Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Creative Writing Room

I am sitting in the Creative Writing Room at the University of Luton at the moment. I am surrounded by iMacs and nice shiny new tables. The walls are clean and there are books on the shelves. No students though...I guess they will turn up later!

I can't help feeling a slight twinge of envy. I would have loved to had access to a room like this when i was an undergrad. 'The room with a view' combined with 'a room of my own'. I wonder what effect this room has on the work produced here?

I have noticed, over the years that I write differently in different locations. For example, I need to feel very much at home to attempt any kind of lyric. It is a safety issue I guess. The need for safe ground on which to take risks. Conversely, I have also noticed that I need to be away from home ( in a new city or country) to feel comfortable about writing fiction. I find that I need to indulge the part of my imagination that deals with identity. It is a bit like dressing-up I guess.

Blogging is a new challenge for me. To date, I have found that I need to be out and about in the world to write my blog. I guess that is because I have interpretted blogging as a conversational, social mode...and I need a world around me to spark me up. That is not to say that I won't talk about myself in my blog..just that I talk about myself in the rhetoric of a columnist or a essayists.

I am quite keen to explore this idea of writing in the world further with my laptop...a video diary. To actually comment on events that I can see before me.

Am I turning into a journo?

I have not cracked where I am happy writing cybertexts. It feels to me like I am miserable until I have completed the piece regardless of where I am. It is important to work on a machine with the right software and access to the net. However, it is equally important to maintain a certain amount of distance from the technology. To get out every so often. To revisit the world. To resist the urge to upgrade!

This notion of location also feeds into my notions of collaboration. I remember that in the past I used to be happy ( positively thrilled) to write songs with another band member in a sweaty rehersal studio at three in the morning. I can't imagine doing that with a poem! However, i could imagine doing it with a new media piece or a blog. I think this is because I am working toward a filmic mode of working in which I work as part of a team. I guess we would have to be careful with the sweat, however, as it might bung up the hard drive.

Where do you write? What do you write? Where do you blog?


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