Where do you write?  I can hear you asking yourself, “What does “where” have to do with time management?”

Some people consider where they write to have a major role in how they write.

I have two choices:  (1) our desktop computer in an office I share with my husband who operates a small business; and (2) my laptop, usually in the family room.

Two nights a week and one afternoon each week my husband is away from the house at band practices.  Quiet time abounds then, and I feel I’m my most productive.  But sometimes the phone rings, or there are chores to wrap up, or any one of several mundane tasks to carry out.

Some months ago, I was reading a blog post by Linda Hoye who writes at A Slice of Life Writing.  The title of the post really caught my attention:  My Writing Life — Location, Location, Location.

As I read Linda’s post, I realized that she had made her writing space and time sacred to her work.  She described the lack of distractions if she worked in the library or a coffee shop, somewhere other than home.  What really struck me was her deliberate setting aside of writing time.

Not only was location important, but balance between her writing life and her life aside from writing.  Linda gives much food for thought about where and when she writes.  I think — no, I know I need to follow her lead.

Q4U:  Is your writing time scheduled?  Do you have a quiet space to work?  Is your time distraction-free?  Let’s chat about how you find balance.

NEXT TIME:  Part 4 will bring this series to a close with a look at using an editorial calendar to bring ease to your writing.