Creative Space-Toolbox Tuesday

Creative Space

Today I’m addressing the need for your own space. It has become clear to me that organization is a really powerful tool in one’s creative toolbox. I’ve always thought having a space to create was a great idea, but I never realized how much until recently. For most of the summer I found myself writing at our outside table.  I loved every minute of it. I got to write and enjoy the beautiful weather. But if you’ve ever been to New England you know that summers are short, and even though Fall is my favorite season, it has gotten too cold to sit outside and write.

Unfortunately, I’ve noticed a major hiccup in my writing now that I’m writing indoors. I developed a habit of sitting in the same spot. It was like the moment I sat down at that table, in that chair, the words started flowing. Like a said, a habit. Maybe not everyone’s brain works like that, but I sure learned that mine did. So what am I going to do about it? Well, I’ve dreamed of creating my own writing space for a long time. A place that all my writing stuff, books, files, ect… are in the same place. A place I can actually lay hands on whenever I need to, instead of scattered in different areas of my house depending upon where I write that day.

It does not have to be a room all its own. It can be a corner of a room, a closet in a room, anywhere you can set up a space that just belongs to you and your imaginary friends. (Talking about the characters in your head here!) Let’s face it, writing is a business and like any business you have to treat it professionally. I have a home office already as my day job allows me to work from home. Which is great, but I know I cannot write in that office because the day job is full of stress, so when I sit in there that is what I’m already primed for. A creative space needs to be a stress free zone. Here is an  example of what you can do with a small space. That’s a closet…Brilliant!

small space

Creating a space doesn’t have to be expensive there are only a few basics that every writing space needs. Then you can add stuff to inspire your imagination that’s all you.

  1. A desk- could be an old table, or a great idea would be piece of wood or on two filing cabinets which would not only give you a desk but storage too. Desk
  2. A chair-If you’re going to spend money, spend it here as it can save you from future chiropractic bills.
  3. Some type of lighting for those late nights of writing. Flea markets and yard sells are fantastic places to find cheap and unique lighting for your space. Use your imagination.
  4. Some type of storage area can be helpful. What you use will depend on your needs and the amount of space you have. If your space is small, you can use filing cabinets as I mentioned earlier or if you have a little more space and are handy with tools or know someone who is, here is a picture of something you can do for multiple uses. This is a fantastic idea!

creative storage

5.   A wall, either big or small for plotting. Now I know there are Pantzers out there, but the same wall can be used for inspirational photos, a timeline, or writing schedule ect. When doing some research I found some fantastic ideas. You can get squares of corkboard fairly cheap and can make a bulletin board as big as your wall and budget allows. But my favorite and I think I’m going to do this-A chalkboard wall! Chalkboard paint is so cheap, and just imagine having a whole wall  or half a wall to plot out your next novel on.  Love, Love, Love this! here are two ideas.

blackboardalternative plotting wall

 

Do you already have your own writing space? If so we would love to hear about it. If not and you are going to create one, I’d love to hear your ideas!

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2 Responses to Creative Space-Toolbox Tuesday

  1. All of these are great suggestions, especially #2. An ergonomic chair is so important, especially (and hopefully) if you’re going to be writing for long stretches. I like the openness and light of having a window nearby but not directly in front me so I don’t get too distracted.

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