All creatives know that being in the right space allows our creativity free rein to produce magic. This is why, as a writer, having your own writing space becomes a crucial part of your writing strategy.
When you are in your “comfort zone aka writing space” you naturally become more creative. Your thoughts flow better and you become way more productive. Speak to any bestselling author and they will most likely agree that a dedicated writing space is key.
The benefits to having your own dedicated space are many; more especially if you are writer with a family.
In this post I am going to share with you 3 top benefits this space brings to your writing and 5 tips on how to create the best space ever.
3 Top benefits to having your own writing space
Although there are many benefits to having your own writing space some outweigh the others by far.
Removes all Distractions
It should be free of all distractions, but these should be distractions unique to you. Having your own writing space allows you to remove those items that will distract you the most from achieving your writing goals. But, if you can write better with the TV playing in the background – then do that. This is your space.
Provides a Boundary to you and others
It sends a clear message to you and others that when you are in your space, you are not to be disturbed. It allows you to separate yourself from others and get your writing done. When you enter this space, it’s your dedicated space in which you should focus on doing your writing, so write, no excuses.
Gives Importance to your Writing
Setting aside space in which to write sends a clear message that your writing time is important and needs to be respected. It allows for a clear division between family time, relaxing time, writing time and life in general. Also, having a dedicated writing space means that you will make the effort to use the space and get your writing done.
5 Tips on how to create the best writing space for you
The process of creating your space can be a welcome break from writing and elicit a new energy for writing. Always keep in mind that it’s your space and should be created to bring the best of your creativity to the fore.
We’ve all heard the term location. location, location. This very much applies in this scenario as well. It will entirely depend on the space you have available but think outside the box when finding a location for your writing space. For some people even a converted cupboard can become the most creative space for their writing purposes. It all depends on the individual and what your needs are. Be innovative and find the best location for you.
Look and feel
As this in essence is going to be your “comfort zone” in terms of writing it needs to reflect your personal look and feel. Never mind that the space may clash entirely with the rest of your home – it’s your space. As a writer of fantasy novels you may lean towards a more Olde world style than chrome and leather, but that’s entirely your choice. It should meet your needs, no-one else’s.
Furniture and Lighting
Some writers may prefer a typical desk and chair setup but others, like myself are more relaxed and write best on their favorite daybed. Other’s may suffer with health or disability challenges and need to pick furniture accordingly. Ensure that the space has more than adequate lighting, either natural or synthetic so that you prevent any eye-strain. It’s best to have light coming from behind you over your right shoulder that doesn’t reflect on your screen. If you are writing by hand the same lighting rules apply.
Make sure that whatever equipment you need to render the best results are included in your writing space. Many writers write better with background music so that may need having a radio or sound system installed. Some writers prefer recording their manuscripts on audio and then having them transcribed. Ensure that you have the necessary equipment to cater for that need on hand in your space. It’s all about brainstorming your needs before creating your writing space.
Finally and to my mind the most important facet of your dedicated space are your personal items. What do you need around you to bring out the best inside of you? For some writers its specific books. For other’s its sentimental items from their childhood. For some it’s their favorite writing pen and writing journal. Sometimes it’s a copy of the books you have already written and published. It could even be the quilt that your grandmother made you when you were a child. Everybody will be different and it will be very unique to each writer. What would you include?
So in Closing…
As you can see, the value and importance of having the best writing space for you cannot be overemphasized. You and your writing have so much to gain from you own space where you can dream, create and shine.The value and importance of having the best writing space for you cannot be overemphasized. #writingtips Click To Tweet
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I would love to hear from you all in the comments.
Till next time,