I don’t really have a set writing area, since I work primarily on my laptop when I write. The ability to be mobile with my computer is extremely important to me. When I get stuck in my writing, I tend to need to move around a little, new scenery, new location, you get the point. However, I do have an area my house that is set up specifically for my writing, should I choose to write there.
There are a few things you should consider when setting up your writing area. Privacy, inspiration, comfort and distraction free, are just a few of the things you should consider. There are also a few tools that would be helpful to have nearby so you don’t have to get up multiple times during a writing session.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- paper and writing utensils – even if you use a computer to do most of your writing, having a notebook nearby is pretty beneficial for taking notes, jotting down ideas, recording thoughts and outlining.
- A comfortable chair and table – comfort is the number one consideration in selecting a chair and/or table. Typically writers spent long periods of time sitting at a computer screen or notebook, this is the number one reason why comfort should be a priority. Also make sure that the table or desk you are using is the correct height.
- Good lighting – good lighting is essential for many reasons, it can set the mood that it’s writing time, eyestrain is a concern… Face it good lighting is important.
- Dictionary, thesaurus and even encyclopedias – obviously having these things nearby is beneficial when struggling with spelling, details, or looking for another word in place of one you’re using too often.
- a bookshelf – while not necessarily mandatory, a bookshelf can be helpful in keeping your area cleaned up. It can house your dictionary, thesaurus, grammar guides and other writing related books.
- a bulletin board, dry erase board or Post-it notes – the bulletin board can house pictures of inspirational items, the dry erase board or Post-it notes are helpful when outlining or making notes. Don’t forget to post inspirational messages and quotes on your bulletin board.
While there are dozens of other things that you can keep close at hand, these are the things that most writers find helpful to have nearby. Can you think of other things that you might like having close by?