Most of the advice posts that I write here at the blog tend to be about the actual act of writing. But today I’d like to focus on something a bit more superficial — your writing space. In the past I’ve written about where you do your writing, i.e. in your room, on the go, or somewhere else. But this post is going to focus on the space in which you write at home. Whether it’s your room, a personalized office, or just the corner of a living room, it’s important to personalize that space in some way and make it comfortable and conducive to creation.
The Writer Unboxed blog did a post about “tricking out” your writing space last month and offered up five tips for doing this. They suggest having a vision for what you want your space to look like, being creative with decorating and formulating your space, and even finding a loud keyboard to emphasize just how much you’re working (I hope they’re joking just a little bit with that one, although I do like to type quite loudly and enthusiastically). My favorite tip that they offer, though, is the one about the treadmill desk. There are more and more studies coming out these days about how sitting for long periods of time makes you unhealthy. Treadmill desks are a great way to combat this extended sitting and they’re so popular lately that there are plenty of DIY tutorials online.
My biggest piece of advice in this area would be this: get a good chair. If you decide not to go with the treadmill desk option, then you’ll want to be comfortable while you’re sitting and working. For years, I had a very uncomfortable wooden chair in my writing space and it was positively miserable. Just recently I finally upgraded to a simple chair from Ikea and it’s made a world of a difference. Not only am I more comfortable when sitting at my desk, it has made my writing area feel more professional and serious.
Though it is sort of superficial and silly, a writing space can be important for your productivity. Do yourself a favor and cultivate creative surroundings so that you can do your best when writing.
— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan