Attention: Our attempt to go live Monday failed due to a delay in the transfer of domain name to our new host. Meet the new host, same as the old host… In any event, we’re doing all we can to speed our comeback. Please keep trying. I have been “assured” that the worst possible case will be Saturday the 23rd.
Since popping into existence on or about the 25th of January, 2010, Uphill Writing has gone through several changes. Now—fasten your seatbelts—we’re about to go through a total remake, remodel. None of what you come to UhW for now will be lost, and we will continue writing about writing, issuing challenges, and saying things designed to provoke, but we’ll be adding so much more.
Look for UhW to be a clearing house for writing resources, opportunities, news, reviews, and all things writing. Look for the latest on contests, how to enter, and what it takes to win.
This will be more than just a facelift, it is our intention to give you as much support as possible, because we believe there is no need for you to be Writing without a net.
NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE CLOSING DOWN, BUT WE DO NOT EXPECT TO BE PUBLISHING NEW POSTS FOR AS MUCH AS A WEEK. WATCH FOR US TO BE BACK SOON!
It occurred to me that while I’ve puttered around this question a lot over the months that Uphill Writing has been around, I’ve never really gotten a good answer. So, here’s another try.
What really makes a good place to read? What makes the best environment?
The answer to this must surely be subjective. I’m guessing that if I interviewed 10 writers on the topic, I’d get 13 or 14 different answers.
What do you need to make a writing environment that really works?
- Do you need a clutter-free desk top?
- Do you need notebooks and “yellow stickies” for real time note-taking?
- Do you need a particular type of keyboard for your computer?
- Do you need a particular kind of monitor?
- Should your room be brightly lit? Or should the only light come from the computer screen?
- Is your room best by day? Is it best by night?
- Does it need to be quiet? Is music OK? If music is acceptable, is there a certain type?
- Yes, I work here every day
Is it possible that the best place to write is just wherever you are? My office/studio is cluttered with notes, books, posters, pictures, and eye-catching thing of all sorts. Could you stand to write in a crowded, cluttered room? Could you write without the clutter?
I’m anxious, really, to hear what works for you. What kind of space does your muse insist upon? What environment does it take to get you going?