My approach to a writing routine can be divided into two distinct eras. The time when I wrote for fun, and the time when I studied my MA and wrote to make a living.
In the old days, when I didn’t spend every waking moment writing, I had this notion that there was a perfect setting to produce the best writing. The conditions had to be:
Well, deadlines and kids and MAs have put paid to all that fluff. Now the only things I need for a perfect writing place are:
Gone is the working up to writing where I clear my head and think deeply. It’s all about rolling up the sleeve and turning up to the screen. So – here are just a few recent locations for writing:
The BBC canteen
A hair salon
A writing retreat
A climbing centre
And it’s actually very liberating. Whether I’m hurtling on the train to Paddington or trying to avoid my laptop getting splashed by the pool, with practice I can drop out of the world and get right into my script. And it’s only limited by a plug socket.