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Making a Writing Room or Space for Yourself

Updated on May 18, 2016
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Writing is my passion. I work as a freelance writer online and have done for many years. It is rewarding and enjoyable to craft words.

How to Personalise Your Writing Space to Create a Place Where You Can't Wait to Be!

Make a writing room where you simply can't wait to be. Even when you're tired or pushed for time. Your writing deserves at least one special location, so you simply can't wait to sit down and finally pen that novel, create short articles or work on this year's Nanowrimo entry. Creating a writing space is something you can do even if you have to make use of your bedroom or a public venue like a cafe or library.

If you're lucky enough to have your very own writing room, personalizing it is much easier for you to do. Here's how to make whatever space you use so attractive that you can't resist the urge to get on and write. Create a fantastic and inspiring room, whatever that may be, of your own! Because of extensive work we've endured in our own home, I've had to learn to work in the tiniest of areas and that's why I feel qualified to help you out.

1. A Mobile Writing Room

Investing in a decent laptop or messenger bag to hold all your writing equipment is pretty essential when on the move.

How to Make a Writing Room with Almost No Space

Creating a writing space is possible even when you have no actual room that you can use. You need to get used to writing in public areas like a cafe or library and even, perhaps, while you're on the move. Here's some tips to help you:

1) Off peak. If you're going to a public place such as the library or a cafe, avoid peak periods which could mean you don't get exactly the space you want and you end up waiting in queues to use resources. Try going either first thing or later on in the evening.

2) Portable bag. Invest in a writing bag, satchel or briefcase - one with plenty of pockets to arrange your writing equipment. Keep everything you need ready in the bag to make it easy on yourself when you do go for your writing session. This will save time hunting around for last-minute items and keep you from forgetting things to take.

3) Best seat. Find a suitable spot where you can work. Is it near natural light which won't strain your eyes too quickly? Is the air circulation good so that you don't tire too fast? Is the space large enough for you to work at and is it separate enough from other people so you won't be easily distracted? Is there enough leg room to stretch your legs out?

4) Tone it down. If you enjoy working to music, check whether you are permitted to use a personal stereo with headphones while you work. A library may have a strict policy on noise levels and it may be considered downright rude to turn your music up loud in a cafe - it's surprising what you can hear even through some tiny earphones. Adjust the volume levels in a middle of a track while you hold the earphones in your hand. If you can hear anything, it is too loud.

5) Suitable padding. To make hard and uninviting seating more comfortable, take a padded coat or sweater to sit on. This will keep you sitting down and writing for longer.

6) Lose the shoes. If your space will hide it, slip off your shoes and flex those tootsies. Just airing your feet can sometimes help to revive you when you're starting to flag a little.

Making a space inviting is possible wherever that space may be. An uninviting or uninspiring writing area could seriously let your writing down, assuming you can even make the effort to get there first!

2. A Shared Writing Room or Space

Tips on Working in a Writing Room or Office Space that you have to Share

How do you create a fantastic writing place in a shared location? Here's some tips for creating a writing room that can be in an existing bedroom, dining room, family room or some other shared locoation. Just make the most of what you do have. Here's how:

1) Divide and conquer. If possible, section off part of the room so it feels like your own. Make a space for your desk in front of a bay window, in a recess or in a corner - somewhere where it stands apart from the rest of the room. It's all about defining a space within a space.

2) Privacy laws. Shroud your section of the room with a curtain or a movable screen for added privacy. You may not feel so inhibited in your writing if other people coming in or through the room are a little less visible while you work. The advantage of this type of screen is that it can be pushed back or removed once your writing session is complete.

3) Listen up. If you work well to music, consider playing it through headphones attached to your PC or to a portable music box. That way, you won't disturb other people and they also become less of a distraction to you.

4) Bookworm. Have a selection of reference books close by on your very own shelf. Some desks have in-built shelving which will hold even heavy encyclopedias. If not, install some shelving on the wall nearest to you.

5) Make it your own. Personalize what you do have. I've a gorgeous ivory writing desk and chair which I painted and varnished myself to match. I swapped the plain wooden drawer handle for an ornate silver piece and made a luxury suede chair pad to help me out in long periods of use. My desk looks so inviting and is so comfortable, I simply love to sit at it and write.

6) Blank looks. Don't stare ahead at a blank wall or a depressing view. Invest in a piece or artwork or print that you find inspiring and place it in your line of sight. Having something nice to look at will help the inspiration and the ideas to flow.

