On Monday, we talked about how great pens make writing fun and can encourage us to want to write. Yesterday, we focused on not doing it alone. The buddy system works great when it comes to writing. Writing with others holds us accountable and stimulates our memories and imagination. Plus, it’s a great way to have a lot of fun.

Today, let’s discuss the third P in our Make Writing Fun in 2013 campaign, places.

Places – Create a great place to write for yourself, one that you can’t wait to get to. It might be a comfy chair with just the right light, a desk near a window, a backyard patio, a sunroom, the end of the dining room table that never gets used, any place that beckons you to come and stay for a while.

Make this space your own with items that encourage you to write. Nearby you might have a soft candle, a cup of tea, inspirational quotes, or a photograph of those for whom you’re writing. And if you use this area only for writing, your subconscious will quickly get the idea that if you’re there, it’s time to write, and will gladly supply the words.

Sue Powers and June Hays, a Writing Your Life mother/daughter team, came up with a great New Year’s resolution–meet at Toojays to get out and write. You may have a wonderful writing spot at home, but you also have lots of distractions there. On those days when you’re being hounded by the interruptions at home, run out of that house like your hair is on fire, and close the door on all those things demanding your attention.

Sometimes when I can’t focus at home, I head to Infusion Tea in College Park or Panera’s on Park Avenue in Winter Park and write away in the midst of clanging dishes, music playing in the background, and people chatting. My mind uses the noise as the soundtrack for the story I’m writing.

Years ago when I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, I took a class on The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Greater Creativity by Julia Cameron. Her method focuses on a number of daily or weekly practices. First are the morning pages you commit to writing as soon as you wake up each day, and the second is the artist date you take yourself out on each week.

Cameron defines an artist date as “a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you.” Each week, I planned my artist date. I went to the circus, the art museum, hiking, did all sorts of things, but I also took myself out on writing dates. I set aside time to write and chose a location I thought would inspire me. It worked. That process started me down the path to graduate school, teaching writing and helping others to write their life stories.

Today’s challenge – Take yourself on a writing date this week. Your writing self is an important person, so make the date reflect this. Put time and energy into creating a nice writing experience. Set aside a specific day and time, decide on a location, get your writing tools together, go out on your date and write.

Share your thoughts – What did you think when you first read about going on a writing date? Did you take the challenge? Where did you go? What were the results of your writing date? Will you do this again?

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