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Do you know what you need from your environment in order to write?
If not, it is time to find out.
Our physical surroundings are immensely important to our writing process. Far more important than most people think.
We cannot work if we are distracted, annoyed, or constantly interrupted. We need to feel inspired and comfortable in our surroundings in order to be creative.
If your home office is cluttered with papers, laundry, and stacks of research materials, it is not the right place to write.
The mess might distract you and make you miserable, because it sends a signal about the kind of work environment you think you deserve.
It is just as bad if your office is empty. Writers work best in a creative atmosphere. If inspiration disappears when you sit down to write you must reassess your surroundings. Sometimes removing the clutter and reorganization of your work area will do the trick. Other times, you need a more drastic approach.
Create a Place to Thrive.
I need privacy to work on big projects like a novel. My Pandora app on my iPhone and my BOSE speaker create the perfect blend of music that centers me in my storyline. New Orleans Jazz now, but it was country and western when I was writing my rodeo romance. As a rule, I type or dictate to my computer while writing, but I keep a pen and composition book close by to make notes.
Ditch the Distractions. Television blasting, cell phone â€˜pingsâ€™, Facebook alert messages, the must â€˜do listâ€™ at the corner of your desk, all must be out of sight. I must have all other work in progress or notes on future projects in my filing cabinet. If I have my notes visible, I am excessively tempted to work on this project too.
Make Your Writing Workspace Beautiful.
Sit on a quality chair, fresh flowers (or display your roses from OCC), candles, a window, favorite mug, favorite pen. Any item that makes you spend more time in your writing space. What makes you happy?
Of course, a tailor-built writing space, or even a room dedicated as your office, is not always possible. Be creative. Find your personal writing space.
Remember the quickest way to writing success is sitting down and making it happen.