Trying to divide the room in a practical way is the key to a harmonious shared writing space.

3. Your Own Writing Office

Creating Your Own Writing Room or Space

Lucky enough to have your own writing space or office? Discover how to turn your spare room into a writing room. Think about everything you'll need in your room to make each writing session pleasant and comfortable. Creating a room for writing can be fun. As well as the usual ensemble, you may also want:

1) Music. Do you work well to it? If so, how about placing a hi-fi or beat-box in the room? Keep a remote for it on your desk so you don't even need to move to control it. Space saver tip: plug in some mini speakers or some headphones into your PC and play music through this instead.

2) Somewhere to relax. When you need a quick break between writing sessions, how about lounging on a small sofa-bed? This way you don't need far to go to wind down a little between sessions and you can also make use of the room when guests come to stay. This can easily be dressed to your own taste with a simple throw and some comfy cushions. Space saver tip: invest in an ultra comfortable writing chair which tilts back so you can grab a few winks.

3) Book storage. A bookcase or shelving will hold all your reference guides and reading material which you can browse through for pleasure and idea gathering sessions. Space saver tip: you can buy desks with built-in shelving which will be enough to hold the essential books.

4) Artwork. Use it to personalize your room and provide an instant source of inspiration. You can easily buy and frame prints to suit your taste. Space saver tip: save your favorite artwork on your PC as wallpaper or a screensaver so you don't need to look far to get inspired.

5) A large mirror opposite your window. This will help to reflect natural light around the room. It's easier on your eyes to work with natural light (you may need to move your PC to reduce glare) so maximize on what you have. Throw the curtains back, pull up the blinds and let light work for you. If you only have a tiny room, paint it in a very light color throughout and use reflective surfaces where you can to give the illusion of space.

6) A little luxury. How about a foot spa underneath your desk. Slip your tootsies in while you write for the ultimate in pleasure. A bit extravagant but you'll look forward to each and every writing session - guaranteed. You can also buy a back massager to sling over your chair. Get pampered while you write. Money saver tip: fill a bowl with warm water and your favorite bath foam to slip your feet into instead.

You can only write for the length of time that your chair is comfortable. So invest in a comfy seat!

Here is my Current Writing Room. It isn't big or pretty but this is my current Writing Den!

Writing Room / Office Space
Writing Room / Office Space

I've worked all over the house: in the dining room, in our lounge, bedroom and even outside with a laptop and a tray. But I finally have my own writing space!

My husband got tired of being kept awake in the wee hours of the night while I typed away on a desk in our bedroom, so we made a space in the wee boxroom. I have to share the room with a tumble dryer that isn't in use - this gets used as a handy shelf and I store things inside it too. My cat kept stealing my chair so I made her a cushioned space on the floor so she sits with me while I write.

The most useful items in the room aside from my laptop (and the cat of course) are the big whiteboard which is great when I need to brainstorm ideas for new articles and also my pinboard which holds tick sheets of pages that I want to create and ones that need to be updated. It's still a very new space so I'm going to personalize it as I go - and maybe I'll lose the tumble dryer in time too!

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      Jen Corrigan 2 years ago

      This is helpful and inspiring advice! I'm currently experimenting with writing in different places in hopes of establishing a space that I can utilize just for writing. I've been told so many times that having a spot set aside for creative work can be beneficial when it comes to getting the juices flowing. I shall definitely use some of your tips!

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      cmadden 3 years ago

      One must always have an appropriate place for the cat ;-> . In our last house, I had a part of the garage set up to work with stained glass; for the cat, I set up a spot with a sideways box on top of an upside down one, with a soft blanket inside the top box. She would wander out to the driveway to sit for a while before settling on the blankets in the box for a nice nap. In the room where I had my easels set up, I had a perch for her by the window. Cassie was great company whilst painting or playing with glass. My current kitties always seem to want to walk or sit on the keyboard or sketch pad - then *maybe* settle on one of the perches I have for them nearby!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm trying to squeeze out a small space for me in our guest bedroom. Still working on this. :)

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      Alyssa DeBoer 3 years ago

      Really informative lense. I think it will help me a lot with creating a writing space, which I have actually been trying to do lately.

