Where in the world? #IWSG

Hola, mis amigos! I hope your September is off to a smashing start.  Mine actually began with...

Ta-da! I actually finished a first draft.
Pop zee bubbly!!!

Now I need to actually read the thing, tear it apart, and rewrite it before getting input from crit partners and rewriting again, and then I'll let the editors have at it along with all the other nightmares of actual publication...but I began working on this sucka in early 2018, so please allow me a moment to celebrate before we jump into all of that.

This month's IWSG question happens to be intertwined with my last month or so of writing this draft...

 If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

Interesting question. I've actually been doing the opposite---sitting in one place writing about another place in the world (see my latest author email for evidence).  I was thinking about how to answer this question, and honestly, I think the best place for me to sit and write is probably where I've been sitting and writing. Either with these guys at my house in my writing nook:

Or here, in my my screened porch when the outside temp is somewhere precisely between 70 degrees F and 78 degrees F.

I've got focus issues, and if I were somewhere awesome and unfamiliar, no way would I get much writing done. I'd be too busy exploring. Except, you know what? Screw it. You said you'd take me anywhere in the world, so let's go!

I'm going to say---after you first give me several days of exploring with the promise of more exploring after the writing---either in the garden-with-a-view of a hostel in Ollantaytambo, Peru, one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the Americas dating back to the Incas, wherein I could draw upon the ancient spirits in the mountains for inspiration...

Image by jeremynelms from Pixabay 

...or a quiet square in Padua, Italy with a view of the Basilica di Sant' Antonio di Padova. I figure St. Anthony could help my find my muse if I lose her, right?

Image by Gerhard Bögner from Pixabay 

Where would you go?

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Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. This wonderful group for writers was begun by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavannaugh.

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Karen Baldwin said...

Hmm? A hostel in Ollantaytambo, Peru? Yeah I could write there because I'd never leave my room for fear of falling off the mountain. And they'd have to have coffee.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats on finishing the draft!

If I was in Italy, I'd be too busy drinking wine and eating pasta. And pizza. And gelato. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on the first draft.

I wish we had a screened in porch. Anything to keep the bugs out.

Stephen Tremp said...

Love screen porches especially with weather in the 70s. Enjoy!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on finishing.
Those are some really unique locations.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Congrats on the first draft! As they say, the work is about to begin. :)

Love your choices of writing places.


Tyrean Martinson said...

Peru would be a fascinating place to write, or at least explore and daydream, and then write. :)
Congratulations on finishing your novel!!!

Jennifer Lane said...

The weather is amazing this week!

So excited for you that you've finished your first draft. Way to go, CP! Hope the editing goes smoothly. I want those chapters!!!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on finishing your draft. That's something to really celebrate.

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft! Hopefully the editing isn't too painful!

Kalpana said...

Your writing space looks amazing and so do the places you'd like to visit. Like you, for actual productive writing I choose a familiar place with a good view, but, like you, I would so love to travel and be distracted. Happy IWSG day.

Juneta key said...

I like your writing space. Congrats on finished MS. Those are very interesting places I can see how would inspire a story. Happy IWSG!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey Nicki!

Love your screened in patio!

I agree... traveling to some fabulous and exotic place would definitely deter me from writing too. I'm back in Chicago! So hopefully we can get together before I leave again. LOL.

We sold the condo in Chicago and are closing in a few weeks...EEK! Moving to a wonderful turn of the century home in GALENA! So I do hope you'll come and visit! It's such a charming place! You'll love the house! It has a HUGE walk up attic which I plan to turn into my version of the Hogwarts's Library! Imagine, old pine floors, tons of rafters and a fifteen foot pitched roofline! SOOOO many possibilities!

Hope all is well!

Of course, there is always Orlando! I'll be there from Jan-May.

Michael Di Gesu said...

OH... CONGRATS on finishing your first draft!!!!!

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Stephen Tremp said...

Nicki, screen porches are epic for writing! You have a great view lots of green grass and blue skies. Storms are great too for writing.

Selachimorpha said...

Thanks a ton for helping out

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Thank you. I can't do this without your help

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Thank you for your understanding

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