Right now, I do not have an office or corner in our little apartment for an official writing space. Instead, I write on my couch, at the kitchen table, in my bed, and sometimes at Starbucks, Kneaders, or the library. And you know what, that’s okay! When I started asking around, I discovered that plenty of people write without an official space to call their own. Even some famous writers had nothing more than a small round table to scribble their thoughts at (I’m looking at you, Jane Austen.) We write while our families do their own noisy things around us, and we produce beautiful work done nonetheless. I write in the noise, and in the mess, and without my favorite candle burning next to me. In a way, I think it’s been a useful learning opportunity for me. Writing up to this point has been a question of “how can I make this work despite all the awkward inconveniences in my way?” And I have fun thinking of new solutions!
So we’re here to talk about it all: how to decide if a dedicated writing space is necessary for you, what makes a good writing space and how to work with the space you have!
Can you afford to design your own writing space? Maybe you are making some money off your writing, but you’re not sure if you should spend it on that desk and chair you’ve been hoping for. Maybe you’re wondering if the money could be better spent on advertising or marketing? These are the kinds of good problems we get to solve as writers. Let’s go over the pros and cons of having a dedicated writing space when possible.
Why have a dedicated writing space?
Why a dedicated writing space may not be for you
So you’ve weighed your options, and you’ve decided that a writing space is absolutely what you want. How do you make it perfect?
How to make what you already have the best writing space it can be:
Maybe you’ve decided a full space isn’t something you need right now. That doesn’t mean you have to give up all the benefits of having that space. You can find loads of articles online about how getting your own writing space will make your writing better. But you and I know the truth--nothing about space puts words on paper. That can only come from you. When a dedicated writing space isn’t in the cards for us, we can work with what we’ve got.
No matter where you write, remember that what makes you a writer is that you are actually writing. Sit down wherever you can and pump out that manuscript. Or muse over it lovingly. Or pull your hair out. As long as you write. Post a picture of your writing space, however plain or fancy, and tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by using #writingthroughbrambles. We can ooh and ahh over your space and maybe even get some ideas from you.
We're all writers, we're all moms, writing our way through the "brambles" of life and our stories.