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      Faseeha Harthim 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Lovely post! I always dream of having my own writing den. A tiny cottage somewhere in the woods may be? Thanks for the useful tips!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That was awesome advice.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @rikaoke2010: Yes, it works for me. Thank you.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @eccles1: Thank you :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @kayla_harris: It is wonderful to have :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @grahamcox lm: Thank you, Graham :)

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      Hammocksaustralia 4 years ago

      My home PC, in the living area of the house. Love it there, can jump between cooking dinner and writing, have music playing, and is close to our outdoor living area.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @Mambley: Yes, even though it is tiny and a wee bit messy, it's so nice to have your own space.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @Allison Whitehead: Allison, my cat has now taken to sitting on my desk and covering my laptop! Eek!

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @JerseyJames: I hope you manage to sort out a space for yourself :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @rawwwwwws lm: Thanks Rawssssss :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Donna. Yes a divider might work well for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I have a half a room so I like the idea of the dividers.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Yes my cat is sitting on her plumped up cushions as I type. She loves having her own space very close to me and somewhere that she's not being moved all the time. It's comforting to write with a feline companion :)

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      JerseyJames 4 years ago

      Great lens, I need to work on making a writing room

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      Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      My writing room has a cat in it too! And yes, he's usually on my chair :)

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      Mambley 4 years ago

      A room of one's own... Must have.

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      grahamcox lm 4 years ago

      Great lens! This is really helpful, there is nothing that helps writing more than a suitable writing space :) many thanks

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      Maybe I need to make a beautiful writing room.

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      I see how you won the purple star!

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      rikaoke2010 4 years ago

      It's a very simple personal room. I like it !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The information on public writing rooms are very pertinent to me. Thank you!

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      kgdunst 4 years ago

      Cool lens! I like to work on my lappy in a cafe - to rent a lil space for a short while to make myself to be productive :)

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I wish I had my own writing shed. A place to go to without going far from the how. But I can't complain. My current writing room has a great view. d

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      PS: Congrats on your Purple Star and Front Page feature!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I finally have a small extra (bed)room with lots of windows with a view of trees that I can use for my computer, desk, and reference materials. After years of working in a corner of a bedroom, this is very nice and feels downright luxurious!

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      abraxo 4 years ago

      I can write almost anywhere but it would be lovely to have my own space to retreat to.

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      Jennifer_Glennon 4 years ago

      These are great ideas. In less than a month, I will be home all of the time and doing much more writing so these will be helpful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As an interesting read.

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      OMENA777 4 years ago

      Some great ideas here, thank you

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Anytime you can personalize a project space more of you is evident in the space result.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a beautiful lens.

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      vanidiana24 4 years ago

      I like a secure and secluded space where I can concentrate full on my writings. Thanks for sharing!

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings.

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      Vilja 4 years ago from Helsinki

      That's a really good tip about taking off your shoes. I can see how it could help you get comfortable, and turn inwards, and feel like you can be relaxed and private even in an open space. Sitting down with shoes on is business, social, other-oriented. Sitting down with shoes off is free time, private, and relaxed. I don't like to listen to music while writing - I find it distracting - but I can see how it can have the same function kind of function for other people.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @WritingForChange: Yes I traveled a lot in my younger days, up and down the country on trains. Having some kind of portable writing space is essential if you really want/need to write while being on the move a lot. If you have a writing bag with everything you need always packed in it, you'll find it a lot easier. Thanks for coming by.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @KathyMcGraw2: Your writing room sounds very nice apart from not being heated. My little box room gets very hot when the sun is out - I have to keep the blinds down and the window wide open. It is tiny with no views or plants - but it is mine and I do have the cat to keep me company :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @evannecarter: Thank you, Evanne :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @hartworks lm: A recliner is very nice. I like to use the iPad for making notes and doing research - it can be very useful for that. I have used it to update lenses on Squidoo but you can't move modules around. Be nice if it was fully functional.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @rahuls66: Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @TheFalconPress: I definitely write more since I've got my own room - just good to escape in there away from everything else. Thanks.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: That's great to hear - thank you for your visit.

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great lens. As an artist, I can see where many of these ideas also apply to creating a quiet space for a small art studio.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful article with some great ideas. I really liked the ideas for mobile writing. Writing in coffee shops, restaurants, or libraries is a great way to find inspiration.

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      casquid 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! This warrants more looks from everywhere.

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      MarkJustice 4 years ago

      I had a great office in the spare bedroom, but then my mother-in-law moved in. I'm now relegated to the corner of the dining room. Oh well!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, congrats on your LOTD. Thumbs Up!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, congrats on your LOTD. Thumbs Up!

