I have a gorgeous study on the third floor of our colonial-style farm house. But even though it's big and pretty and has everything you need to get the job done (including several windows for daydreaming), I didn't spend much time up there this winter. Mostly because during the colder months we tend to turn the heat down, and I never seemed to plan ahead far enough to remember to turn it back up before I wanted to sit up there.
So instead of creating a masterpiece at my official desk, which I named this blog after, I set up shop quite often with my laptop at my dining room table. Writing has become unbelievably portable these days. What used to take a heavy typewriter now just needs a paper-thin tablet. I recently was talking with a teen who proudly showed me the short story she wrote entirely on her phone while she rode the city bus. And she's not alone. Christopher Paul Curtis wrote Bud, Not Buddy during his lunch breaks at work. And we all know J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter amid the buzz of a neighborhood cafe while her baby napped.
What it comes down to is, when there's a story inside you, it demands to get out no matter where you are or what you're doing. Where will you be when your story strikes? Who knows, but you'll definitely want to be ready for it wherever you are.
Where is your favorite writing spot?