Writing in Darkness

This week we’re talking about writing with others. I have often thought about collaborating with a few different authors but I seem to lack the courage to ask them if that would be something that they would be interested in doing. What I would really love to do is a time travel but I lack the knowledge at the moment to write a decent regency. I think it would be fun to work on this with someone like Felicia Rogers.

As for sharing a writing space with someone, I would be alright with that but I don’t think it would work out. I can’t write during the day. I can’t write with the lights on. I have to have music playing, usually a playlist that I create for the story and then it plays on a loop. I have tried to write when it was light outside and I felt like what I wrote was rubbish. I can’t write when its bright. My muse awakens when the rest of the world is sleeping. Maybe my muse lives in Asia or Australia so when my body is ready for sleep it is just waking up proclaiming, “It’s time to write! I have the greatest idea. We. Have. To. Write. Now!”

So while I would be alright sharing a space with someone and have dreamed of going to a writer’s retreat to be able to write with other authors. I saw one once that was held in a castle somewhere in Europe, that would have been amazing! I don’t think I would get much writing done during the daylight hours (research I can do during the day but not writing) and I don’t know if anyone else would stay up until three or four in the morning to write with me in the dark and then be able to get up again at seven.

Do you have any unusual writing habits or rituals that you think might make it hard for others to write with you?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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9 Responses to Writing in Darkness

  1. jeff7salter says:

    well, if I can think of any writing habits / rituals, I guess I’ll save that disclosure for Hound Day.
    But I love your line, “Maybe my muse lives in Asia or Australia…”
    I, too, have a contrary muse who tends to heap new “tasks” upon me while I’m frantically trying to juggle the previous 99.
    As for my thoughts about sharing the space and writing with a collaborator — well, once I figure it out, I guess it will be revealed on Thursday.

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  2. I find it so interesting to learn about what works for others when they sit down to write. My muse and I have come to a sort of arrangement. We write when we can. My schedule fluctuates which means the muse and I have to take advantage when we can. Not sure that would work for someone else so much. And I also tend to write better on my laptop…where I am free to go sit wherever I want. I hate being ‘tied down’ to a desktop…though I have that option.

    I’ve also never been on a writer’s retreat, but I am always so envious when I hear my critique partners talk about ones they’ve gone to.

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    • I love writing on my laptop too. I enjoy sitting cross-legged while writing a really intense or emotional scene and I can’t do that comfortably at a desk.
      It sounds like your muse is more cooperative.
      Is there a certain retreat that you have wanted to go to?


  3. Gosh, I agree with Jeff about the idea of your Muse living in Asia or Australia! Whatever works for you, it’s WORKING!

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I tend to get more done at night than in the daytime, but I can’t write in the dark – too much strain on my eyes. As for being in sync with a foreign time zone, I guess if you could find people to connect with in those areas, that would be a great way to research!

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    • That would be fun to research by talking with someone in another country. I have a storyy idea set in Ireland. I need to find someone who lives there to talk to. You can only do so much research online and I don’t have the funds to travel there.
      My brother and his family are in South Korea, my sister-in-law is Korean. I would love to put a story there. The pictures I have seen are beautiful. Perhaps I can talk to my sil some night when I am awake writing.

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  5. Joselyn says:

    I love the idea of writers’ retreats and the one in the Mediveval castle sounds fantastic. I’ve heard that Eloisa James hosts one in Italy (ITALY!!!) that just sounds fantastic. Although if I was in Italy, I wouldn’t want to sit with my laptop.

    I think my motivation lives in Australia with your muse. She’s not ready to go until 10 pm when the house is quiet and everyone is asleep.

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    • If I went to a retreat in a place like Italy, or anywhere that isn’t near my home. I’d probably be out exploring during the day and then writing like mad at night. I suppose it is a good thing I can run on a few hour of sleep for awhile.

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  6. elainecsc2013 says:

    I really wouldn’t like to share a writing space with anyone. I like it quiet when I work.

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