We’ve made it. 52 Weeks of Write Anywhere Venues. Blow the Party Horns! LOL
Write Anywhere has been around for a year. Maybe this is your first time joining us or maybe you’ve been hanging in with me the entire year. Write Anywhere is a challenge I gave myself to write somewhere different every week. I thought it would help me deal with perfectionism and procrastination in my writing, because theoretically, writers should be able to write anywhere and I have been an expert at delaying writing because it wasn’t the ‘right’ place or time. I thought I would blog about it to see if there was anyone out there who might need the same inspiration for creativity I was trying to find. Fortunately for me, you decided to come along on the journey.
It’s been a challenging year. Some weeks I didn’t want to write anywhere. Some weeks I wasn’t able to get out for chronic illness reasons. But after a year of writing anywhere, I’ve been working toward what I set out to do: to center myself, to stop my chronic procrastination, to build discipline and consistency in a creative way for my writing goals, and to promote a dialogue with writers and other creatives.
It’s also been a fun year. I wrote on a bus, in a cemetery, in a field, in an aquarium, and at a labyrinth. I wrote in a pub and at a convent. At midnight and at sunrise. See the Write Anywhere Venues tab for a complete list. For my first Write Anywhere, I shared My Little Corner where I had a table space in my bedroom for writing. For my anniversary Write Anywhere, I’ve evolved from a space to a place.
Write Anywhere #52: Home Office
I have an office! After Artist Daughter got married and she SLOWLY moved her creative self and all her paraphernalia out of her bedroom, it became my office. Some people like a minimalistic style for a workspace, but I decided I wanted mine to be fun and playful. I’ve been slowly collecting kitschy things with a tie to my childhood.
I’m enjoying it a lot, and this week I burrowed in at my office and got some scenes outlined on my historical fiction. It felt great to make progress.
Which brings me to what’s ahead in year two of kristin nador writes anywhere. I’ll be focusing more on creative and inspirational posts rather than blog and social media information during the next months, although my most-read posts have been informational.
Why do that?
For two reasons: there is a glut of blogs sharing blogging and social media information in the blogosphere right now and because I need to love what I’m writing if I’m going to continue to be passionate and consistent. If you’re a writer-blogger, I encourage you to do the same. If we don’t have passion, it’s hard to stick with your blog on a long-term basis. Maybe I’ll change my mind after a few months. But that’s what’s great about blogging. You can follow your interests and passions and find like-minded folks to journey with you.
That doesn’t mean I’m throwing out the informational posts, but they’ll be more curation style. We’ll also have some interviews, picking the brains of some real creative folks, as well as book reviews and of course more Write Anywhere venues.
My schedule has also become “-ish” because I’ve neglected my priorities of my health and my novel, so I’ll be balancing my time in a way to reflect that. There will also be two new contributors joining us on our venues.
Meet Pete and Repeat. Pete is the girl.
They’ll join me for some fun photo ops on our writing adventures from time to time.
And now what you’ve been waiting for.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of Write Anywhere venues, I am having a giveaway. I want to encourage writers to write anywhere and think outside the creativity box, so here’s what 3 lucky winners will get:
- giveaway #1: Writing Away by Lavinia Spalding, a great book about travel journaling and a pack of 2 Moleskine notebooks to get you started on your own Write Anywhere adventures.
- giveaway #2: Crafting The Personal Essay: Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore and a pack of Post-It notes to capture all your awesome ideas. I’m currently working through this book and it has really helped me with my writing.
- giveaway #3: The 101 Habits of Successful Novelists by Andrew McAleer and a set of Uniball pens (my personal favorite).
How to get your name in the hat to win?
- Subscribe to kristin nador writes anywhere
- Post in the comments which giveaway you’d like to win.
- If you already subscribe, just post a comment telling me if there was a Write Anywhere venue that inspired you (it’s okay if you don’t have one) and which giveaway you’d like to receive.
This giveaway is only for those in the U.S. and Canada, sorry. The comments will be open for one week to give everyone a chance to enter then all the names will be thrown in my writer hat and Pinkerton will help choose the winners. I’ll announce the winners in next week’s Write Anywhere venue post.
Just for fun, head on over to hashtag #writeanywhere on Twitter anytime today from 10am to 6pm U.S. Central time where we’ll be celebrating with virtual cocktails and buffet, sharing our favorite writing venues, talking about what color I should paint my new office, and where the heck did Pete and Repeat get their names.
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