Friday, January 20, 2017

Writing Spaces

The general consensus in the writing world is that it's good to have a dedicated writing space. It doesn't have to be a whole room to yourself. It can be a favorite chair, or a spot at the kitchen table, or even in your car. Or it might not even be a space, but an object or ritual that tells your mind, "Hey, time to settle down and get to work." Like pouring yourself a beverage (maybe in your favorite cup), or putting on a certain type of music.

But, then again, there are never any real 'rules' in the game of writing. As much as having a dedicated space/object/ritual can help you get in the groove of things when it's time to put words on the screen/paper, so can sometimes shaking things up. Writing at a new locale (like a cafe or park) can help spark the brain and invigorate your writing if you find yourself in a rut.

As for myself, I have two main writing spots: my couch and my kidlet's bed. The couch reclines and is super comfy (though that's not great when I'm feeling tired). As for the kidlet's bed, I'll often sit at the end of it while I'm waiting for him to go to sleep at night (I know, he's super spoiled) and can usually get in a few hundred words by the time Mr. Sandman arrives.

What about you all? Where do you find yourselves writing at most of the time?


  1. I gave a powerpoint on writing spaces for my graduate studies. If you'd like to see it, I'd be happy to send you the file. ( In the meantime, Annie Dillard said this about writing spaces: “Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.”

    1. I can see how a person might get distracted by a pretty workspace. =)

  2. I mostly write in bed! Although now that I have the Scrivener app on my phone, the world is my oyster... er, writing space.


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