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      sunlightseer 4 years ago

      Great lens and congrats on LOTD! I WISH I had a place of my own. Things are changing, so maybe, someday.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @sunny saib: Thank you. I really do get a lot more writing done now I just have my own space where I can shut out all the other distractions. But we all have to make the best of things with what we do have to work with.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @jarajelissa: Thank you for visiting, make a writing room.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @victoriahaneveer: I'm dreaming of the day when I can have a writing hut in the garden - then I can comfortably write inside and out. A koi fish pond would be very relaxing to look at too. Thanks for the visit.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @SoniaCarew: Yes, I used to work in our bedroom but that didn't work very well for hubby! If you have a bedroom to yourself then it can be great and relaxing space to write in. Thanks for stopping by.

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      This is something very interesting for me. Writing is my hobby too. I always love to have a writing room in my home where you can have that kind of peace of mind which is required for quality writing...nice!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I love writing in a den... quiet and peaceful.. but I also do some good writing in a coffee shop.. :) Blessed!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      PS I like the way you've included a special place for your feline friend. I never gave that a thought, but I bet mine would appreciate having a place with me that's more than my lap :+)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      First of all congrats on this lens being LTD :+) You are to be commended for have putting forth so many great and practical ideas. You also have used graphics and modules in an organized and appealing manner. I do have my own writing space in our new "home" that is the closest thing to a glass conservatory that I'll ever come. I have wonderful views of local wildlife through a shallow bay-window which are not distracting, but very restful to eyes, mind, imagination and spirit. Again, congrats!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My writing hut is made from old wood pallets held together with bailing twine, and a couple c-clamps in the really weak spots. : ) The roof is a tatty piece of plywood covered with scrap metal. I keep a roof ladder leaned up against it so the cats have a play place. : )

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      What a great idea to have a "writing room" in which we can concentrate on just writing.. I have in my place a small room as office room and yes is isolated... very small and messy... but I know each object/book/notebook where it is... LOL

      Blessings!

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      awesomedealz4u 4 years ago

      Great tips. I REALLY need to clean my office. It's so cluttered, I can't concentrate to write. Lovely lens!

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      darren0clue0 4 years ago

      I really to write when there's music, these are really great ideas to make writing more enjoyable.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Glad to see I am not the only one who makes a point of creating a cat space in the office. LOL

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love my space right now on the 20th floor of a residence. Am alone during the day as my husband is at work and am looking at the whole city. I always keep my things in a big bag so I have them handy beside me, neat as well as I can transport this easily to another room.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Super lens. I just use a spare bedroom that I turned into an office. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      Joanne Reid 4 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      Love this lens!! Great idea and I am going to give the mobile writng room a try.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      My husband and I have an office, so I get half for my writing. Unfortunately, the file space is devoted to the family finances and I really need some space for my research.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      Great ideas. I work at the kitchen table and have to compete for space, but in the 11pm-2am time slot it's all mine.... Congratulations on LOTD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was beginning to despair over the beautiful writing room photos until you posted your space! Thanks for great ideas! For now, I'll take what I can get for my space, which is a niche in a common area.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I love your suggestions! Angel Blessings**

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      These are great ideas. Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses, getting the Purple Star, AND Lens of the Day!

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Oh and I forgot: Congrats on the Purple Star and LOTD, well deserved

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I have my own 'office' space where nobody else is coming but me. That is because I keep the national herd book of our rare sheep breed Drenthen Heathsheep and that includes a big paper archive.

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      passion4horror 4 years ago

      I haven't had a dedicated writing space for quite some time. This lens has reminded me that I need to do something about that pretty soon

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      DianaHarper LM 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. As I looked at the title, I was thinking, "I need something that can move with me." Then I saw your first section was about a mobile writing room! Blessings!

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      I would love to own an antique writing desk and set it up in a traditional snug room

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like everything you said - especially about the light. AND I love your writing room. It's gorgeous. Blessed!

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      Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      These are great ideas to think about. I think I need a better workspace.

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      webvolutionseo 4 years ago

      Excellent Lens, Kinworm!

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      Chocolatealchemy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I love your Lens and you've given me some great ideas - so thank you. Congrats on a well deserved LOTD

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      spiritspeak444 lm 4 years ago

      Fabulous lens!!!! Very informative and well done. I picked up a couple of great ideas in securing my own writing space. Peace :)

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I see your writing room also includes a feline companion. I can certainly relate to that. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      the_genteel_reader 4 years ago

      Good article, good tips! I have one little corner of a room specifically for writing my novels. And a window to look out, for inspiration or to be refreshed after spending hours at the keyboard. Maybe you should add "all of the above" to your voting list! It was tough to make a decision!

