Hello, SE Readers. Joan here on this first day of May. Can anyone tell me what happened to April? It seems to have disappeared…
Anyhow, today I want to talk about having a dedicated place in which to write.
A few weeks ago, fellow Story Empire author Craig Boyack mentioned he was going to retreat into his writing cabin. I immediately responded that I would love to have a small cabin just for writing. That’s when I learned his place wasn’t an actual cabin, but an area in his home where he retreats to write.
Okay, I admit to having a fascination with cabins. So much that I have an entire Pinterest Board titled “I’d Like to Write Here.” It has photos of cabins (and a few other spots) that I think would make ideal writing places. Oh to have such a place where I could be free from all distractions…
However, since I don’t own a cabin in the woods or have one readily accessible, I have to make do with the space I have. I believe writers need to be flexible. I’ve written in coffee shops, hotel rooms, during my lunch break at my daytime job, and outdoors.
Yes, I’ve even written from a cabin in the woods when I went on a writer’s retreat with three friends a few years ago. But the bulk of my writing is done in my home in a spot I call my writing nook.
For years, my “nook” was the end of the sofa with my laptop. But my cats don’t always understand that I’m not playing, but working. I also discovered some of my most productive time was during my lunchtime at work. I had a comfortable desk, a quiet office, and no distractions from playing on social media.
A few years ago, a writing instructor talked about the importance of having the right spot in which to write. I decided if I was going to do this writing thing professionally, and someday become a full-time writer, then I needed a better setup. I purchased a small desk and chair and went to work.
By taking this small step and moving from the sofa to a desk, I became more productive. I realize it’s a mindset, but by having my own space, I felt more like a pro and looked at my writing as a second job. (The cats still don’t understand and sometimes want to “help.”)
It’s important to note that having the most expensive computer, beautiful desk, and the perfect office setting will not make us more productive. We have to be purposeful and limit ourselves from distractions. (I wrote about a way to block social media during our writing times a few weeks ago in this post.)
We also have to apply chair glue—butt in chair, fingers on keyboard. But making small changes—even rearranging an area can make all the difference in the world. Having the right place to write is essential to productivity.
What about you? Do you have an ideal writing spot? I’d love to hear your ideas.