Who wouldn’t feel inspired to write with this as a view? I took this photo at Noel Coward’s estate, Firefly, in Jamaica. This was the view from his writing room. (He also had a large private income as well which can’t have hindered his writing in any way!)
So where do you write? Where inspires you to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard? Bestselling author Marian Keyes claims she writes in bed wearing her pyjamas. Roald Dahl created his magical stories in an armchair in his beloved garden shed which was his writing hideaway. Carrie Bradshaw penned her column whilst gazing out of the window of her New York apartment. A friend wrote her first historical romance novels whilst on her commute to her day job, and now frantically writes at the kitchen table once the children are in bed.
I write on the train too, at home at the dining table, in the garden and I love writing on holiday – for me, sunlounger writing is fabulous. When I’m relaxed and in holiday mood, the creativity just flows. However, attempts to go on writing retreats have failed dismally as I am too easily distracted. On a writing retreat in Nice I shopped, did the museums and Old Town – and wrote not a single word. I had more success in September 2009 when I holed up at Champneys for a weekend and produced the first three chapters of my novel – which has sadly remained a work in progress.
I guess it’s an individual thing and once again, the secret to writing success is just sitting down and doing it, wherever that is: under the duvet, at the kitchen table, on the 7.59 to London or in a study with breathtaking Caribbean views. We are hoping to move shortly and I am going to have a room just dedicated to my writing and crafts. However, I still need to put my bum on the chair and write and not spend too much time decorating the room!