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      fightstrength 4 years ago

      Great lens, what i would give for a writing room !

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      This is a great Lens full of awesome ideas. I wish that I had a more inviting environment to relax and write in. I am currently set up in my garage where I run my business from. My desk is backed up to the wall and I am staring at mountains of boxes all around me. I can however see out the roller door into the quiet country lane that we live in so I have some trees to look at for peace. Congrats on being awarded LOTD. :-)

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      ikepius 4 years ago

      Great lens!! personally, i go almost anywhere with my writing pad. That feels like a mobile writing room. So, anywhere i can sit down and write, I make my writing room...thanks!!

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      Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      A very inspirational lens. My writing room is currently the dining room table, not ideal and far from perfect, but it will do. One day, I will have my own study and library ahhhh!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Great lens full of daydreams and possibilities!

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      myraggededge 4 years ago

      It's a mess! I have a corner of our bedroom where my printer and laptop (looks like we have the same one!) live. However, as most of my writing is art-related, I also have all my art stuff around me too. Not good. I am often creating art with one arm resting on my laptop. Then taking photos, then more art, then uploading, then writing, and on and on it goes! I long for a real studio.

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      AlexanderTurner 4 years ago

      Great lens and very original idea, well done! As for me, like writing in my room because it's spacious, quiet, but I really liked the idea of the whiteboard for brainstorming and the inspirational posters! Thanks for sharing your tips. Cheers!

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      added to my Creative writing 101 lens

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      P.s. adding to my Creative writing 101

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I usually write in my room unless there is no one else around the house then i'll write while on the couch in the living room. (I write in mybinder first then copy to computer) However I need a different desk. My parents purchased the desk (they went w/o me) and chose it & I HATE it always have where my legs should be under it is a rolling shelf for a scanner, printer or something else. I wanted soemthing that was one part rolling desk (my dream writing desk) and another part 'office' desk.

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      LadyFlashman 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on your LOTD! My writing space is my bed or sofa, I would love a little hut in middle of nowhere, that would be my dream! I loved reading this lens, you have wonderful and practical suggestions here.

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      CarlaFischer 4 years ago

      thanx for inspiring me to evolve my current writing space!

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      WritingForChange 4 years ago

      Love it. I travel a lot and write on the road so loved the tips on creating a portable writing space!

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @Snowsprite: Yes, I only recently acquired my own room. Over the years I've had to make do with writing in all kinds of odd places. Having your own space or area if you can is special. I hope you get a great writer's den one day!

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @scientech: Thank you, I appreciate your visit today.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @theXodus: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @kindoak: You're very right. I'd love to get my room clutter free and I start with the best of intentions but I'm not there yet! Thanks for your visit :)

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      @flycatcherrr: Too funny as I too picked a riverbarge, and I too have a sunny porch (glassed in room) but I don't have any deer .....just possums and racoons and lots of birds.

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      I have a cool writing room that used to be a sunroom. I have an open and closed sign that I use to keep me focused that this is work :) I also made a lamanated sign that says..."writing room" that I have on the wall. I love this room and it has views, plants, lots of space for my tons of papers, etc. Only problem is it has not heat or air so isn't good during certain weather :(

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      evannecarter 4 years ago

      Great ideas and suggestions here.Will be utilizing some of them.

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      hartworks lm 4 years ago

      I have a recliner in the bedroom where I can sit with my ipad, and my home office is carved out of the liviing room.

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      rahuls66 4 years ago

      Thanks Kinworm for these useful and interesting tips. I am going to take some home right away!

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      The Falcon Press 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I transformed a nasty smelling cat's litter room into an incredible writing room for myself. As for my writing productivity, it was like magic happened. I've since completed two books.

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      marketingtoolsguy 4 years ago

      My writing room is usually looking out over Foreverwild behind our house. Green forest with occasional views of deer eating our apple tree and foxes chasing squirrels. The wildlife disturbs my concentration, but only for a short time and I always return to writing with a different, better perspective.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Finally, after all these years, I do have a writing area that i love and no one bothers me. The ideas here are great. Thank you!

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      malloryjane 4 years ago

      I haven't wrote on Squidoo in quite some time, but have recently realized that I miss it and want to get back into it. I live in a new flat now and keep getting distracted. My project for tonight is to get a new writing area set up - it won't be fancy - but somewhere that's reserved just for writing. Thanks for sharing this!

