Create Your Writing Space
While some new writers have great offices, a designated room designed especially to help them produce wonderful books, the truth is that there are probably more writers who started out on a dining room table or a tiny desk tucked into a corner of an extra bedroom. The many how-I-began stories, from some of the more successful writers, prove that the desire to write is more important than where you write. This said, there are things you can do to make your space, be it a room of its own, or a stolen corner in another room, more writing friendly.
Nothing can hinder your creative process more than a backache or a neck ache. Making sure your keyboard and screen are positioned correctly for your needs will help you be productive.
One of the most important pieces of office equipment is the chair. If the chair isn't a good fit, you will likely be constantly getting up and down — losing focus and losing time. Look for a chair that adjusts to your unique body, and that readjusts to accommodate the changes in the way you sit, type, or roll around your desk.
Many writers have completed bestselling novels while dealing with a houseful of toddlers that required constant attention. However, most writers have learned the importance of limiting distractions when possible. If you have teenagers who play loud music, attempt to set up your writing area on the opposite end of the home. If the sight of other family members coming in and out of the front door distracts you, choose a room away from the front-door entrance.
Most writers consider their writing time precious, but some unorganized souls spend more time looking for needed tools, from books to printer cartridges, than they do writing. Keeping all your tools within reach and organized will save you from spending time being a gofer and allow you to spend more time being a writer.