Favorite Places to Read or Write

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Today we are sharing our favorite places to read or write. I had to give this some thought as I read anywhere, everywhere and every chance I have to sit a moment. Lately, my favorite spot is reclining in bed. The lights are off and I can use my tablet for e-Reading. Or the lights are low and I treasure the feel of turning pages as I read.

Most of the time I look for places that give me inspiration for my writing. My favorite place for stilling my mind and letting my imagination flow is the beach. This photo is the view from our place last August on Mexico Beach, Florida. There’s a special peacefulness at 7am every morning when I walk.

Inspiration
Inspiration

Everywhere you turn there are secret gardens for the wanderer to enjoy in Charleston, S.C.. I let my imagination run free and savor those moments that return when I need a special setting or sense for a scene.

Garden Path
Garden Path

Below are also places I love to curl up with a new book and while away the time swept into a new adventure. The balmy weather, the birds that settle into my space and the sense that time has slowed for me to enjoy the moment. This view is from a restaurant on the beach at Gulf Shores. The Heron joined us for lunch one day.

Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores

The reality of my writing day is two messy desks, one for high-speed work like this blog.

Library Desk
Library Desk

And another desk I save for my escape into writing. Right now this desk holds a stacked manuscript waiting for edits. It’s a mess as I’m moving and have to pack.

Writing desk
Writing desk

Once I move into our new home, I’ll have the best views for inspiration and can’t wait to see where it takes my writing.

New home view
New home view
New Office view
New Office view

The view from my new office has a pond in the distance. With nine acres to wander and my husband planning secret gardens for me, inspiration will be everywhere. You’ll have to come visit. 🙂 And as always, my cats join me wherever I read.KittyonDesk

Share your thoughts and ideas of your favorite places and then click on any link below to follow your own trail to more places to read and write….

Fellow contemporary romance writers Tamra BaumannPriscilla OliverasShelly Alexander | Romantic suspense writers Carol J PostSharon Wray | Novels with romantic elements – Jean Willett  | Faith-based and sweet romance writers – Kristen Ethridge |

6 Replies to “Favorite Places to Read or Write”

  1. Amazing views, and your desk matches mine. Oh my gosh I love the beach scene. Perhaps I could block out all the noise in my mind and actually write in that environment. Wonderful, Jean!

  2. Wow, Jean, I love the setting of your new home. Gorgeous views! And it’s so cool that your husband is planning secret gardens!

    Your cat is a cutie! They always have to be right in the middle of what we’re doing.

  3. Jean, your new house with a pond and nine acres sounds like a nice place to go for a walk while brainstorming or chatting with your characters.

    I still say we need to meet up on the beach somewhere between my place and yours for a writing retreat. We WILL plan that someday– hopefully soon!

    1. The sweet thing about our property is the lake on one side and a pond on the other 🙂 I keep pinching myself.
      As for the beach…YES…I can see a nice writer’s retreat in the making.

  4. Jean, I can’t wait to hear more about your new house. I know once you’re ensconced in that beautiful setting your words will flow. And I can’t wait to read them! 🙂

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