Side note: I had every intention of writing about my favorite quotes from the books I blogged about last week, but I’m scrapping that and writing about the following instead. I suppose I should stop being such a Type A and rather than plan out what I’m going to write, just write on a whim instead! In any case, I’ll save that post for another day (maybe). On to more important things…
People often ask me when I find the time to write, and when I do find it, where I write. Between a full-time job and being a full-time mom/wife, the truth is—there isn’t much time (in case you missed it, this is the post I wrote a while back on how I divvy up my time: To Blog, or Not to Blog...Now, That's the Real Question). In terms of where, well, that would be where I am right now: in my bed, propped up against my red plush back rest, with my laptop resting on my legs and my four-year-old taking up seventy-five percent of the space (don’t even get me started as to why she’s not sleeping in her room). This is where I write every single night. Nothing fancy. Or amazing. No floor to ceiling windows with sunset views of endless sky and glistening ocean. No blankets of stars or the tranquility of being out in the middle of nowhere. Just my bed in our decently-sized bedroom, with a small bedside lamp, and if I’m lucky, a glimpse of the moon when it slowly passes across the skylight overhead.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind it at all, because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you write; it’s what you write. You can write in one of the most exotic places on earth, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to come back with a Pulitzer Prize piece of writing. Then again, where you write could be the key to your inspiration, unlocking ideas you didn’t know you had and getting the creative juices flowing.
I came up with a list of places that I would love to seclude myself in and just write…all day long! The first one is a place that I actually stayed at last year, and the others are all places I hope to get to one day.
Last year, I found this AMAZING guest house on a ranch just east of San Diego on AirBnB. The moment I saw the pictures, I knew it would be the perfect retreat to do some writing. Two pivotal scenes from Never Stop Falling were written in the three days that I spent there. Plus, there’s an inspirational story behind the ranch itself, and that’s what also drew me in.
Joshua Tree, California
Vintage Airstream Trailer? Check! In the middle of the desert? Check! A blanket of stars at night? Check! Though it may feel like an inferno during the summer, this would be pure heaven for a writer.
It’s Paris. The City of Love. Need I say more? This little studio apartment looks like the perfect place to write that bestselling romance novel.
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
This listing had me sold at “Treehouse,” and the “Secret Cove” was just an added bonus. And I have to admit…I only know of Vancouver Island because of Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren. If you know me, I’m a sucker for seeking out real life places in books. And perhaps a part of me hopes I’ll stumble upon Finn Roberts somewhere.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
If you’ve never seen Somewhere in Time with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves, stop reading this post now and WATCH IT PLEASE. Then I don’t have to explain why this would be the perfect place to write.
New Bern, North Carolina
This is another one of those book towns that I want to visit (yup, The Notebook!). The house itself isn’t what attracted me to it, but that lake? That dock? It has “Noah and Allie pounding rain kiss” written all over it.
I don’t know where in the Adirondacks this is. All I know is that I could sit in one of those chairs with a cup of hot tea and my laptop all day.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
This is one of those “I watched the made for TV miniseries but never read the books” places. For anyone that read the books or watched the miniseries back in the 80s, Anne of Green Gables, you know what I’m talking about. I mean, look at it! This beach cottage is just absolutely stunning.
There you have it. Aren’t these places amazing? Even if you aren’t a writer, these are all destinations that anyone could find total comfort in. Complete relaxation. And I’m almost certain you won’t have a problem with a four-year-old sticking their foot on your computer screen as you type, or smacking their hand over your keyboarddkfjldkaf every five;oidf minutes.