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Close your eyes for one second, and imagine your ideal writing space. When I imagine mine, I am somewhere where the sun is shining, noises from nature are around me, and my desk is clear. When I am in my ideal writing space, the words are flowing and I am a brilliant writer.
Unfortunately for me, and likely you too, your ideal writing space is not possible. My graduate student stipend did not allow for a lakeside writing retreat. The chaos of my desk in lab was anything but clear. My house was less than 800 square feet which did not allow for a separate office space that I could make into my own private retreat. To create my writing space, I had to work with what I had.
How I Created My Ideal Writing Space
There were components of my ideal writing space that I could feasibly incorporate – natural light, clear and simple desk, and relaxing noises around me. With the space constraints in my house, I bought a collapsible desk. It is simple, white, and can be folded down to only occupy a small space when not in use. This also allowed it to remain clear when I was not actively writing.
The best place for natural light in my house was in the kitchen in front of the back door. When it became time to write, I would wheel my desk from its corner in the kitchen to in front of the door where there was plenty of light. If it was warm out I would open the other window in the kitchen and let the breeze and sun in too.
I wanted to feel like I was in nature so I would put fresh cut flowers from the farmers market or a potted plant on my desk. If I put my headphones in and played some ocean sounds or even classic music, I felt like I was in my ideal writing space.
For me, it was very important that I created a place for me to work inside my home. Although I can write in coffee shops, libraries, or study spaces on campus, I really needed to be able to get work done at home. Not having to pack up all my things, and risk forgetting something was a relief. I also could write for however long I needed at home. I was not concerned about hours the location was open or who was going to be around and possibly distracting.
What is your ideal writing space? Does your writing space at home or in lab reflect this? Is there small changes you could make to reflect your ideal writing space?