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Small Writing Steps in Favourite Places

Writing on a bench

One of my favourite writing places

I apologise for not blogging for a while as all my writing time is going into the rewrite of my book Juggling Life, Kids and You.  It’s going well though and I’m pleased with my progress as I’m about half way through!  By taking small writing steps each day, things are moving forward a lot quicker than just thinking about doing it.

Whilst I do most of my editing on the train, I find that I can increase the amount of work I get done by varying where I write.  Here is a list of my favourite writing places:

TRAIN – The 30 minutes on the train to and from work is the best time for me to focus – it’s like I’m in another world editing what I’ve written and typing new content.

CAFE – I occasionally sit in a cafe with a hot chocolate typing away.  I particularly like a window seat so that I can break away from my laptop and watch the world go by.

BED – Right now I’m sitting in bed and the house is quiet. I love pouring my thoughts onto paper when I first wake up in the morning or last thing at night.

SWIMMING – Not whilst swimming!  When I take my girls to their swimming lessons, I sit high up on one of the back benches to watch.  I always have my notebook with me and sometimes take my laptop.  I feel quite inspired to write whist also watching the girls swim of course!

SOFA – I have one of those cuddle sofas which is round in shape and can not only fit me, but also my laptop, a pile of books and a few note pads.  It’s a great place to spread out with my feet up and write.

PARK BENCH – It’s been a bit cold lately, but I do find sitting on a bench in a quiet park a great place to write down my thoughts.  Watching passers by and taking in nature can sometimes inspire some great blog posts.

GARDEN – What a great place to relax and write when no one is around to disturb!

Where are your favourite places to write?

Until next time



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


5 thoughts on “Small Writing Steps in Favourite Places

  1. Hi Sandra,

    Glad to see you taking a break of sorts. Life’s too important to sit around doing nothing, so to speak. But to me it’s also too important to rush through.

    On your blog, maybe consider sharing what you are learning about writing/re-writing as you work on your book. Like: What’s difficult? What’s coming more easily? You know, some personall annecdotes re your struggles and victories. I know I would find that interesting and I think other writers would too.

    I’m working on my novel, heavily into re-planning and revising and re-writing, so I write blog posts at my writing blog when I get inspired by something I feel is good enough to share. That means occasionally, currently.

    As to where I write, either in front of my computer monitor or on my bed. When I really need to relax and think and take my time, a clipboard and mechannical pencil work best for me in the comfort and security of my bed. Many times in front of my computer and especially when working on something I want to be good, I find my creativity can be oppressed or inhibited by a bit of perfectionism. But when the ideas start flowing I usually get excited and jump up and dash to my computer–much easier to record them quickly–and legibly–when they’re coming at me fast.

    Posted by Bill Polm | March 3, 2013, 10:54 pm
    • Thank you Bill – I always look forward to reading your comments. What a great idea to share some of my challenges with the re-write and editing process – I will certainly consider that as I go through the book.
      Best of luck with your novel – I must catch up with your blogs to see what you are up to…
      I agree, it’s very important to record ideas when they start flowing – I also have been known to dash off to find a pen, mostly whilst cooking. Thanks again for your comments, Sandra

      Posted by Sandra Madeira | March 4, 2013, 9:55 pm
  2. Lovely to see (read) you Sandra, I’m so pleased you’re making good progress with the book.

    I love writing in the garden on a warm day, or anywhere near a beach so I can hear the waves. But, give me a window so I can watch the world go by and I’m a happy bunny 🙂


    Posted by Vikki Thompson | March 5, 2013, 7:39 am
  3. this is great Sandra … i wish u well , it sounds like when u relax and focusing is very good .. i am a newbie with writing and blogging … so i do not have much advice or anything other than breath and pray I do not mean a religion either 🙂 blessings 🙂 d

    Posted by beyondthecranium | March 23, 2013, 8:11 pm


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