ESSENTIALS OF A GOOD WRITING SPACE
As a freelance writer, you spend a large part of your day writing words that inspire, empower, inform, or engage. And to make this process easier, you need a good writing space where you can write to your heart’s content.
Even though work from home writers enjoy the flexibility to write from anywhere; the coffee shop, a couch or even the kitchen garden, a dedicated writing space serves many purposes.
For one, it gives you a place to settle in and get into the work mode. What’s more, a perfect writing nook is your haven; a space that’s yours to personalise and make your own.
It’s where you get your best work done. And feel inspired and motivated to write!
Of course, a writer’s productivity at work is affected by their frame of mind. So, it’s imperative to create a space for yourself that supports your writing; and that is a good writing space!
WHAT MAKES A GOOD WRITING SPACE?
For those of you who spend a large part of your day at your desk, it is recommended to optimize and organize your workspace. Remember, a little planning goes a long way.
And this is true irrespective of whether you work out of an office or from your small office, home office (SOHO).
Do not underestimate the benefits of a well-lit, well-organized and pleasant writing space. Remember, your surroundings can enhance your mood, creativity, and motivation levels. It can also give you the impetus to improve the quality of your work.
For your convenience, we have put together a handy guide on how to turn your writing space into a writer’s haven.
So, let’s quickly dive in.
COMFORTABLE, ERGONOMIC FURNITURE
Because you’re going to spend several hours working at your desk, the first thing is to invest in ergonomic furniture.
Depending on the space you have, choose good-quality furniture pieces that will fit in the space. To start with, you will need a writing desk, chair or computer table.
Ergonomically designed furniture will give you good back support and help you maintain a correct posture, reducing chances of strain and injuries.
Every piece of furniture in your workspace should be well constructed so it enhances your productivity at work and does not, in any way interfere with your ability to concentrate and complete your goals.
Additionally, your work chair should be of just the right height so that it allows you to sit comfortably and work attentively without getting tired.
Look at the objects on your desk. Think about whether or not all the items need to stay at your table? Are the items contributing to your productivity or creating clutter?
If your answer to these questions is NO, remove them from the table.
To focus well on work and give your best to your writing, make sure your writing desk is spacious, tidy, well organized, and clutter-free.
Often, the clutter around us keeps us from concentrating and add to the clutter within.
Start by removing items that are not immediately required. Put away those piles of papers and documents and store them in well-labeled folders.
GO AHEAD. REMOVE THAT CLUTTER!
WELL LIT AND VENTILATED
Your writing space should preferably have a mix of natural as well as artificial lighting.
A window works wonders as it allows both natural light as well as sunlight to seep in as well as keeps your space well ventilated and airy.
Bear in mind that your writing table is kept in such a space which is neither too cold nor too hot.
In addition, you must invest in excellent quality lamps and adjustable lights that light up your workspace and make your surroundings well-lit and bright.
A pleasant workspace and writing desk can get your creative juices flowing in no time. Here are some ideas –
– Introduce colours into your writing space as it can enhance your mood, improve its look, and feel. Paint the walls of your space in your favourite color. Soothing colors are an excellent choice.
– Invest in beautiful paintings or inspirational posters that keep you motivated and happy.
– Bring nature into your writing area by placing potted plants and fresh flowers at your desk.
– Use happy, colorful and attractive mouse pads.
PRIVACY AND PERSONALISED SPACE
Hence, your writing space should be personalized with photographs, posters, wall hangings, paintings – anything that you like and draw motivation from.
Privacy is a primary concern for writers who work from home.
Despite working from your SOHO, you can make your writing space private and free from disturbances by investing in good quality blinds for the windows and doors.
Your writing desk should be well-equipped with all items of frequent use. A bookshelf placed close-by can hold your books and dictionary as well as folders containing your essential documents and paperwork.
As you work on creating a good writing space, remember to enjoy what you do and where you do it.
Of course, with just a little bit of effort on your part, you can go a long way in making your writing desk your favourite spot to hang out and achieve more.
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