Saturday, October 25, 2008

Where's Your Mojo Maximized?

For the past two weeks I have been lucky enough to have two WONDERFUL writers covering for me... a huge gift, and one for which I am deeply thankful. I know everyone enjoyed their posts. I did, too. While I was taking a little break I got a lot of writing done. Started a new contemporary, did some more work on my young adult, and really enjoyed being a reader of this blog without worrying about posting. There is so much talent here it inspires me to do better.

I couldn't help but notice something I've talked about with other writers alot. I work better in certain places. One of them is Snow Pond in Maine, where I did a recent get-away with my man-unit.



We have a house in Oakland on the water and it never fails to inspire me, restore me, lift me up, and give me a refreshed attitude toward the world and my work. I love the quiet, the solitude, and the many memories. Plus watching Max and Jeeves chase ducks, chipmunks, and leaves is a hoot.

When I'm back in Green Harbor I cruise the cafes. I still Starbucks. I still love the cafes in Borders and Barnes and Noble. I still love places like Blue Dog and Wired for Life and the Chocolate Cafe. I love anyplace with good espresso, nice little nibbly bits, and a decent signal.



But the best place? The best place to write is the beach. In the winter, when it gets so bitter sitting outside is not possible, I park at the Harbor or head for one of the local places with a view. But for most of the three seasons I can manage the outdoors I grab my laptop and go right to the water. I may be cursed to set everything I ever write in a coastal town. Why?




Cuz that's where the mojo is. So... where's yours hiding?

4 comments:

  1. My mojo can often be found on airplanes. Where there is no available internet.

    Other than that, my mojo comes when I demand it. When I make myself write, it happens. When I slack off and decide there are other things more interesting to do, oddly enough my mojo disappears.

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  2. My mojo. Hmmm. I'm not sure I've been at this long enough to know. I do most of my writing on my big, comfy couch (which will be paid off in one more payment, woot!).

    I go if fits and spurts. I was stuck for a couple of months, but decided to attack the ms from the end and write it out of order and that has helped.

    I do find that I need to have at least an hour before writing to settle in. And I find that it's hard for me to get more than an hour without having to stop and go pick someone up or go here or there...so I am sometimes out of luck.

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  3. Oooooooh good question. I'm not sure, actually, LOL. I try to force my mojo to come...but it does like visually stimulating environments, I know that. :D

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  4. My new fave place to write is outside on the screen porch at my house. I call it my "autumn office." It's getting cooler here, but it's still warm enough to sit outside and write.

    Otherwise, I loved writing at a beach house we rented one January in Amelia Island, FL. And I'm still a big fan of writing at Panera.

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