Privacy. Me time. Light. Atmosphere. Tea/Coffee. Snug. Notepad and pen.
These are a few things I think of when I try to define my physical space for writing. A strong Wi-Fi connection has found its way into the list as well more recently 😛
Ideal place for writing would be at a table in a corner, near a window with a good view, with the right amount of light and enough natural light streaming in the room. It can be any sort of weather outside but overall it must be cozy with the right amount of shade and sun, or shelter if it’s raining.
Although I mentioned a notepad, nowadays I’m switching to writing more on more on my laptop and this wonderful thing caters to my need for music, endless set of blank pages, easy storage and general browsing. Which invariably means having a socket nearby to charge the friend and a good Wi-Fi connection. I might not be using it most of the time but I still need it there, just in case.
There should be enough room to accommodate the phone, earphones, laptop, a medium sized notepad, a pen that’s good to hold and writes smoothly, and a pencil and a pot of anything, after I have plonked down my bag. There should be room for all this + elbow room to write and room to tip the chair without decimating something (especially china) from time to time.
Above all else, I need a sense of privacy and “me time” in my physical space.
Whether I am sitting with people I know, by myself at a bistro table on the sidewalk, in a crowded room, I am happy to have people around as long as they don’t try to include me in a conversation or feel obliged to begin one. Companionable silence is so underrated.
Having thought so much about an “ideal place” truth be told, if I get some “me time”, a place that feels right and something to write with, it will be a good place to write and for that moment – it will be my ideal place to right.