Saturday, September 20, 2008

A space to work

This week's post is about creating a space to work. I'm going to be upfront about this. You do need an office. I have an office. You need place with an in and out box, supplies, a place to stash all your writing books, and working files for various manuscripts -- this space is invaluable to you, so make sure you have one. My office has led to many sales but not to much writing. For me, an office lacks a cerain joi d'vie necessary for creation.

I need a place to work that invites me to be creative. Here's my secret, for me, I write in bed. I don't really like writing while in bed, but my hip is bad and it makes it difficult to sit in chairs for the hours of time required to produce books. So I spruce the area up around the bed to make it feel more conductive to creative energy. I have fancy embroidered pillows and a selection of water bottles and a cell phone within reach. I have a box of my favorite books, a pile of the books I'm reading, and I also have a little computer lap desk to give my little space warmth and specialness. If I feel cozy and content, I produce better work.

I also go to the library for extra creative charging. They have these giant chairs shaped like eggs in my local library. I love these chairs. They surround you on most sides and somehow I feel "cool" in an egg chair while writing books. I'm not sure what it is about that feeling of awesomeness that leads to better writing, but for me it absolutely works. I also like to go to coffee shops. The cool factor is there too. And there is endless tea and cake!

I find that I write better if I when I am cozy. I live in the Seattle area, and we have many of these great days where it all gray and yucky -- cold, blustery, and wholly miserable. The air smells terrific and the weather just screams, "Hunker down and slip off into imaginary worlds." Probably why so many writers live here.

With all my chat of wonderful environments, I must confess that I have written many things sitting at the kitchen table with four kids running around me like electrons around a nucleus. It's not always about environment, but a conductive one helps. You can still write in chaos, but try to carve out some writing time in some corner of the world that makes you feel special, unique, balanced. You might find a super charge of energy and create something out of this world for your readers.

My doodle for the week is "Perfectly Gloomy Seattle".

Remember: ©Molly Blaisdell, all rights reserved. If you want to use my cool doodles, ask permission first. It is so wrong to take people's doodles without permission!

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
A. A. Milne


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