Monday, May 16, 2011

What do you need to write?

Next week is finals week which means this week I am running around with my head on crooked trying to get projects done and snapping at all who try to speak to me. As much as I would love the excuse to ramble about something I'm not going to be graded on I don't have much of a post for you today. Instead I will leave you with a quote followed by a question.

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
--Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Would you agree? What do you need in order to write? Quiet? A certain pen? Enough sleep? Sleep deprivation? Coffee?


  1. Quiet aloneness where I don't dread somebody beckoning me for some purpose I'm most likely ill-suited for. Good luck on the projects/finals!

  2. I definitely need the time alone. I suppose by money she meant having the freedom to write without spending all your time and energy at a dull job in order to pay the bills. I don't need much money because I have divested myself of debt and "things" and I no longer frequent malls and such. But I do need insurance. I work for the insurance, and I know I'm not alone in that pathetic state of affairs.

  3. I don't know if MUST is the right word, but I agree it helps. Actually I should make that a sign and hang it over the door to my study. Only I would add "Now leave me alone."

    Good luck on finals. Don't envy you there.

  4. Bane -- Quiet aloneness is definately helpful and thank you. I shall need it.

    Yvonne --You're right. I think by "money" she mostly meant "time" and maybe "not-being-too-hungry-or-stressed-about-other-things-to-concentrate". I am often amazed by writers who manage to create beautiful books without those things.

    L.G. --I would steal your idea of making it a sign if I had my own door to hang it on. So yes, "must" is probably not the right word. Still, highly desired.

  5. I have what I need (my desk, computer/internet), but I wouldn't mind a little room entirely devoted to writing with some shelves for all my helpful books. That would be nice.

  6. Love that quote! I need absolute silence and time! Great post!

    Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
    YA Paranormal Romance Darkspell coming fall of 2011!


  7. Good luck with everything, Taryn. A few years ago I would have never said that money was an issue to writing. But lately I do feel like money would provide a certain sense of security that would allow me to pursue my writing goals more successfully. (If you have any spare cash, please let me know.) I also think the opportunity to think clearly is critical.

  8. I find writing is easier to do when I surround myself with colorful characters I know from real life. A muse is necessary for art, no?

  9. I have to have my computer (not just the laptop, the keyboard, the docking station, all of it), a bottle of water, and my playlist. ;)

    BTW, I'm giving you an award tomorrow on my blog, so please drop by if you have time! :)

  10. I need quiet! But sometimes music! No voices, though, except singing is okay unless it's a song I've never heard before. Then I won't write because I'll just sit there and listen to the lyrics over and over and over again.

    Wow, I'm picky. It's a miracle I write at all.