I do it in the park, in the backyard, in the parking garage at work, in the library, and today I did it at an 80th birthday party. Write, I mean.
This month has been filled with book events, outings and parties and left little time to work. I’m 75% through my fourth novel and at a critical point. I see light at the end of this loooong tunnel and want to get this project finished. Too much time away and I forget where I was, have to read the whole thing again to get back into the scene….time I can’t afford to waste.
Laptops are awesome. I can sit almost anywhere and work on my next novel. I can vary my location for a change of atmosphere, write a creepy scene in a creepy place, sit in the park and eavesdrop and use snippets of conversation in my scenes – I’ve picked up some fab ideas this way. I haven’t yet worked in a graveyard, but I haven’t ruled it out.
Whenever I work “in public”, people can’t help asking what I’m doing, then when they find out it’s a book they want to offer all sort of ideas. I love this. They don’t know how helpful some of their ideas are. I’ve used quite a few and, in return, I let them choose a name for one of my characters.
For me, writing in public is an excellent way to stay fresh, generate ideas and connect with readers. What about you?