My week has been a whirlwind of emotions, far too numerous to describe without boring you all in the first sentence. It began like any other week, until I realized that my beloved Bengal is paws deep in liver problems. I will spare anyone the TMI details, but I’m one worried cat momma.
So, here I am, filling my days with tear-laden phone calls and binge-eating caramel popcorn, and there is no better time to write a blog post. One of the most difficult accomplishments of any unpublished and published writer is finding the right work space. At the local library, at Starbucks, in a locked office, or at your lunch break—any place is a good place to write.
What makes it the right place is what I hope to show you on my journey to the perfect novel. Before I reveal this newly-minted work space, I want to express how important the work space can be to your writing. Over the past two years, I have found that the best place to write is at work, where I have a limited amount of time on breaks and fewer distractions. And that is not a permanent fix for a career.
I needed a desk. I needed to completely devote a space to my writing and fast! There has been so much time wasted by my lack of direction, and my deadline is coming up fast. Officially, I have seven months until my final semester. Unofficially,I have one month if I plan to let Alpha readers and a copy writer to tear my novel apart.
I REALLY needed a desk. And the writing gods did provide. When my brother moved out from the spring college semester, I inherited my grandfather’s oak desk.
While I’m sharing, I thought I’d make a handy guide to what can make or break a work space for anyone who might be setting up their space for the first time or want to refocus it.
1. The ambiance of a workspace provides the most difficulty simply due to each person having scores of distractions and other responsibilities that can alter the atmosphere. Whether it be kids, the internet, or in my case a ailing kitty, they can affect the productiveness of our workspace. It does change based on the individual because while some prefer quiet to concentrate, other may need music or other sounds to get inspiration.
Personally, I like as much quiet as I can get. I can work with music, but it can’t be YouTube or Pandora because I get too involved in picking the right music. As obvious as this sounds, it helps me to have as little Internet time as possible. The more time I spend away from the Scrivner, the less concentrated I am. I’m lucky to have a boyfriend who understands my lack of willpower and threatens to shut off the wifi in order to motivate me.
2. The physical space where you plan to pen or type or brainstorm your new story is just as important as the atmosphere around you. Sure, there are a lucky few that can get their hands on a solid piece of cherry or oak that has been carved with precision into an example of perfect carpentry. For the rest of us, a sturdy desk with enough storage area is enough.
3. The tech (or lack of tech) can make or break a workspace. For example: George R.R. Martin uses WordStar 4.0 on MS-DOS; Virginia Woolf and Lewis Carroll both loved purple ink pens (as well as standing desks); Alexandre Dumas used different colors of paper for different pieces (poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Even something as simple as the paper we write on can shape our stories in a particular way. I keep it simple. Laptop, moderately-sized hard drive with a back-up, the option to turn the Internet off, and the most up-to-date version of Scrivner. There is nothing else I need. Well, maybe a thesaurus. The thesaurus is a must have for a writer of so little vocabulary like myself.
So, now that I have the optimum space to create my novel there are no excuses for meeting my writing goals. I leave you with this advice—make a space that is all yours. Get away from the worries and cares of your life, and lose yourself in your fictional or non-fiction world.
Oh, and this super awesome kitty compilation I made! Check it out and Happy reading/writing!