Today I want to talk about writing spaces. Many of my author friends have a favorite place where they get the majority of their writing done. Some travel to a favorite coffee shop, some set up shop in a hotel room while on a book tour, and others make a quaint little writing nook at home. I’m in the latter of this group. (But hopefully one day I’ll be on tour for my novels and have to make a writing space out of my hotel room!)
When my husband and I moved last February, I knew exactly where I wanted my writing space to be – in the front spare bedroom on our second floor. I envisioned myself sipping coffee from my favorite Shakespeare insult mug, typing away. Well, this didn’t happen for quite some time. Some days I wrote at the dining room table. Other days it was the kitchen island. A few evenings here and there would be spent on the couch with my laptop in … well … my lap. Some weekends I would get writing done at the Hershey Panera Bread. But I was finding that I did not accomplish much due to distractions in these locations. With an open floor plan, my son playing in the living room distracted me when I wrote in the kitchen, living room and dining room. The chatter and crowd at Panera Bread would cut my writing short. I needed a quiet writing zone. So when my latest Better Homes and Gardens arrived, and I saw the fun writing space on the cover, I became motivated to create the right space to WRITE!
And the best part – I created my space in under $25 dollars.
Lamp: $7.99 K-Mart
“B”: $5.99 TJ Maxx
Vase and Floral Arrangement: $7.00 Michaels
Sea foam – green Tray: 50 cents! Staples
Fabric for Inspiration Board: $1:25 Joann’s Fabrics
Although many people don’t need a set space to write, this works for me! And if you can get in the writing zone in a coffee shop, or need the solitude of a writing nook, whatever get you writing is your “write” space! Already, I’ve added 7,000 words to my WIP – the sequel to Poppy Mayberry, The Monday (Due to my publisher in March – yikes!) in my nook.
I’d love to see pictures of your writing space!
Happy New Year and Happy Writing!
Here are some reader photos sent in….add your photo of your writing space by e-mailing LKBandy84@yahoo.com.
From Jackie Dilworth:
“I must have a comfy writing space!”
Where Lindsay usually ends up writing…between play-doh and paper snowflakes at the kitchen table.
Carol’s desk (complete with her four-year-old son’s creative inspirations), bookshelf, and favorite foot-warmer!