My Ideal Writing Spot: An IWSG Post

Hello, my writing friends.

Fall is upon us. Wrap your head around that. I can’t wait for the cooler temperatures, the first cups of apple cider, and the thrill of football in full swing. (Here’s hoping my Falcons have a better season.)

Meanwhile, you already know what time it is. Writers and bloggers of the IWSG are posting their stories and answering your questions. Special thanks to this month’s co-hosts: Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine.

So, this month’s optional question is quite interesting.

If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

I never really gave much thought about my ideal writing spot. I’m so used to sitting at home to write, knowing I will be interrupted at any given time. Even when I have uninterrupted writing time, it doesn’t last long. So, if there was one place in the world where I could sit and write my next story, it would be…

…Harlem, New York.

The birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance.

In middle school, I learned little of Harlem and its significance in American history. I learned about writers like Langston Hughes and W. E. B. DuBois and their contributions. I have a book full of stories written by Hughes and others during that period. But that is all that extends as far as my knowledge. However, as I’m still growing in my identity, I want to learn more about this transitional period in African-American history.

I want to stay at the same hotels the writers did, if they still exist. I want to feel the spark the writers had in that time and transfer it to my writing. They wrote stories indicative of their time, exploring what it meant to be Black. And I want to share that same experience in my stories.

And besides, going to Harlem is as good a reason as any to get out of Georgia for a moment.

What about you? If you could go anywhere to write, where would you go?

2 thoughts on “My Ideal Writing Spot: An IWSG Post

  1. My ideal writing place is in my home, in a very specific corner that I have set up for myself. But getting out into the world and connecting with the past… that is so important too. I’ve long been fascinated by the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado. I visited them once, many years ago, and I’d really like to go back someday and explore them more. Among other things, I imagine I’d get a lot of writing inspiration out of that.


  2. Was born and raised in NY and been to Harlem many times. I knew of the Harlem Renaissance and it’s contribution to African-American history. As well as the prominent writers of the time like Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston and Claude McKay. But hadn’t thought of visiting the places connected to them.

    Hope you do get out of GA and visit Harlem one day.


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