Creating an inspirational writing environment

Where’s your spot?

Writers, you know what I’m talking about. The spot where you do the majority of your writing or creative thinking. Most of us have one.

For a long time, mine was the left side of the bed. Even though that’s technically hubby’s side of the bed, I wrote the majority of “Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets” propped up with two pillows on his side. The reason being, the left side has the advantage of the bedside table, so I could have beverages close at hand while writing. Water or Mountain Dew are my constant writing companions.

Eventually I bought a desk and set it up in our rec room. (Although in our house, it’s referred to as “the back room,” because it’s at the back of the house.)

But writing at the desk didn’t come easily at first. Even though I have access to plenty of light and can look out on the yard and town through two windows … even though hundreds of books line the room’s shelves … even though I had every office supply imaginable at my disposal … something still felt off. I had adopted the left side of the bed naturally, without any thought. With the desk, though, there was intentional effort to build a creative haven.

And my mind resisted.

It took me a while to realize the root of the problem was comfort. The bed was a familiar, comfortable place. My new desk was against a bare wall, and the space felt stark. Blank wall, blank computer screen, blank mind … they all went hand in hand.

So I buckled down to decorate and make the space feel a bit more creative.

One of the best elements of our back room is a newspaper-patterned futon. And what better way to complement the futon, perk up the room, and inspire children’s book writing than these pillows by Desmond Brown Design?

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The Shel Silverstein pillow is my new favorite piece of home decor. The poem is all about welcoming dreamers and creatives. I keep it handy to invite dreams and creativity into my writing environment as well.

20160526_131850(1)Then there’s my thrifty wall decor. First come four 4×6 prints I found online and printed onto photo paper. The frames come from Target. They’re a nice ode to books and writing.

20160526_131902Then there’s also my Dollar General discovery. Surprisingly, I’ve actually found a lot of wall art I like at Dollar General. I particularly love this one, though, for its homage to childhood joys. Imagination, running barefoot, wishing on dandelions, lying in the grass, jumping in puddles, dancing in the rain … all of them are reminders of the audience I write for. (And they’re also reminders that sometimes, the best medicine for writer’s block is jumping in puddles or cloud watching or partaking in the simple joys of life to clear the mind.)

My writing space is comfortable now, but I also want to improve it. Next up will be a bulletin board and dry erase board to serve as visual plotting devices.

What is your writing space like?

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3 Responses to Creating an inspirational writing environment

  1. trinitygrau says:

    I love this! My dad has his own office which sometimes seems to be my own space as well. It’s very art deco-ish, littered with art books, paper, and all that good stuff. It smells like pipe tobacco and the golden glow of his lights is perfect when listening to the rain and/or an old radio show. On the flipped, it’s not always the best environment for a Star Wars fanfic or a fantasy novel. That’s why my writing “space” tends to be more like writing “sound.” I listen to music that corresponds with whatever I’m writing and enjoy my tunes. Recently that music has been Indiana Jones, Rocketeer, and Iron Giant while I wrote a noir/adventure novel. It’s amazing how much music can influence you! Or a writing space in general!

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    • Music is a great point. I know a lot of fellow writers who create playlists for their writing sessions. I listen to Two Steps from Hell a lot — it’s epic music (that’s literally its genre name) written as scores for movie trailers and such. A sampling of their music is available on their YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/user/TwoStepsFromTheMusic.

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      • trinitygrau says:

        I listen to Indiana Jones during my adventurey kind of books (which I just finished one – hurray!) and Star Wars. I listen to Maleficent, How to Train Your Dragon, piano music, and whatnot for anything fantasy. I pretty much only exist between those two genres (at least for now) so I know that music pretty much by heart!

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