Where do you write?

By Jonathan Byrd
 

Where do you write? I recall once seeing an ad where someone was asking about a long-term rental either in the woods or on a lake so they could write their story. That may well be the place they need to go to write, but one can write anywhere.

Stephen King, early in his career, wanted an enormous desk to write on. Once, in a hotel he was staying in, the staff opened a room with such a desk and he wrote an entire story while on vacation with his family. He felt like he had arrived when he got his giant desk. Many years later, he got rid of it because it had taken him too far away from the world and things he loved.

JK Rowling came up with the idea of Harry Potter while riding the Metro, but had nothing to write with or on. She kept riding, repeating the story in her mind until she was sure she wouldn’t forget it, then got off and wrote it down.

Pencil and paper, typewriter or word processor, anything can be used to write. I know that Douglas Adams once wrote an article on an Apple Newton. He also mentioned the Bronte brother wanted to show the power of the human will by dying standing up. Adams’s point was that like Branwell Bronte, it was a feat he would not be repeating. But the where and how are many and varied.

For me, it is certainly an anywhere, anytime, anything sort of process. For my completed historical fiction novel, Seafood Capital of the World, I started writing in 1984 by hand on looseleaf paper. I moved to a notepad, then a typewriter, then when the typewriter ribbon stopped advancing I added a sheet of carbon paper and kept typing, then I got an IBM with Microsoft Works so I transferred the words, then after a brief tryst through WordPerfect on to Word, finally settling into Scrivener in 2013. That must have been the trick, because I “finished” the story in 2019. Of course, it’s been added to and edited several times since.

On paper, on cardboard, on napkins, laptop, desktop, MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and on my hand. All places and things I’ve written on. The only thing done more than the “on” is the “where” I’ve written.

Most of my writing has been at home, and most of that inside. But there have been other places. Outside, on the deck, on the porch, in the yard, and when I lived on a lake, I sometimes wrote on the pier or on the boat. Hotel, motel, Airbnb, restaurant, cafe, parking lot at work, airplane, bus, in every seat of a car, even the driver’s seat where I may or may not have been moving.

I have written things my entire life. The only reason I’ve been reading longer is I didn’t know how to write yet. Over the course of time I have written in many states, Alabama, Mississippi, Washington, Arizona, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, California, Maine, and Alaska, to name just a few. In the last decade I branched out internationally, too. Afghanistan, Kuwait, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Poland, Denmark (there was something rotten there), Czech Republic, and Switzerland, to name just a few. Currently, I am writing this while looking over at the Bavarian Alps, one of my family’s favorite places to go in the entire world. Confine myself to writing at a desk, or in the woods? Never. There are too many words to write, too many things to see, and too many places to do it from. And everything is a story if you think hard enough about it.

Do you have a writing niche or are you a pantser when it comes to location? What makes it special, or what makes not having a place the right one for you? Don’t transcend commenting, go to the website (or below) at https://transcendent-authors.com/ and join the conversation.

Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd is a husband, father of three daughters, and an optimist, some might say, Micawber. He was born in Biloxi and never imagined living anywhere else. However, after leaving, he never imagined moving back.

The more he sees of the world, the more he wants to see and the smaller it gets. While his favorite genre to write in is science fiction, he has completed and is polishing Seafood Capital of the World, a historical fiction novel set in the Prohibition Era on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which was a finalist in the 2021 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. When he isn’t writing, he’s thinking about writing even if it looks like he’s doing something else—like work. He has an answer for everything, opinion on anything, and is quiet about nothing.

Find more information about Jonathan, his novels/novellas, and his works in progress, on his website http://byrdmouse.com, or follow him on:

 

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Dena Linn

AN INTERVIEW WITH YASH SEYEDBAGHERI
BY DENA LINN

Welcome to a new section in our newsletter.

We hope you enjoy hearing a more about each of our authors.

To kick off the section is Dena Linn Interviewing Yash Seyedbagheri.

Yash-Seyedbagheri

Transcendent Authors

Anthologies

Tolerance Anthology
Autumn-An Anthology
Spring-The Unexpected
Winter-An-End-and-a-Promise
Summer-When Doors Open

SUMMER IS HERE!

Are you ready for this?

Doors open for you to walk through and discover what’s on the other side.

Or maybe you walk out into the garden or yard and sit with a book in hand, an iced tea or lemonade on a little side table next to you. You take a sip now and then to beat back the heat. The umbrella over your head shades you from the scorching sun, and a breeze softly blows across your brow until a golf ball lands with a thump right next to your lounge chair, inches from hitting you!

Standing up, you check yourself to make sure it really missed you, and then you turn your eyes, focusing on the golf cart zipping your way with two laughing men in it. That is until they spot you holding the florescent yellow golf ball in your hand.

By the time they get to your fence, you are throwing up their ball and down one handed, glaring at them.

WHAT’S NEXT?

We have completed the Seasons Series with the release of our last book, Summer—When Doors Open. Our next book release is similar to our very first anthology, Tolerance. The new one will be called Deceit. It will contain ten stories for you to enjoy and will be released in November. We will reveal the new cover in our next Newsletter, so keep your eye on your email for a special announcement. We’re excited to show you the cover, and let you know when you can pre-order.

Until the next time…

Kathleen Osborne

Kathleen Osborne
Founder