I get asked a lot of the time where and when I write and how often so I thought I'd share a few ideas of my own. To start with not everybody is the same and what works for me might not for others. So here is how it works for me. Let's deal with the when first. I think it's important to write every day, it's a discipline and routine that helps to make it a normal practice rather than an odd event. I like to write first thing in the morning as a rule, but if I'm in a school then I write in the evenings but what really that matters is that I write every day. How much depends on what I'm writing about. If it's a fast pace action scene then I write these quickly and notch up a good word count in an hour whereas at other times, if i'm writing something less pacey then it can take longer to get the words down. So why is it so important to write every day? Simply put it keeps you on top of your game, constant practising of your skills, exercising your imagination and creative writing all done regularly helps you continually improve.
Where I write depends on what I'm doing. If I have been touring a school far away from home and camping overnight then I will often write in McDonalds which ensures I get a chance to recharge my laptop and phone. If I am home in Kent then I really enjoy writing in libraries. Cheriton Library in Folkestone is a favourite of mine. Sometimes I can sit on the beach and write and sometimes up in the hills or a woods or in open fields. The truth is it doesn't really matter to me, I can pick a spot and write there comfortably. I have written on a bus and a train on several occasions but I cant write in cars, I get a little car sick if I do that. I came across an abandoned building in a woods once which had a flat roof and I climbed up and sat there and wrote.
If for any reason I can't write, perhaps my lap top has used up all it's charge, then I play games with things I see on my travels. Maybe an old piece of ruined building or something. I always ask myself what is the story here? Why is it ruined, who ruined it , when and why and just make something up. I select a few words I might use while I'm answering this and look to manipulate the sentences and improve my description. Then I might ask what sort of people lived there and why did they leave? The mind and imagination needs stimulus regularly if it's to be kept sharp and working imaginatively. Playing games like this really helps exercise it and it's amazing how it improves.
The rule is, if you want to be good at anything, practice, practice and practice some more. It doesn't matter if you're a writer or a footballer the need to practice is greta if you want to be at the top of your game.