I follow a wonderful writer on Facebook, Deborah Riley-Magnus, and she asked today where my favorite place was to write.
Hands down, without hesitation, it's got to be our little "off grid" cabin in the woods! This place is spectacular! It's just a little two room, log cabin (12' x 27"), surrounded by twenty acres of forest land. We have no electricity... just a couple of solar panels to furnish power to a small refrigerator. We have no "modern" plumbing... just an outhouse a short walk from the cabin, and a small "out building" where we take showers - yes, we have hot showers, heating water with propane. We cook with propane or charcoal, and light with candles. We can access the internet and phone via my cell service... but I work hard at not doing that much. The point when I'm there is to write, not "plug in".
We have a generator for emergencies and extremely overcast days to make sure the food stays cold, and have an opportunity to watch DVDs at night (rarely), and we have trail cameras that let us know which woodland creatures have been keeping an eye on our place when we're away. So far, we've seen lots of deer, two black bears - they're regular visitors, about every four days or so, raccoons, possums, squirrels, fox, coyotes, and lots of birds.
We're about twenty minutes to the nearest town with a McDonalds, gas station, bank, and grocery store. We're about ten minutes from a beautiful flat-water lake, and about twenty minutes from the Au Sauble River. We're out in the middle of nowhere, and I love it!
It's not uncommon to accomplish anywhere from 2,000 to 8,000 words over a two-day visit to the cabin. Sometimes, when it rains, the word counts are increased. The gentle drumming of the rain on the roof, and the fact that when it rains I can't be distracted by kayaking or hiking means that more writing gets done.
Yes, I work on my laptop while there - or the tablet. When I need to recharge, I either go for a drive into town for groceries or the lake to kayak, and recharge in the car... or plug into the generator for a few minutes.
Writing spaces include the hammock, picnic table, front porch... or sometimes, in the middle of the woods, right on the ground! I've always got a good supply of cocoa and cheese nearby to fuel the muse; and the nights are so perfectly dark, that it offers my brain an opportunity to create without limits. Usually, after a night of trying to see my hand in the darkness, I fall into a deep slumber and wake with ideas I'd never thought possible in the city.
This cabin is my sacred writing space, and I feel so fortunate that we have it. It's my place to stir up the creative juices while recharging my mind, body and soul. This is the place I feel most safe to explore the creative mania in my brain and capture it for my next book(s).
If you've never taken the opportunity to write "off grid", I highly recommend it! You'll be surprised what you can create when you disconnect from the world for a little while!
Diana Kathryn Plopa
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