A recent post about how where you live can influence your writing by Lyndsay Wheble over at 'Tolstoy is my Cat' really struck a chord with me.
You can read it here : http://tolstoyismycat.blogspot.com/2011/06/literary-locations-will-your-work.html
I constantly think and grumble to myself that if I lived in a thriving big city my writing (or maybe more accurately my motivation for writing) would be so much stronger. Living in a rural/seaside town in Devon in the South West of England is the reason I have not written several outstanding novels. It is not because I never make myself sit down and write, it is because my writing conditions are wrong. This is completely ridiculous.
My writing conditions may never be better. Here's why:
1) I live by myself in a little flat (and I mean little). I can write whenever I want day or night and it doesn't get in anyones way. No people or children as distractions. No one to interrupt. I could ignore the phone easily if I wanted to.
2) My boyfriend lives hours away and we don't even get to each other every weekend therefore I have lots of 'time filling' to do when I am trying not to miss him (apologies if the soppyness of that makes you queasy).
3) I recently got wireless internet (I know, I know, everyone else has had this for ages) so I can actually move around and write. Although my flat is tiny this does open up the option of writing in bed. Hooray!
4) I technically do not work full time so there is an afternoon a week I could come home and write. Except I stay at work and do some work so my weekends are free. I could write in these free weekends if I actually MAKE myself sit down.
5) I am a teacher and therefore get lots of holiday time. Perfect for writing.
See, perfect conditions really. I need to stop my excuses and write. Bring on ROW 80!!