Charles Bukowski once wrote in Notes of a Dirty Old Man that
“There is only one place to write and that is alone at a typewriter. The writer who has to go into the streets is a writer who does not know the streets. . . . when you leave your typewriter you leave your machine gun and the rats come pouring through”.
I remember reading somewhere else that Ernest Hemingway loved to write standing up.
There were also women like Virginia Woolf who believed “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”.
My writing process is not complicated. It is very simple. I love writing at night when the people are dreaming with their eyes closed and I am dreaming with mine own.
A good selection of Reggae music should be playing in my headphones. Ideally, I love to have some herbs to burn every now and again during the writing process.
These ingredients take me from reality to inhabit the world I am writing in. Everything ceases to exist and it is just me and the story world.
That is when I am at my best when there are no distractions like phones ringing or people disturbing me and breaking me out of my other existence.
I feel fortunate that I am not one of those writers who can function [write] only when the conditions are perfect.
I can write in crowded places like libraries, lecture rooms, on the street etc. I can write in the office [I have to – it is part of my job].
I can write on the train, underground or on the bus. I can write almost anywhere. But I can’t write in coffee shops. I hate coffee. It makes me nauseous. And I could never write in a nauseating environment.
I feel lucky that I am pretty versatile: I am a chameleon that can change its colours depending on it’s environment.
Yes, that is it. I am a chameleon. I am always at home – writing in any environment. I don’t need a special space to write. Ideally, Reggae music, herbs and night time are perfect for me to write but I can write anywhere else with or without all of those essentials.
I have just written this in the library during the day while listening to Reggae music: the mix below is the one I was listening to.