A lot of people have asked me if I get up in the morning and write or if I set time aside every day to write and the answer is no, I lack that kind of discipline. But I do have a cottage near Westport that I go to most weekends in the summer and that seems to be a place where I can really focus and get down to work. I’ve had weekends out there where I’ve written 16, 000 words (that’s about 20 per cent of a book), getting up in the morning to start and writing until dark. But the nice thing about the cottage is I can stop anytime I like, go for a swim, or a kayak ride or just sit outside in the sun.
Here’s my piece of heaven:
I write in the dining room, which has an amazing view. I’m around 20 feet from the water. (I can’t get a great picture because there’s just too much light!) I look out the window at the lake when I’m gathering my thoughts.
And here’s what I see:
The nice thing about the lake is that there always a few pals who drop by.
All of which makes the dog VERY happy. He loves wandering around and has decided that chipmunks and ducks are fun to chase.
And when I don’t feel like writing or lounging around, I often paint! Anyway, it’s a lovely spot to write, and I’m very lucky to have it.