~ This is a #daybook entry on #ruckology In which Brandon L. Rucker chronicles a random event from his day ~
So today I am again writing at the local public library in my small city, a place of refuge and solitude. You may be wondering: “Well, if you’re a writer, don’t you have a study or office at home?” Why, yes, I sure do. And I do spend an inordinate amount of time in it on a daily basis. However, a home office is a very familiar and comfortable place. It’s a very crucial writing space to have, make no mistake, but it can also be a place where every so often you can become too comfortable and complacent. Not to mention there’s just something about home that lends itself to distractions and disruptions. So I’ve come to realize lately that it’s good to regularly escape one’s domicile for a writer’s refuge at a relatively quiet place of study like a public library. There are two big libraries to which I have membership, and one of them has private study rooms in which you can setup your workstation. That’s what I’ve been doing the past couple of weekends and today I actually got up early enough to make sure I got the most coveted room in the building, the one that’s always occupied by someone when I arrive, but today was not that day.
I have to say it’s amazing how fast time flies when holed up at the library writing or reading, compared to how slow time passes at the day job during the week. This is just something I need to make a regular habit of doing because at home I get a bit restless and start welcoming distractions, or conversely when I’m locked in inevitably something or someone in my home requires or outright demands my attention. Or more likely the case, absolute silence is not achievable. Still, I am very grateful for my private writing space at home, which prior to three years ago didn’t exist when our family dwelling was a mere two-bedroom apartment. I can’t imagine ever going back to a time where optimal writing space is an elusive thing.
Hopefully all you fellow scribes out there have suitable writing space as well.
I’m at my desk at the moment, which is cluttered with books, but I am often distracted. If I can sit myself down and focus, then I’ll get something done- like for example, I wrote out a significant amount of plot timeline for my original work. But sometimes I will be snacking, checking my emails and listening to music whilst writing in my head. I live not far from a fantastic library, but I might branch out in places where I can write peacefully. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Definitely do whatever you can to find that much needed creative space. It’s so so crucial, which obviously you know judging by your comment. You almost have to imprison yourself. Solitary confinement with very few accommodations. It’s sad, really, this writing thing if ours LOL.