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      AlexBPearl 4 years ago

      Brilliant lens. Thank you. AP

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      I used to write novels . Now I am an artist. I like my writing space since it involves computers to be in a public space. It keeps one from being isolated

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      You gave me some great ideas! I would love to have a writing room one day, but for now I just need to either stick with the public spaces or a shared writing room... And I love your idea about a piece of art for inspiration to avoid "blank look" - I think I will do that :)

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      Merstarr 4 years ago

      I love writing out in public actually, but now being home with kids that just isn't doable. It is definitely a dream to one day have a little space all my own and I can see it now :)

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      santadelcobre 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, you made me laugh with the picture of your current writing room!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      I can write as the house falls down around me. Nothing distracts me. The TV is in front of me and my husband is always assuming I know what he is watching, but I never notice. My daughter complains that I can't hear her. I used to make the same complaint about my own Mom who returned to college while I was in high school and would study into the wee hours of the night. I guess it's genetic. Hahaha - okay, that's an excuse. :)

      But I do dream of having a space dedicated to writing and art. I loved your ideas.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      It would be great to have a separate room but my desk is in my living room and works great! I love all of your ideas for creating a space where ever that might be. Good kitty!

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      MuffinPuffART 4 years ago

      I have a "craft" room full of all my arts and supplies. It has my desk and computer in there too so I guess that qualifies as a writing room but my goodness me its cluttered.

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      joeyoung lm 4 years ago

      Hi Marie,

      Wonderful info. There are so many things a person can overlook that could make the writing experience a pleasure instead of a chore. Hope you don't mind but I have put this as a featured lens in my two book lenses.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent ideas, tips, and examples. Currently, I have a "thinking tree" about a mile from my mountain home. I hike to the beautiful, towering Ponderosa pine when I want to simply let my creative juices flow. What I really want most is a writing treehouse. Congrats on your feature!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Fantastic Lens and Ideas, thanks for sharing.

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Thanks for the tips, too.

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Lovely lens - liked all the different types of writing room you covered - I wouldn't have thought of it like that :-)

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      peachplanet 4 years ago

      nice job! I find best inspirations in the early morning hours while I drink my coffee. My first choice for writing is my dining room that I converted into cozy bar/sitting area.

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      Stephen Lewis 4 years ago

      You would not believe my work area. I have a huge, old, solid wood, oak desk, with very deep drawers, that I have owned for 47 years, that I bought at a used office furniture store, for $5, very used. I have a, now antique. computer limo, circa 1990, with doors and wheels removed, that sits atop this sturdy desk platform that holds my 2 desktop computer towers and large screen monitor. My bookshelf is from a deceased doctors office; an antique with closing glass doors. that I bought circa 1960. and the medical books in it were copywrited around 1920. I sit in a battered cloth covered recliner with my keyboard, on a cable extender, on my lap and my mouse pad is the wide arm of the chair. My cat lays on the other arm. A totally different semi-retired lifestyle.

      Thanks so much for exposing me to working environment of the other 75% with no formal office. I love the dryer shelf/storage area!

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      Great lens. I have always tried to create a personal space to have my quiet time and meditation. It is where I write in my journals and now Squidoo. My dream would be a garden type house where I could look out the window or even open the window to the view the sky, feel the breeze and smell the flowers..

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      ernieplotter 4 years ago

      So far my writing space limits to my office just after 7 or 8 in the night, where everybody has left and there is silence and peace. Maybe I should get a PC for home an write there... but sometimes there are even more distractors at home than in the office! Nice lens!

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      jgary lm 4 years ago

      My office is a mess, but I write in it everyday. Thanks for the great lens!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, you can see your desk. I think you're missing out on the piles. They're kinda comforting :) Congrats on LOTD

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My writing space these days is a corner of one of the couches in my living room, on a laptop, with the TV playing the Zen (Ambient-style) or Light Classical music station from DirecTV very faintly in the background, or in silence, depending on the level of concentration I need. I love the idea of the Garden! I'd also enjoy an ivory and mahogany-themed traditional study. For now, it's an autumn-colored living room in an apartment in Florida :)

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      great ideas for those of us who work and write at home...i love the idea of space dividers! congratulations on lens of the day!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      I love the writing area I have now but I wouldn't mind having a houseboat or barge. :) Needed "all of the above" choice. Congratulations on a great lens.

