Oh the joy of being entertained for hours with a bucket of water, Dad's paint brush and the back patio as a canvas.
How important is it to have a workspace that is conducive to creative writing?
Let’s first look at what types of work spaces other writers find
favourable and what the experts say. Nature - either inside or out- promotes creativity, so I recently got a pot plant for my study. Did it help my writing? No, but I've grown quite fond of the plant. If you’re more of a brown finger, then try a couple of panoramic photos.
Knick-knacks are fabulous for inspiration, whether they have meaning to you, like holiday souvenirs, or are just unusual. Think textures, shapes and colours to stimulate ideas.
Apparently warm colours can help creativity, but you might not be keen on painting your work room red, orange or yellow (which mine is by the way; a shade called potato chip).
Instead, embellish with brightly coloured décor.
A writing space can be anywhere you feel comfortable and are able to concentrate. I have a friend who does most of her writing in bed with a laptop on her knee, and another who
prefers to head to a noisy café with a great view - which has the added bonus of being able to people watch. I often scribble on a notepad during the 10-15 minutes waiting for the school bell to ring, and chattering children to jump in the car.
So, you can see it’s not as simple as just having a pretty work space. A writer who really wants to write won’t be too fussy about where or when they do it, they just do.
Every workstation can get stale when you spend a lot of time at it, so make small changes from time to time, and if the mood takes you, physically get up and write somewhere else. The real truth of the matter is that you need to be fresh, not your work space.
Posture is important. Try standing with your arms thrown above your head for a couple of minutes, or sit with your feet up on the desk and hands behind your head. Avoid crossing your legs and slouching. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. You may even go so far as to have a mantra to say before you write and before you go to bed.
In winter, being in a closed environment with the heater on can lend itself more to siestas than word flow, so don’t forget to fling the windows open and let fresh air in at the first sign of sun. Better still, go for a walk to stimulate a healthy body and active imagination. Good posture can improve the way you feel and work, by reducing the level of the stress hormone (cortisol).
I have a pin-board, where I put information relevant to my current story, e.g. a concise summary, maps and character pictures/bios, as well as up coming industry events, inspirational quotes and images.
Hopefully you’ve come to the same conclusion as me; your writing space can be a wonderful nurturing space to maximize your comfort, but is by no means the most important tool. So quit pondering and start writing!
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Albert Einstein.
So, leave a comment and tell me where you most like to write or read.