Creating Your Writing Space

Someone gave me a book once titled, The Writer’s Space, and it was one of those small gift books that I quite honestly skimmed through when I received it, and then set it aside not giving it a second thought. However, about a year later one of my (writer) friends was looking through my bookshelf and pulled it out.

“What’s this about?” He asked, thumbing through it. I gave the obvious response.

“It’s about creating your writing space,” I said.

“That’s cool,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to figure out a new one myself.”

That was the entirety of the conversation, and he put the book back in its place on the bookshelf, but later that evening, I pulled it off and decided to actually sit down and read it. Because it was an interesting idea.

How do you create a writing space that works for you?

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you’re choosing your writing space.

When do you like to write? In the morning or afternoon or evening? When do you have time to write? How much time are you willing to dedicate in one writing session? Too little and before you know it, your time is up and you haven’t given yourself a chance to create. Too much and you might begin to dread your writing time, and thus procrastinate or avoid writing.

Where do you like to write? Are you someone who likes to be alone? Do you need windows to the outside world or the feeling of coziness and a nurturing space? Do you like to be surrounded by other writers? Other people? Do you enjoy writing outside or inside? Are you more comfortable writing at your own place or in a public area? There are many options if you like to be surrounded by ambient (yet not distracting) activity. There are levels of ambient activity also. You could work at a library, in a coffee shop, or as part of a writers collective.

Are you more productive with or without background music on? Do you enjoy white noise or natural noise, or do you do your best work in silence? Do you need access to the internet while you write (I hope the answer is no) or can you completely unplug?

How do you write best? Do you use your laptop? Do you write on a tablet with a keyboard? Are you a legal pad and pen writer? Do you use a typewriter? Do you dictate into a digital recorder to capture it all later?

Once you answer these questions, you’ll be better able to understand how you write the best, and you’ll be ready to establish your writing space.

Here are a few places that have been known to work as writing spaces.

  • Your private office
  • A communal living space (such as a living room)
  • A coffee shop
  • A community center
  • A writers collective
  • A park
  • A quiet restaurant
  • A bar, usually during the daytime or early evening
  • A university
  • A library

What about you? Where’s your writing space? Do you have a favorite place to write that isn’t listed here? Share it in the comments section below!

Posted on: September 2, 2014, by : adoylewriter