Essentials of a Good Writing Space
Writers spend hours at a stretch at their writing tables, dishing out words that have the power to empower, motivate, inspire and educate.
The work of a writer requires concentration, creativity, inspiration, and skills to put ideas, thoughts, and opinions into words.
Of course, productivity at work is mainly affected by the frame of mind the writer is in while writing, and this makes it imperative to have a good writing space.
For those of you who spend a large part of your day at your desk, writing, it is important to pay special attention to optimizing and organizing your workspace, irrespective of whether you work out of an office or from your very own small office, home office (SOHO).
What Makes a Good Writing Space?
Do not underestimate the value of a well lit, well organized and pleasant writing area as your surroundings can greatly enhance your mood, creativity, and motivation, thereby improving the quality of your writing!
Here are some essentials to help make your writing space a writer’s haven
Comfortable, Ergonomic Furniture
Because you’re going to be spending a large part of your day working at your desk, you must invest in ergonomic furniture.
Choose ergonomically-designed furniture pieces such as writing desk, chair or computer table to maintain a correct posture, reduce chances of suffering from repetitive strain (stress) injuries and get that much-needed back support.
Every piece of furniture in your workspace should be well constructed so that it enhances your productivity at work and does not, in any way interfere with your ability to concentrate and get work done.
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 and consider this – “Do these items need to stay at my table? Are these items contributing in any way to my productivity at work?”
If your answer to these questions is NO, remove them from the table.
If you want to focus well at work and give your best to your writing, do make sure that your writing desk is spacious, tidy, well organized and free from any form of clutter.
Often, the clutter around us can keep us from concentrating, thus, creating 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!
Brightly Lit, Pleasant and Well 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 good 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 colors into your writing space as it can enhance your mood and improve its look and feel. Paint the walls of your space in your favourite color. Soothing colors are a great 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 & Personalised Space
Whether you are a fiction writer, a business writer, a travel writer, a content writer or a creative writer, there is always a need for inspiration and motivation. 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.
Lastly, it is recommended 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 favorite spot to hang out and achieve more.