3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write

3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write
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3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write Books

Do you need peace and quiet when you write? Some quiet place to write your books so you can focus and get into the writing zone?

I know I do. I work best in my office, alone, with the door closed. And if you're anything like me, you need peace and quiet to get any writing done, too. For me, I haven't had much experience working around others or in chaos, and I haven't been in a position where I needed to make a chaotic environment work. If chaos occurs, I can just put my writing dreams on hold. No biggy, right?

After all these years, I really wish I had worked harder at getting the writing done. But that's neither here nor there. I can't go back and change the past. What I can do now is move forward toward my writing goals and secure a happier present and future for myself and everyone around me.

While I suggest that you do everything you can to make a chaotic environment work for you, I'll leave you with some tips on finding your quiet place to write now so that you can move forward right now rather than later. Waiting until you have finally accepted your current chaotic writing environment to write won't do you any favors. 

1. Find what works for you.

When finding a quiet writing place, it's important that you find what works for you. When you start taking advantage of every writing opportunity you get, even when it's noisy, you begin to savor those productive writing moments.

2. Squeeze in minutes to write.

If you have little ones, can you write while they're sleeping? Could you stay up an extra 10 minutes while everyone is asleep or wake up earlier? Take advantage of those quiet moments as much as you can. Plan your quiet writing time around everyone else's quiet time. Maybe you could get a few minutes of writing in while you're in the bathroom (pretend, if you have to!) or maybe you could go for a walk and take your notebook with you.

3. Look beyond the house.

When you're trying to figure out where to go to write, sometimes you need to get a little creative. Maybe that quiet place is in a study room at the library, or on a park bench when no one is around, or in your car. Where do you need to go to get the quiet time you need to get your writing done?

When you set out into a writing career, it's important that you're able to reach your goals. Otherwise unhappiness will consume you and you'll be sucked into a life that doesn't satisfy you. Life isn't supposed to be about struggling; it's about building relationships with people and having an impact in their lives. Stop taking the easy way out by saying "It's too hard" or "I don't have time" or "I'll write when the kids are in school."

If you want to be a writer, you need to start acting like one. Get the writing done. Find a way and make the time. You owe it to yourself to do that. There will never be a better time.

We could all learn from Dan Kennedy, a top direct response marketer and author of No B.S. Time Management. He writes every day for two hours. It doesn't matter if an emergency has come up or if his mother is in town visiting–he writes no matter what.

If we want to be successful writers, we need to adopt that philosophy and that determination. Even if it's just for 30 minutes a day, we need to do it. We owe it to ourselves and our happiness.

What's your favorite quiet place to write? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jody Calkins
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Jody Calkins

Freelance Writer & Book Editor at Emery Road Writing Services, LLC
Jody Calkins is a Freelance Writer & Book Editor, Writer's Coach, Content Marketing Strategist, Blogger, Pilot's Wife. Her unique talent is as a Back-to-Basics Step-By-Step Writing Expert who currently serves hundreds of clients in over 50 countries. Her editing services and training programs help novelists improve their writing skills, get motivated to write, improve productivity and time management, and battle self-doubt and other roadblocks. She works with middle-grade, young adult, and adult books in a variety of genres including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, and Self-Help.
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  • Momwithideas2

    Oh my gosh!!!! Thank you for being here. I’m going crazy trying to find time….I’m a working mom with eight kids…my life is consumed and I so want to write…lots of never ending ideas and character development and storyline s that change…constantly…new characters entering…its been so hard organizing it….but what makes it so hard is finding the time to write and get into character…in order to write and draw the reader in…

  • Satomlin57

    My situation has been just the opposite: Too much alone and quiet time! I recently took a job in my prior profession and am moving to another state where I will be near relatives (the kind that are very demanding!). I think I need this to focus in the time I have left after working. It also relieves the mental tension from money worries which is a big writer’s “block.”
    The house I have chosen is not my ideal place to write. There are no woods, no creek, no vast space around the house. I decided to follow Annie Dillard’s lead and paint the scenery I like on the walls of my study. …We shall see how it works out.

  • Hi there! Thanks for your comment. Good luck with your move and new job! It’s amazing what can happen to our writing when that burden of money-making is lifted. I hope the change inspires you!

    Best wishes,
    Jody