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      My writing space is just off the kitchen in the middle of the chaos. I usually do most of my writing when my husband is home from work so he can keep an eye on the children. He still needs me to be near by so I can hear his crys for help. Congrats on LOTD!!

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      Tobint44 LM 4 years ago

      Great lens, I would love to have my own writing space, but for now its just the recliner.

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      Debra Lobel 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I usually write while sitting amongst a throng of people. I start off by finding a quiet spot in the house nd everyone else seems to follow me there. Fortunately, I can shut out everyone else out and concentrate on my writing.

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      DeepaVenkitesh LM 4 years ago

      wow, loved every picture. Loved the poll too. I too face difficulties when people come visiting and sleep in my writing room. As for the white board idea, it is great, sometimes I get ideas when taking a bath he he, what to do, I forget sometimes when I get out. I have always felt that writers are not properly considered and a perfect writing room is the best idea.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nicely done, thanks for sharing!

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      having a good writing room is always important :) Congrats on LOTD.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I find that I spend most writing time on a laptop on an old Thai folding bar in our kitchen or using the same laptop on a laptop-tray on the living room sofa. We live on a horse farm and the views from all windows are of fields trees horses or deer so it is very peaceful. My two dogs are usually sleeping by my feet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You give some wonderful tips. Very nicely done.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I wish to have writing room in my new house. There is a long desk table inside so all our family members can sit side by side to either work or study.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Definitely a very cool lens - and one well-deserving the LotD award! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      Superb! I am fortunate to have an office of my own but you've given me some great ideas. Number one: a cushion for the cat. Why didn't I think of that?

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Congratulation on your LotD. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing. I think I would like to try the cafe'.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have a wonderful L-shaped desk and a real, rolling desk chair, but the best part is the window to my right which overlooks our front yard and the driveway so I can see at a glance what's going on "in real life." It's also a great view when my eyes need a rest from the computer screen. Love your suggestions - and your lovely writer's space! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congrats on the LOTD

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      Karen1960 4 years ago

      Some great ideas here, thanks.

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      BestGamesQuest 4 years ago

      Terrific advice! I'll have to implement some of your "public writing room" ideas :)

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      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      Love your writing room!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love your lens! I'm trying to convince my husband to lend me the fourth bedroom (the guest bedroom), but it's to no avail.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      What brilliant ideas and congratulations on Lens Of The Day. I would love to have a patio area outside that was shady enough so I could still use the laptop without suffering glare, but practical enough so I could sit for hours and just write, while enjoying the sights/sounds of nature.

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      LeisureTravelEgypt 4 years ago

      just a great lens

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      LeisureTravelEgypt 4 years ago

      just a great lens

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I agree with Mistel - I tend to have more ideas when I'm out but it's easier to pull it all together when you have some peace.

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      LeisureTravelEgypt 4 years ago

      just a great lens

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      GabStar 4 years ago

      I have my writing room all planned out for one day when we build our dream home.

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      bwet 4 years ago

      My writing space is my work room. You can also call it a writer's room but I generally do business related stuff in the room as well.

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      Carol Fisher 4 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I used to have a room of my own but we had to move somewhere smaller and so I have a space in the living room. I'd love to have a garden hut as long as it was heated in winter.

      You've made great suggestions and given good tips for a writing space.

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      ionee251 4 years ago

      Our house is small that we have to divide the living room by two, the other side is where i sleep and has been my writing space. Just a small sized bed inside a mosquito net. But I love my space, no need to turn on the lights and my privacy on my things is respected :) Thank you for sharing! Your lens inspired me more to organize my things. They're messy.

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      sunny saib 4 years ago

      Great lens. I write from home and would like to scream out loud how important it is to have dedicated space for work. You have done a great job here by carefully listing all the ways one can achieve this with. Precise and useful :)

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      jarajelissa 4 years ago

      Nice lens..

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      What a great lens, you've covered everything! I am lucky enough to have a study at home (well it's kind of essential since I work as a freelance writer) but my ideal writing space would be a warm sunny garden with a fish-filled pond, plenty of scented plants and flowers and no noisy neighbors. Kind of the opposite to what we have right now but I can always dream. Love some of those pictured laptop bags above, they're really pretty.

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      SoniaCarew 4 years ago

      Great lens! Right now I find my room, my bed, the perfect place. I tried every room in the house, the garden, coffee shops,... but no space is as perfect as my bedroom,...

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      Fay 4 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Great lens. Unfortunately I don't have the space for separate anything. This means that to write I would be on the computer for even longer than already am. Ideally would have a separate room or laptop. Blessed.

