Create a Space for Writing

Create a Space for Writing

One of the most important aspects of sinking into your writing is having a good place to do so. Those who are already in the habit of writing everyday probably need this less than those who are not in the habit. But there is no need to worry nor is there anything to feel bad about. Just find a good space that allows you to feel creative as one of your first big steps to writing.


1.     Try a cafe / coffee house: Yes, this is a cliché, but I love it! Every single time I sit in a place with the background noise of coffee grinding and brewing and a barista's iPod on an Indie shuffle put me in the best mood. Oh, very much yes. Being able to sit with a bunch of strangers experiencing the same moments and being able to eavesdrop on conversations and people watch (every writer I know loves this more than real life) is writer nirvana. No place is more perfect than a cafe. Scope out your local coffee houses. My favorite place near my home is Riverside Coffee in Clinton, NJ. There's a new place called Factory Fuel in Flemington, NJ that looks beyond amazing. When I want to go on a pretty drive, I go to Lambertville to Rojo's. I can write for hours in these places. So many fantastic ideas come quickly and naturally. There are times I wish I lived next door to or above a coffee house (in my next home, I will make sure I do!). If you live in or near NYC, you have a plethora of places. My favorite is Think on LaGuardia near NYU. There is always Starbucks. It's a good go to when there isn't a good local place.


2.     Sit outside: I know it's getting colder in some areas, but if you can sit outside for at least 10-20 minutes comfortably, then by all means write while you do. You will convene with nature and quiet your mind enough to find the flow and inspiration to write. I love sitting by a river. The sound of water flowing is beyond relaxing. I love sitting in my yard and staring at the trees and sun, and then I'm able to write. When I'm writing in nature, I also feel really happy. It's a marriage of complete joy.


3.     Carve out a space in your home: If you're able to, decorate an extra bedroom the way you see fit and the way that inspires you. If you don't have the extra space, find a corner or a table and begin to make a place you want to be, a place where you feel at total ease and peace. My bed is actually my favorite place, especially in the colder months. I can be under a blanket with my journal, computer, tablet, phone and music just sprawled out all around me. I am relaxed and cozy when like this and am able to write from an inspired place. The only pitfall I've encountered is on rainy days. I just fall asleep, which is not at all bad thing. Getting enough rest fosters creativity as well.

The most important aspect of finding the best space is to be at ease. It really doesn't matter where you write as long as it feels amazing to you.

Happy writing!