QUICK FIX: Room of one’s own
(Writers’ Forum May 2008)
Where do you write? Do you have a desk or even a writing room to yourself? It’s important to find the space to write, to have a haven at your disposal where the words can flow without interruption and where your muse will feel at home.
Everyone longs for a room of their own, but if you haven’t this luxury don’t despair. Your personal writing space can be created anywhere you wish using just a little imagination. In fact, creating a moveable writing space means you can write anywhere, any time, enhancing creativity and experiencing different surroundings as you write.
• Choose one or two objects which mean ‘personal writing space’ to you. They could be books, pens, a candle or even a special crystal. When these are present they will identify your writing space.
• Your writing space can be created on any desk or table. If possible make a permanent base, otherwise clear away everything else and create as necessary.
• Your personal writing space is completely moveable. In winter write by the fireside or in a cafe with a mug of hot chocolate. In summer, write on the bank of a river or by the crashing waves of the seashore.
• Identify the minimum requirements your writing space needs – it can be as little as a notepad and pen. The important point is to acknowledge this as your space for however long you are writing.
How many writing spaces do you have?