Any writer knows the best work comes from random ideas, spontaneous thoughts, and most importantly when you’re in your writing zone. When you find the ideal writing environment, you can produce your best work. Sometimes it’s hard to recreate the exact environment, but what you can do is create a designated space that promotes productive writing and sparks inspiration. Follow these tips on how to create not only a productive writing environment, but the perfect writing area for you!
Find a Private Space
Having a quiet and calm space to work allows for the best focus. If you have a spare room in your home, converting it into a home office is a good way to have a reliable place to write. If a whole room or office is not an option in your home, think of other areas that could work. Adding a writing set up to a finished basement, a corner nook in the living room, or a garage are all options.
If you’re looking for a writing space away from the home but still close, consider putting a writing shed in your backyard. With a writing shed you can have a space that is decorated how you want and can be an escape for getting writing done. If you’re going to purchase or build a writing shed, consider using the equity in your home through the form of a loan and take just the amount you need to build your writing space. No matter what type of space you choose, having a quiet place that you solely devote to writing and that you can retreat to is important.
In addition to a writing tool, whether it be pen and paper, a laptop, or an old fashioned typewriter, you’ll need a desk or table to work at. Research different styles of desks and find one that works for you, whether that means having a larger desk to have more space for notes or one that is adjustable so you can work both standing and sitting. Along with a desk, having a comfortable desk chair is important.
Also, having an organization system in place will help keep the writing space clean and neat. You can add shelving above your desk or if space allows, a desk top organizer. If your writing space will be a private office or a writing shed, consider adding a bookcase to hold the books you turn to for inspiration. One last thing you might want to add is a lounge or rocking chair where you can step away from the desk to relax and take a break.
Decorate To Fit Your Style
Your writing space should reflect your personal style and taste. If your space is limited to just a corner desk in a spare room or the living room, you can still add a few personal touches. You can add paintings or signs above your space. Also, make sure to add your favorite photos to your desk.
If you’re opting to renovate a room in your home into an office or you’ve decided to build a writing shed, you’ll have more room to decorate your space with certain colors and style. For both a writing shed or home office you want to choose an interior paint color that is calming, and that you won’t get tired of looking at. You can decorate the walls as simple or extravagant as you wish. The important thing to remember is you want the space to encompass items that bring you joy and inspiration, and that you don’t mind looking at all day.
Creating a writing space whether it be a desk, a whole room, or your own writing shed will allow you to step away from daily distractions and focus on writing. Being able to get in a writing zone will allow you to produce your best work! And remember you can always change details if you find yourself in a writing rut and are needing new inspiration.