Pablo Neruda's solitude shack at Isla Negra.
Anyone who has ever tried to write has experienced writer's block. Even Neruda suffered from it at times. It is said that his several volumes of odes came from going into one of the rooms in his house and writing about the things he found there. When he really needed to concentrate and separate himself from distraction, he would seclude himself in this little writing shack until he was able to get his thoughts on paper.
I too need a writing place. For the blog, of course, I write at the computer but if I want to create a quiet flow of unexpected ideas I must take myself away from the traffic pattern of the house and into a secluded nook or cranny. I have a favorite chair where I sit with my feet up on an ottoman and a lap desk across my legs. I put on very quiet classical or meditative instrumental music as background, light a candle, set a timer and write without judgment for the amount of time set. I use a smooth-writing pen in my journal and just keep the pen moving and writing first thoughts ala Natalie Goldberg author of Writing Down The Bones.
At one time I wrote almost daily but lately I meet my need for creative expression with photography, painting and ATC trading. I'd love to hear how you express your creativity. Do you have a special place to read, write play music or do art?