We all need that quiet cozy corner where we can park our behinds and write to our heart’s content. Be it by the window overlooking your beautiful garden or on your bed, you ought to have a creative space to eliminate all the distractions and focus on your whatever. Writing Spaces help you to focus, be productive and keeps you organized.
I was someone who never had a dedicated writing space. The moment I sat down to write, I went into a kind of temporary insanity where I would stare blankly into space, watch wicked Game of Thrones theories on Youtube, read a book, find the quietest spot and sing to Beyonce’s Single Ladies and do anything other than writing. You get the point? But then one fine day I decided if I need to focus on my writing, this has got to stop. One of the most effective things I have done so far is set up a proper writing space in my home.
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So, I sit down at this awesome space by a window, surrounded by greens, journals, books and cute stationery, and lots of inspiration to write.
Shuchi Kalra says
I have a cozy corner where I do all my writing, at least most of the time. It is right by the window overlooking the garden and of course, I have that thing on the whiteboard as a note-to-self. Once my daughter is slightly more grown up and independent, I plan to turn one room of the house into a dedicated writing space. But for now, this one works perfectly!
Shilpa Garg says
Most of my ideas for a blog tend to crop in the oddest of places, sometimes even in dreams. I type these words in an app called Notebook installed in my Android phone, while traveling on a train, in between finding a seat and making way for fellow passengers to alight. In my bag are a bunch of sticky notes with pages filled with various topics to write on, even a reminder to share blogposts on social media sites. On days when I am extremely busy trying to code a solution, my muse would appear and I am compelled to open Notepad++ on my desktop and quickly jot down ideas before they fade away. While at home the Notes software on my Macbook is always open with different tabs for ideas and links. I have not even spared my gmail drafts which contains a summarized list of things I need to write. Never let an idea die a silent death.”
I’ve come a long way from the old, used, manual Royal typewriter I did my writing on back when I was growing up in the 1960’s. It was good training, though. Besides strengthening my fingers and my wrists, I learned to type accurately. There was no delete key, only erase tape or, later, white out liquid. I had to learn to think before I wrote, and edit in my mind, because there was no cut and paste. There was only typing pages over wrote so many school papers on that old Royal. I got rid of it a long time ago, not realizing it might be museum material one day.
Now, my writing devices are mostly electronic. This is the keyboard of my desktop computer in my bedroom. My fingers glide over it with the ease born from learning to type on that old Royal. I can still type at over 65 wpm although my accuracy isn’t what it used to be. My son built that desktop computer from parts. I am so proud of him.
In my living room, there is a four year old laptop. Like me, the laptop is showing its age. So it is almost time for my next device, an iPad. I just got it last week, and I bought a case with a built in Bluetooth keyboard so I could type easily on it. It’s cramped, but I’m hoping I can find a good app to write blog posts with. And finally, the device I wrote so many emails with over the last four years – my iPhone 4S. Now it sits turned off, but not forgotten.
Paper and pen? I write by hand so infrequently now, my hand cramps up. But if inspiration strikes and I have a pad nearby, I will write my thoughts down, and type them later. I’ve come so far from that old Royal.
There is nothing fancy about the way I write or the devices I use to write or even the places I sit and write at. In case I am writing about some random, witty conversation I have had with my son based upon the books we read together, which is also the main theme of my blog, I straight away type the post in our family laptop. Our family of 3 shares the same Lenovo laptop. I am technologically challenged so I cannot provide details about the model, make, processor speed etc of the laptop. However, if the post demands considerable thinking and re-thinking or if the post idea is fuzzy in my head, I prefer writing the first rough draft in my diary. Later I develop the post while typing it in the laptop. It is a regular diary which dates back to 2004. It must have been gifted to my Father-in- law and I discovered it this year under a pile of old books. No Evernote or other writing apps for me. I am such old-fashioned and old worldly in this sense. Also, this way I keep my eyes unstrained by staying away from lighted screens. When it comes to choosing a place to write, I am guilty of forgoing correct ergonomic posture for comfortable sitting most often. There isn’t a place in the house where I must not have sat either with my diary or laptop to write and blog, except the bathrooms off course. When I sit on the bed, I stack up 2/3 of my son’s activity boxes and place the laptop over them to bring the screen to the eye level. I do have a favourite nook and this one is the left corner of the couch in the living room near the balcony door which when open allows cool breeze to sweep in and soothe my writer’s nerves.
Do I need a particular place to write? Not really. I’ve written some of my best poems on the bus on my way to work. At home I use my laptop in my lounge. Sitting isolated quietly would not inspire me to write at all. I like being around people and I do most of my writing as “free writing”. I believe that whatever we write should be written from the heart and should inspire others.
Whenever I think of writing, I always think comfort, peace, quiet and a cosy feeling. I’m sure you’ll agree that we all have our favourite nooks and corners from where we draw comfort, and which, in turn, inspire us to be productive and keep us organized? If writers didn’t have a place to foster creativity, so many of them might not be able to get their work out into the world. So what if we are not famous writers churning out masterpieces and bestsellers every now and then? Our work spaces are as important to our identities as our work is. It reflects who we are and what we believe in. In many ways, it is ‘us’.
My #writespace, is the most sacred part of my home, a quiet sanctuary where the magic of inspiration comes to me and writing happens! This happens to be in the room we call the study, which is also the quieter part of the household. This naturally filters out most noises and chatters, and ensures peace and quiet which is an absolute must for me when I sit down to work or write. I prefer to keep my desk in a way that it offers me a view of the outdoors for inspiration at all times. I love clean bright workspaces (a habit that goes a long way back to my childhood), and since I’m a stickler for cleanliness, I love to keep books and materials away from sight unless they are actually required at any time.
For the past two years, my constant companion who has helped me through thick and thin has been my PC – an HP Pavilion desktop with a touchscreen that has seen my good and bad days, umpteen writer’s blocks and countless frustrating moments. It has helped give shape to my posts and build my blog SoulTalk from scratch. A recent addition to this has been a MacBook, which I now use increasingly more, for my work assignments, primarily due to portability issues. For a diehard Mac fan, the convenience of working on one is of course unparalleled! This also works on days when I’m not well as I can use it on my bed with my back propped up with pillows, tapping away to the strains of a Chopin or a Beethoven in the background!
Close to me are my bookshelves and cupboards with all my favourite books within arm’s reach, in case I need to refer to them at any point of time. My writing space is a very special place for me. Most days, my inspiration strikes me first thing in the morning, after my quiet meditative moment. This is usually when I start putting thoughts down in my journal and make small notes that will form part of my post later in the day. The window view, the quiet and the cuppa are a must. Everything else is negotiable!
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