your awesome thoughts. That is all.

So, write on, Imola! Continue to stir my mind with your philosophical awesomeness!

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