The MTV Books Blog will close on October 31. Follow us to our new home at YA Outside the Lines on November 1!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

When and where do you write?

I write whenever I can. That usually means a few mornings a week, some nights and on the weekends. I am a night person by nature but have become more flexible since having kids. I love to write so any time is a good time for me. If I'm under deadline then writing definitely becomes a priority over mounting laundry and mopping. Okay, it's true I'd do a lot of things instead of tackling household chores!

You can usually find me writing at one of two places: my home office, pictured here or at my local Starbucks. I write at home when I need it really quiet (minus the family:) and I write at Starbucks when I need to be away from the distraction of toys strewn about the house and little voices (very cute voices but still distracting:).

At home I can play my music as loud as I want, use the internet for research and stare at my little believe sign given to me by my son a couple of years ago when he was five (pictured here). This works great for new scenes. However, when I am editing a book I prefer to go to Starbucks where nobody knows my name and I can fill up on coffee.

One of my favorite things about writing is that it can be done virtually anywhere. I have not written in the shower or in a hot air balloon but I have written at a stop light while driving and in plenty of waiting rooms.


Jan Blazanin said...

Tell the truth, Danielle, you cleaned up your desk before you took that picture. I'm going to need a crane and bulldozer to get my desk looking that good!

Danielle Joseph said...

Jan, I try to keep my desk pretty clean but I do share it with my hubby so that is another story. However, what you don't see is the couch behind it that I pile everything on that doesn't have a home:)!

IMAGINE said...

I really enjoyed your post. I spent yesterday cleaning and my desk still doesn't look like yours. Thanks for answering a question I was curious to ask. Like you I write mostly in the morning or evening and I laughed when you said you write at home or Starbuck's. My book has been written in the house and at Barnes & Noble while my daughter is at cheerleading practice.

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

The believe sign is so sweet. I surround myself with reminders of the people who care & believe too in my writing space.