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The Best Writing Spot: I like to be closest to the snacks – Rebecca Scherm

2016 January 8
by Mike Vial

Author and U of M writing teacher, Rebecca Scherm gave an wonderful interview on Stateside last month. Her articulate answers and powerful responses about her characters in her first novel, Unbecoming, inspired me to get her book.

  • Ann Arbor-based writer Rebecca Scherm on Stateside to talk about “Unbecoming,” her first novel.

I also chuckled when Scherm admitted she writes usually at the kitchen table, rather than a fancy desk.

“I like to be closest to the snacks.” – Scherm

I knew it wasn’t just me! Nothing beats a kitchen table for writing!

My great-grandmother’s, 1930s porcelain kitchen table lives in our kitchen, and remains my favorite writing spot. It took a lot of convincing to get my mom to give Natalie and me that family heirloom, and we’re lucky to have it.

I think one of the best ways to get to work is clean off your kitchen table, grab some snacks, read a bit of a book, and get the pen moving or keyboard keys clicking.

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