The summer break is drawing to an end, summer writing deadlines are looming, and we’re looking for tips on what time and space helps you to write best.
Recently, I came across the term “Bliss Station,” which is a sacred time or space – free from social media, news, and other distractions – in which one can be free to let their creativity incubate. E.B. White once said that, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” He couldn’t focus on his writing with music playing, but wrote in a bright and busy room full of other distractions. Finding the right time to write is more important for Francis Ford Coppola than the right space. He likes to work early in the morning because, “I wake up, and I’m fresh, and I sit in my place. I look out the window, and I have coffee, and no one’s gotten up yet or called me or hurt my feelings… you don’t want to have a heartache when you’re trying to go fly on some adventure of writing.”
Schedules were important for Simone de Beauvoir and Immanuel Kant, too. Upon waking up, Beauvoir would have tea, work from 10am until 1pm, see friends until 5pm, and then work again at Jean-Paul Sartre’s place until 9pm. Kant would get out of bed at 5am, drink two cups of tea and smoke a pipe, work until 7am, lecture until 11am, work again until lunchtime, walk and sometimes see friends, go home, and then do a little more work until 10pm.
What schedule works best for your writing? How do you focus? What sort of music do you listen to? Does Spotify’s “Deep Focus” channel deepen your concentration, or does it deepen your desire to take a nap? Where or when is your “bliss station”? Let us know in the comments section below!