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      scientech 4 years ago

      That's a really great tip, i agree with your post.

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      theXodus 4 years ago

      Congrats on the LotD!!! Well deserved for sure... thanks for all the tips :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @Mistl: It can be difficult to get the right balance, Mistel, between distraction and inspiration. If the environment is too exciting (like flycatcher's would be for me - re comment below) then perhaps you won't get much work done. However, if you're suffering from writer's block, having an exciting or stimulating environment could be just what you need. Thank you for your visit.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @DJ-TBone: Thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: A river barge would be glorious but your porch space sounds divine, flycatcher. That would definitely work for me although maybe I wouldn't get much writing done because I'd be too interested in watching the deer! Thank you for your visit today :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @MJ Martin: Thank you Ruby :) I would love a porch swing and it is on my list of things to get when funds allow it! That would be nice to sit on and write with a laptop or tablet. Writing outside can be very inspirational.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: That's a really great tip, RoadMonkey, on the pencil attached to paper on your noticeboard. Everything you need is right there. I love my whiteboard - so useful when you need to work things out. Great for mind mapping. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @NightMagic: I used to write a lot in the public library, so it was essential not to make any noise but liked to have access to music because it can help to kick-start the imagination when your surroundings are rather bland. Thanks for your comment.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @DLeighAlexander: I have a very thick padded cushion on my chair - it's so comfy that the cat kept sitting on it until I made her a cushioned area of her own in my writing room. Thank you for stopping by and reading :)

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      I like to have a clutter-free space around me when I work. Easier to focus without distractions.

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      Mistl 4 years ago

      I am torn between a personal and public writing space. I get easily distracted in public spaces, but on the other hand, those distractions sometimes become inspiration.

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      DJ-TBone 4 years ago

      What an awesome lens thanks for posting!

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      This is wonderful, kinworm - you've covered all the bases! I crave a writing room on a river barge but count myself lucky to have a great space on a sunny porch, dogs at my feet, where I can glance up periodically to watch the deer wreaking havoc in my garden.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      I have a place to write in the house, I have a room outside that you have inspired me to fix up for a better writing studio. I love taking my laptop out there. Another favorite spot is on my porch swing. Thanks for the reminders of a comfortable chair and personalizing it up a bit more. Congrats on LOTD.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      I am very lucky, I have my own study - one advantage of an old house. But I don't have artwork on the walls - I have a whiteboard and a notice board. And on the noticeboard, I have a cardboard base pinned (from an old Amazon parcel wrap), with paper sheets pinned on top and a pencil on a piece of string, so if I am pacing the room and have a sudden inspiration, I don't have to sit down - there's pencil and paper already available to draw or jot down a thought or diagram.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: That sounds wonderful, Steve. Having your own space can make a big difference.

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      Great tips especially the one about holding your earplugs in your hand & if you can hear it than it's too loud. I wish more people would do that. The mirror & the foot spa was a nice touch too.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @MrMojo01: Thank you, MrMojo :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @kburns421 lm: Planning your writing sessions can work if you need that organisation - some people work better with unplanned sessions. But either way, you need to have some writing equipment handy. Thanks for your visit.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      My writing space is a secluded room, with a comfy seat. You are right about a comfortable seat, it is a necessity for when you just can't stop a writing session. Good lighting and a functional computer are also a requirement.

      Nice lens, angel blessed :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: That is so true. I do need quiet time to write in otherwise I just can't focus on what needs to be done. Thanks for your visit :)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Having a personal writing space is such a great idea, because some of our best work can come from getting that quiet time.

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      kburns421 lm 4 years ago

      What wonderful tips! You have great ones I would never have thought of. The few times I've gone to sit in public places to work or write, I've enjoyed it, but now I know to plan ahead better :-)

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      MrMojo01 4 years ago

      I need to come up with a better writing space! Nice lens!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      My favorite writing space is my desk in my office. In the morning it's quiet outside. I generally have the window open. And sometimes Olivia Felini lies on the desk beside my journal. It feels good to have a small life nearby.

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      Marie 5 years ago

      @indigoj: Thank you WordCustard. Creating your own writing space does indeed give you a great start as a writer.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      These are great tips for creating a creative space for writers. Of course, you can't buy self-discipline, but having a room that's a nice place to be gives you the best possible start!

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      Marie 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you very much, I appreciate your support :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nicely done in private, for the public to relish. :) Very informative. Keep them coming. Good day and God bless.

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