Creating a Writer's Workspace


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There's a writing myth that says the only way someone can write is if they have a room dedicated to just writing. While some writers might feel the need to have a room for their craft. Most writers really only need an area designated to their writing.

Having your own room would be nice, but for most of us it's just not feasible. What the majority of writers need is really just a place to call their own. And they can, if they just think about what they need and fit it to their own living environment.

What are some of the things you should think about when planning your writing space?

1. Space, Space Everywhere

When planning your writing space you need to decide what kind of space you're going to need. Do you need a place big enough to place a computer? Or do you just need a small table for a pad of paper? Are you going to need a desk with drawers or just a bit of table space?

2. Location is Everything

If you plan on setting up a computer to work on, you'll want to pick a permanent place. You don't want to have to set up and break down your computer over and over. If you plan to have a computer, its desk would also need a wall outlet and phone jack for internet access. If not, your space could be just about anywhere in your house that has a flat surface and a little storage space.

3. Noise Factors

You also need to decide how much noise you can have around you while you write. Using a corner of the family room might not be as good as part of the kitchen if you are the kind of writer who needs quiet to write. Do you like listening to music or a white noise machine going in the background while working? Do the sounds of your children screaming and playing loudly interrupt your train of thoughts or give you ideas? These are the things to think about when picking your location.

4. Gathering your Supplies

Once you decide on a space, you'll need to stock it with your writing supplies. Paper and pencils are only the beginning. You will need printer paper, if you have a computer, envelopes, stamps, labels, pens and pencils. You will want these things close at hand, either in a drawer, a desk organizer or separate cabinet. Nothing slows a creative session than having to search for a crucial item.

5. Research Materials

Other things you need to have readily accessible to your writing space is reference books. A good dictionary, thesaurus, grammar/punctuation and a writing market reference book. These are the basic books you'll need. As you write, you'll find other reference books that will help make your writing better. Books aimed at your genre, or writing style, can be found at all bookstores and libraries.

6. Seating Requirements

Evaluate the kind of chair you need. How comfortable of a chair will you need? Test sit several different models and styles before purchasing your chair. When a writer reaches their creative zone, they can find themselves sitting for a long period of time without a break. If your chair is uncomfortable, you won't do much writing.

7. Lighting Needs

Is your area well-lit, enough for you to see what you are writing? Do you need a lot of light or just the area where you're actually writing? Whether you use overhead lights or a desk lamp, make sure it is a bright enough to prevent eyestrain and fatigue.

8. The View from your Room

What kind of view do you need while you write? Some people are easily distracted while others enjoy a chance to divert their attention now and then. Do you want your writing space sitting in front of a window, or do you just need some nice pictures on the wall in front of you while you work.

9. Comfort Items

Think about what other things you'll need to make your writing time more comfortable, creative, and productive. Do you like to have a cup of coffee, soda, tea, or water? Do you like snacks to keep your stomach from rumbling during your creative time? What are the things you need to keep your writing time flowing smoothly? Find what that is and keep it near you during your time.

10. What to Wear while Writing

Lastly, being comfortable while writing is a great way to keep the momentum flowing. Wear clothing that is weather appropriate and comfortable. Wearing clothing that is too tight will just make your time writing less fun. And having fun while writing is an important part of creativity.

Having a space to call your own is a wonderful, creative thing for a writer. You'll find yourself writing for longer periods of time and enjoying it more.

Dawn Arkin is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Love Poetry . Her portfolio can be found at http://www.Writing.Com/authors/darkin so stop by and read for a while.


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