Where Writer’s Write

So where do writer’s write? Some take their laptops to a crowded cafe, and are comfortable writing with onlookers peeping over their shoulders. Some want solitude, with everything organized around them, phone off and kids banned so there are no distractions while they pursue their story. Some have special places where they write, with their writing materials handy. So, I’m going to ask the authors who read this to put WHERE and WHEN they like to write in the comment section.

Rebecca York has a special sunroom lounge that she shares with her cats, and Jacquie Rogers has a special office that she inhabits until 4 AM, dictating her stories before pounding the keys.

Personally, my writing space depends upon the time of day, the weather, and just how I’m feeling. If I set myself a planned space and time, I don’t produce as much. When I write in the early mornings (I’m up sometimes when Jacquie’s up), which is the most often, I grab my laptop and throw a blanket over my shoulders and sit on the edge of the bed for an hour or three, until done. Then it’s time to get dressed and start the day.

If it is really sunny and nice outside, I’ll take my laptop out to a lawn swing and write there. If it is raining and stormy, the gas fireplace invites me to write next to it. I do have an office, where I make and edit videos for my Raising Giants home school program, and produce the Show & Tell Bible, but I find it hard to write my novels there.

I used to plan all my stories out, but find it is better to just write them, as I lose interest in a story if I know where it’s going. Once written, then I go back and make sure everything works. I’ve tried the dictation method like Jacquie uses, but actually speaking the words makes me lose my train of thought. I write faster and better directly on the computer.

So authors, where and when is your best writing time/space?

My latest novel is another thriller in the Brother’s of Spirit series. (First one was Height of Danger). New novel is Terminal Pursuit, not quite finished. I’m waiting for the book cover and must do a complete re-write before I put it up for pre-sale.

The Quietest Woman in the South is a post Civil War story about love, friendship, and responsibility. It has spots of humor amid the danger, and was a lot of fun to write. Evil men always have kin, and the hero and his friends have to fight the same family several times until they are free of their threat. Normally $2.99, it is on sale for $.99 this October, 2017.

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About Nancy Radke

A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.  View website


  1. Where I write best: in my small office at my standup desk, with my two dogs at my feet.

    I can write in other locations if I have to, but I really prefer the seclusion and quiet of my own space. 🙂

  2. I like to have a spiral notebook (but it has to have the curlies on top) with me for those bursts of inspiration, but my recliner is my location of choice when it’s ‘get ‘er done’ time. Rocky, my two-toned Pomeranian sits by my right elbow, content that I’m sitting still. I’ve heard that shutting off the internet helps get more words written, but there are so many instances in my stories where I need to fact check that I can’t do that. I do my best writing, or at least I’m more prolific, in the evenings. There’s always someone or something I have to do during the day that can’t be postponed. The good news is that the more I write, the less I eat! I’m still trying to shed baby fat from 21 years ago,

  3. Whoa, I WISH I could write in public! I’m one of ‘Those” who prefer to write with no distractions. My muse is very sensitive to outside stimuli!

    Envy those who can hit Starbucks or wherever to craft their stories.

    Thanks for sharing, Nancy, love reading other authors’ POV’s regarding writing prose.


  4. I write best in my office. However, for nearly 2 years I’ve seldom had that luxury. I’ve learned to take my old AlphaSmart with me or a blank book. I find writing in hospital and doctor waiting rooms very distracting. Chatty people always want to know what I’m doing if I’m on the laptop or AlphaSmart. Too avoid ending up in conversation since I can’t be rude–it’s that southern manners upbringing–I’ve learned to write in a blank notebook. Funny thing is that no one ever asks a man on a laptop what he’s doing!

  5. Like Dani, I have a notebook I can run to and jot down ideas and thoughts at any time. I have one in my master bathroom too, because sometimes I wake up with an idea and don’t want to lose it, so I run in there and can turn the light on without waking the hubby to write it down.

    Normally I can write anywhere in my house, but I’ve got a favorite spot in my sunroom looking out at the landscaping and woods behind me (when I’m in the house alone). I love sitting on my front porch when the weather cooperates. But it seems I do the bulk of my writing in my office.

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