J.K. Rowling wrote in coffee shops. E.B. White wrote in his living room. Philip Pullman often wrote in a museum café. All writers have a place that’s theirs to write in, a place that they’ve claimed as their own, even if it’s a public place. Have you found your workspace yet?
If not, read on and follow these three simple tips.
1. Match your style
When trying to find your workspace, you need to find something that suits your style.
Do you need food or coffee when you write? Then your kitchen or a coffee shop might be best for you.
Do you need quiet? Your bedroom, or even your closet might be a good choice. You need a space that helps your creative flow, rather than a place that works against it.
2. Clean or messy?
Some writers are clean and organized, others are messy and unorganized, some are even a mix of the two. People say that you have to be organized, or your desk must be clean to get your creative juices flowing, but these are all lies.
I’ve found that there is little difference in my writing when I have a clean space versus a messy one. The biggest difference actually hasn’t been made by the neatness of my space, but by the organization of it. If I’m unorganized, I can’t find notes or pens quickly, causing me to lose my train of thought. Find what works for you and stick to it. Don’t give into peer pressure!
This is one of the most important things you can do to your workspace. You need to make your desk (or floor, or whatever you might use) your own. This can be as big as cleaning out a room, painting it, and hanging posters on the wall, or you can make small changes, like framing a picture or taping an inspirational quote to your computer. Something that I like to do is find fun pencils to use in my writing, or brightly-colored folders to organize my notes. Again, find what works for you.
Do you have a particular spot that you’ve claimed as your writing workspace?
Find your workspace. Find a place that works for you using these tips and write. If you’ve already found your workspace, mix it up a little and see if it makes any difference in your writing. Freewrite for fifteen minutes and post your practice in the comments. Have fun!