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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Writing prompt: your writing space

Today I wanted to do a writing prompt for those of you who write creative non-fiction or want to!

The John Marsden and Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is accepting submissions until June 29 and there’s a creative non-fiction category. Creative non-fiction is definitely one of my favourite genres, but it’s also a genre I didn’t really discover until I was finished high school. I think it can also be intimidating to write, especially if you feel like nothing happens in your life worth writing about! (This is not true but we’ll tackle that some other day.)

I’m not going to go into all the possibilities of creative non-fiction here (there are too many). I will say I think the easiest way to get into the genre is by starting small and by starting somewhere comfortable and familiar. So my question(s) to you is: where do you write and what do you think that says about you?

Do you write in multiple places, do you feel like you can write anywhere? Or must you ALWAYS write at your desk with the exact same mug in its spot ON ITS COASTER WHICH WAS A GIFT FROM YOUR MOTHER with the SAME-SCENTED candles burning (hi, that’s me)? Do you write in stationary places, or do you like nothing more than writing on the tram, the train, the move?

Writing exercises like this, more than anything, get us used to thinking about ourselves in writing. I also thought it would be fun if we posted photos of our writing spaces, or the places that most inspire us to write.

As always, leave your thoughts (and pictures of your writing spaces!) as a link or in the comments.

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