What do you think? Conducive to writing? I don’t think a lot about my writing environment, but it is important to occasionally stop and take a look around. Many writers have to have quiet in order to go inside themselves and into the world of their characters. I love doing that and can often find that space even though my desk looks chaotic. Other writers enjoy having music to spark their imaginations. I’ve read about all kinds of music different writers enjoy. Everything from jazz to classical and whatever fits in between.
Here are some tips to help you find the perfect writing space. That space that works for you:
- Avoid interruptions. I must’ve said this one million times in different ways in different posts. But, in reality when you are taken out of that world you’re creating, it’s very had to get back in. My best writing occurs when I totally lose myself, forget the time, forget to eat, forget my tennis date, forget everything except what is happening in my writing.
- Write in a world that works for you. Don’t try and mimic Stephen King’s writing world. Instead find what works for you. If you like fewer visual distractions, then go for it. Perhaps, on the other hand, you can’t write in the quiet of your office at a desk. Perhaps you must get out and see, feel, smell what you are creating.
- Set a writing goal and give that goal a visual. For example if you set a goal of 1000 words a day, put a big sign with 1000 on it within your peripheral vision. It doesn’t have to be right in front of you, but nearby.
- If you’re finding it hard to write in a particular space, change it up. Perhaps you need to go to a writer’s retreat. Discover the kinds of stimuli that provoke your writing.
- Give yourself breaks. Sometimes I get on a roll and don’t know when to stop. My cats come in handy at times like that. They know when I’ve ignored them long enough. After several hours at my computer, I have whiskers in my face and a paw on my keyboard. Instead of fighting the feline (who always wins), give in and take a break. A little rejuvenation never hurt anyone.
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