For me, a day of no distractions, the phone turned off, the house quiet and the cats sleeping – Outside, some vibrant weather, a good strong wind and a moody sky, dark and low, bringing snow or rain – it doesn’t matter which, because the house is warm, the fire roaring.
To sit. To dream. To play with words on other worlds. To explore. To have fun. There is nowhere I have to be and nothing I have to do, except indulge. My characters talking to me, sharing immediate reaction, sharp, eager responses and a quick wit. Action and dialogue flow.
Chocolate doesn’t feature (shocker!), but coffee does, and later, when the hours have gone and the night is closing in, a drink or two of port will wind down the day very nicely. Heck – it’s my fantasy – that port might smooth out the late afternoon as well, especially if the promising thunderstorm moves in and we sit and watch the rain against the windows, or outward, across the hills.
Ideally, there is a stew on the stove, simmering gently – dinner cooking since morning – that wonderful aroma filling the house and, again, leaving me no chores, no distraction.
I’m guilty of wanting to move to Canada, just so I can stock the larder with all the essentials, then get snowed in for a month. I like to be cut off from everywhere (I’ve done it before), alone with my thoughts, my characters and a plot promising twists and turns as yet unexplored.
In New South Wales, Australia, we live in the Southern Tablelands. The location is elevated, but we’re supposedly too low for snow. Yet snow is what we’ve been getting these past few Winters, and it’s getting worse, so I might get my wish and be snowed in here, and I won’t have to move to Canada.
Of course my partner features – someone has to make the coffee or pour the port. 😀
There you go. My wants and wishes are simple things. Reality is somewhat different, of course, but let’s not spoil a good fantasy.
What’s your concept of a perfect writing day? Or just perfect day – you don’t have to be a writer to share your thoughts here, to tell me what would make you look around and say, “Ah! This. This is what I want!”
I’d love to know.