Welcome to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Blog.
I am honored to be here today to discuss one of the most important spaces in your home: your WRITING space. As many of you know, I have been an interior designer for over three decades and a writer for over eleven years. As creative people, we writers need a writing space that will calm, comfort, inspire, and motivate us to WRITE.
Since I started writing, I have created five very different writing spaces depending on my current living situation. Not everyone has a guest room, office, or spare room they could call their own, especially those with children or single people in limited space. Like many of you, I wrote my first novel on the kitchen table, which is not the most comfortable way to write. So today, I would like to suggest functional and creative alternatives.
A writing space needs to be personal
to YOU. Not only should it have the usual writing tablets, journal, printing
paper, pens, pencils, etc. Why not add family photos, plants, treasures from
your travels, or any item that means something to you. So, when you glance at
said item during a writing block, it will transport you to a happier place, and
may free up your stressed mind. After completing the first novel, I
decided to transform a large walk-in closet that had once been the hall into a master
bedroom suite. It was walled off from my space when the building went condo
decades before I bought my unit. I first started by taking off the door and
then added shelves. I was able to put three rows of shelving. It created a cozy
feeling while adding much- -needed storage space for all my books! After
slipping in meaningful and decorative items in-between the books, it turned
this closet into a visually appealing and very functional writing space. With
my laptop open, the printer under the desk, and a comfy chair, I was ready to
write my next novel, which I did. Now, of course, not everyone has a large
closet available, but in this situation, I still used this space to store all
my treasured books, journals, and art paper/supplies (placing them in decorative
boxes). ORGANIZING is key to creating any functional space.
Eventually, it was time for an
upgrade. Since I had an enormous living room, It was time to redesign the
Writing space number three was not your traditional writing space. Since this condo was only 625 sq. ft, I didn’t have room for an actual area, so I wrote my third novel on my living room sofa and terrace. The condo featured many Harry Potter signed prints which inspired me, but I
Luckily my next space had an extra bedroom which, of course, I turned into a writing retreat. Adding a daybed was essential for late evenings when I needed a good stretch out or chose to write using my laptop table…another MUST. I do most of my writing lying on the couch or in bed; it’s more comfortable for me as I get older and creakier. LOL. I found a lovely antique armoire that I turned into an amazing storage closet for all my art supplies, extra books, etc. Many can be bought at thrift stores or on Facebook Marketplace for under $200.00. Once these gems cost thousands, but now anyone can afford one.
Currently, I have many writing nooks which I genuinely enjoy, but my favorite is the one I created in my entry. The focal piece is a gorgeous antique drop-leaf writing desk with glass-enclosed cubbies for books. As the sun streams through my eastern windows, this space is perfect for my morning muse and coffee! I added a recessed bookshelf on the landing to showcase my classic leather books. An entry can be so much more than just a way in and out. Why not create a distinctive and unique writing nook in yours.
Time to review the FIVE must-haves:
1. Something treasured (art, photographs, sculptures, first edition books, your pet)
2. Something inspirational (the view from your window- Plant a tree..I did! Perhaps a flower box bursting with spring flowers, a bird feeder, or your published work proudly displayed…the possibilities are endless)
3. Books (add bookshelves for more!)
4. Writing essentials (computer, pens, paper, journal, etc.)
5. Something living besides yourself (lol) (Plants, flowers, a goldfish, a cat tree, or your pup’s bed- having living things around you breathes life into your writing).
I hope this article helps to create your dream writing space. Remember, no matter how small your area, you can create something functional, inspirational, and beautiful!
Have a wonderful day, everyone!