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Setting Up the Perfect Writing Space
Every great writer knows that finding a good place to write is essential to creating something that stands out. After all, if the writer is uncomfortable, it can make it very hard to concentrate. Everyone has his or her own ideas on the perfect place. Here are some suggestions to help plan a space that works best for you.
The first step in creating a writing space is finding the actual space. Whether you have an entire room dedicated to writing, or just a corner set aside, it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, make sure you have enough room to work comfortably. If you work on the computer, and like to have your notes spread out, a dinner tray or a corner of the kitchen table will not work very well. Next, make sure you have a chair that supports your back. Sitting at a computer or a desk for long periods of time can cause back and neck pain. If you already have back problems, back support is especially important for you. Consider a chair with extra padding to help alleviate the strain. Last, make sure your room is away from distractions. If the kids are going to be in the living room watching television and playing Wii, you probably do not want that to be your work area. Make sure to choose a spot that allows you to have quiet, undisturbed time for writing.
Consider the feeling your writing space produces in you. If you feel like leaning over the desk and taking a nap, that could be a sign that you need to liven the place up. Surround yourself with good, natural lighting if possible. If not, get lights that can create a brighter room. Paint the room a cheerful color. Place pictures on the wall that inspire you. Maybe include a section with inspiring quotes. Also, consider the sounds in your space. Do you need music to write? Alternatively, do you need quiet?
Make sure your writing space has all the tools you need to create your masterpieces. If you type while writing, you will need your laptop or desktop computer. Likewise, you will need your notebooks and pencils for writing by hand. Do you use a dictionary or thesaurus to help you develop those intriguing phrases? Make sure you have them on hand if you do. Do you need a place to put your notes? Perhaps you are writing something that requires a little research. If that is the case, you will need the books or articles to use in your piece.
The last thing to consider is the rules for your writing space. Set up a time that is yours and yours alone, for writing. Make sure that your spouse, friends, roommate, children, or anyone else who may find himself or herself in your presence knows that this is your time to write. Also, make sure that these people know what can and cannot be moved or changed in your space.
By following these tips, it can be very easy to create a place that gets those creative juices flowing.