“I needed a change of scenery in order to continue writing my third novel. A big move … from one side of the family room to the other.” —Amy Sue Nathan (Writers Digest July/August 2015)
We writers pen our works from such places as a corner in the family room, a coffee shop, a library, or an office. But might we write better if we employ separate spaces for different writing tasks. We may have spots that work well for writing and others better for brainstorming.
I use five spaces for my writing undertakings.
Preferring silence when I work, I’m fortunate to have an office in our home that I designed for writing.
- It’s open and light, giving a sense of freedom. Windows run the length of one side and face the mountains.
- It’s home to past and present authors. Bookcases frame two sides and hold favorite novels, writing craft books, biographies, and Bible study works.
- It’s cozy and inviting. A gas fireplace keeps me warm in winter and a ceiling fan cools me in summer.
- It’s inspiring. My creative mother’s paintings grace the walls and encourage me.
- It’s functional. A desk, a table, and a reclining chair provide three workstations.
Is an office necessary? No. (I once enjoyed writing from my bed.) But you can locate or create spaces that arouse your senses and put you in a writing mood for various tasks.
Zoe’s 5 Best Writing Spaces
- Office desk. No worry about the distracting view I face. I usually work here before dawn. Logos is installed on my desktop Mac.
Here, I study the Bible, pray, and write Bible lessons I use for teaching and speaking.
This spiritual space focuses my writing on God’s Word.
- Office reclining chair. It’s in a corner away from the windows near the fireplace. The light from a single lampstand gives me a sense of being in a smaller, less formal space.
Here, I abandon my computers. I seek God on writing problems, peruse writing craft resources and well-written novels, and brainstorm. I jot the gems I receive in a notebook.
This relaxing space encourages my brain to learn and brainstorm.
- Office Table. It’s mid room, facing the view. It’s loaded for writing: printer, MacBook Air, craft reference books, and a folder of printed-off writing helps.
Here, I sit in a basic straight-backed chair and get down to business. My notebook of jotted tasks, ideas, and reminders accompanies me. I work on blogs, stories, marketing plans, and sales tax reports.
This business space keeps me on task. The view offers quick breaks.
- Car. Living in the mountains, I drive about 30 minutes on rural roads to appointments and shopping.
Here, I turn the radio off and use my half hour to work on story problems with God.
- Bed. Darkness, the soft tick of a clock, and John next to me calms my senses. God whispers a better phrase or word to use in a paragraph, a better plot point, or items I need to delete from a blog or story.
Here, I relax and allow my Co-author to slip ideas and corrections into my thoughts.
For better writing, use various spaces for different writing tasks. Click to tweet.
How do you use assorted spaces in your writing experience?