Trying to write in the midst of papers, files, writing and research books became too distracting for me, so I decided—before beginning another book—to clean my writing space. Some people might feel at home surrounded by friendly clutter, but not me. I need order in my life to get inspired and focus properly. Time to reorganize! This, of course, got me thinking about writers and their writing spaces.
Every writer needs a spot to write, whether it’s a corner of a room, a favorite park bench, or café/coffee shop where entrance to the “writing zone” is possible. Places to write are as varied as writers.
Stephen King traded his big, beautiful desk for a smaller one. His quote: “It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”
Virginia Woolf insists: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
J.K. Rowling wrote most of Harry Potter in a café, where she found, for her, the perfect atmosphere to work.
I wrote my first book in our roughly finished attic in Illinois. An inexpensive desk from Ikea and voila! A writing corner. For inspiration (and to christen the attic corner as writing space) I taped photos and quotes from my favorite authors all over the slanted ceiling. Now I’m lucky enough to have a dedicated (and at the moment, messy) writing office. Like Amy Tan, I surround myself with objects that have great meaning for me—a robot clock that dances to its own techno-music, a “Sword in the Stone” letter opener, a bag of runes carved out of moonstones, a Jane Austen action figure, a Wonder Woman Barbie, a photo of Steven King with the line beneath claiming “…wrote a 1,200 page novel while you were reading this caption”—things that remind me I’m on a creative journey that requires inspiration and hard work.
Some find energy in the company of other writers, while other writers need isolation and inward focus. However you access your creativity, make it happen.
Love the energy of other writers? Plan some “write-ins” and invite other writers to join you.
Need some quiet? Try a library or write outside in nature.
What about complete silence? Wait until after everyone has gone to bed or in the morning before anyone gets up.
No room of your own? Bring out your creative objects and turn a corner of your house into your writing nook.
If you get stuck in your writing, try moving somewhere else. Sometimes all you need is a fresh point of view. Find out where you write best, claim your space, and write!
So where is your favorite place to write?[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://howtowriteshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/KathyColum.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Award-winning novelist Kathy Steffen teaches fiction writing and speaks at writing programs across the country. Additionally, Kathy is also published in short fiction and pens a monthly writing column, Between the Lines. Her books, FIRST THERE IS A RIVER, JASPER MOUNTAIN and THEATER OF ILLUSION are available online and at bookstores everywhere. Check out more at www.kathysteffen.com[/author_info] [/author]