|Credit image: / Source: Carl Spitzweg, “The Poor Poet.” Oil on canvas, 1839|
What is a garrett?
The dictionary defines a garrett as a cramp and enclosed space below the roof of a building. But as a writer, the definition of a garrett means so much more. To us, a garrett is our special, happy place that helps us reach our writing zone.
The beauty of it is that the garrett is also our best friend. A support system and environment to help us thrive creatively. A vibe and ambiance that fuels our creative output. Our muse helping to provide our source of inspiration. It is all that and more.
So what is the point of this post? Well, the point is to not underestimate the importance of one. You might not realize it. But as you sit down to write, you’ve probably have set specific things in place. And just the way you like it, before you begin to write.
My garrett is music. When I sit down to write, whether it's on the floor or at my kitchen table. Whether I'm at my desk at work, at the library or in my bed, I listen to music while I write. Always, always I listen to music. For my work in progress romance novel, I listen to the slow jams radio station on Pandora. Other than that, I’m listening to hip hop and reggae. As well as the Imagine Dragons and OneRepublic radio stations. I especially love listening to the 90s hip hop station.
As there’s no right or wrong way to garrett, how do you get to your special, happy place? Is there a specific drink or food you sip or snack on as you write? Is your garrett somewhere like Panera? How do you garrett?