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4 TIPS FOR SETTING UP YOUR WRITING SPACE

Setting up the perfect writing space is extremely important for your productivity, but it can sometimes be tricky and overwhelming. In this post, I'll be sharing 4 tips that will help you find where to start and make your area the perfect space to fuel your writing.

  • Defining your area. This can sound easier than it might be, but the first step you need to take is finding and defining an area in your home to claim as your writing space. Think about location, noise, lighting, and how you feel in that area. If it's a highly trafficked or messy area that brings you stress just thinking about it, you probably want to avoid that spot.
    • If being able to close a door and keep everyone out is important to you, but you don't have an entire extra room just waiting to become your writing heaven, consider purchasing a room divider, or for a cheaper option, create one with a curtain. Be sure your kids, spouse, roommates, in-laws, and anyone else who steps foot inside your house understand that when the divider is up, your space is sacred territory, and you aren't to be disturbed.
  • Think ahead when choosing your desk. Obviously, you need to choose a desk that fits within your space, but you also need to choose one that fits your needs. If you do a lot of hand writing, either notes and/or manuscripts, and you'll need space to spread out, get a larger desk. If you're a writer who uses your computer for all your notes/writing/organization/etc., you can choose a smaller desk and save room in your space for something that might benefit you more.
  • Find the right chair. Let's face it, as a writer, you're going to be sitting a lot, and spending hours in a chair that's stylish but totally impractical is going to kill you. This is where you want functionality above beauty. Choose something that will give your lower back the support it needs.
    • Over the years, I've discovered that gaming chairs are far superior to every other desk chair I've tried. They're intended to provide the user with support over many hours, and that's exactly what they do. They also tend to be of higher quality and don't need replaced as often. Keep your eye out at your local office store for sales. Mine was regularly priced at $350, and I got it for $150.
  • Decorations & surroundings. The main thing here, is that you want to surround yourself with things that will aid you in focusing and keep you motivated. When you're in your space, you want to feel relaxed, calm, and ready to write! Consider some of these ideas for decorating your space:
    • Photos of family/pets
    • Awards you won
    • Printouts or copies of some reviews you're received
    • Motivational phrases
    • Colors that you find uplifting or inspiring
    • Candles in some of your favorite scents
    • Photographs or prints of some of your favorite spots or places you want to visit
    • Fan art or photos that inspired your works
    • Books from some of your favorite and most inspirational authors

What do you have in your writing space?

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