Redesign of a Writing Space

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Shortly after my last post, I decided to work on my writing space that really is just a storage space. I completely reorganized the desk, and organized all my edited manuscripts- the printed ones, at least, and built a mini wall to block off the rest of the area. Really mini. The organizer on the left? Yeah, that’s my Great Wall of Blocking. We do have two old doors in our garage. I may just clean them off, hinge them together, and use them to really block off the space. I’ve actually sat down there a couple times, too, and did a bit of work! I still prefer a comfy chair, so having a larger part of a bigger room would be awesome, but not feasible right now. How long before the kids move out????

What do you think? Do you have a designated creative area?

Spaces

Spaces serve many functions. I’ve used twelve by the end of this sentence! And that’s not counting the one I’m sitting in, or the space in my brain where the neurons are firing across the synapse (or something like that).

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My summer writing space (when it’s not 99).

My summer writing space (when it’s not 99).

For the purpose of this post, I’m talking about writing spaces. I have a somewhat dedicated writing space, but I can’t seem to make it functional. It’s in our basement, with one small, tiny window that stays covered because on the outside, it’s where our garbage cans fit- plus, no light gets through anyway. It’s also the teenagers’ space, and their friends. The only space we have a TV, and our Xbox. So it’s not always quiet. My desk also houses our printer. And takes up some of the space. Maybe it’s me, maybe I don’t want to sit at a desk and write on my iPad. Maybe that’s why I avoid my typewriter for some poetry. Maybe it’s because, when it’s warm, my writing space it outside.

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This is my writing space, for now. And I need to make it better than it is. The basement is multi functional., as I said. The old kids’ space is directly to my left (like the card catalogue?). Lots of shelves for books, Lego figures and ships we still have, and some Star Wars stuff from my childhood, and my son’s as well. Some steins, figures, and lots of photos. Maybe I just need to sit down there and think about what I want that space to be, and make it so. I have a carpet over the cement floor, a nice chair, and really do have plenty of space, shelving, and organizational objects to help. I just need to make it mine.

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BUT, it you have any thoughts and ideas, please throw them my way in the comments below!

The Write Spot

                 Bandit as he chirps at me

                 Bandit as he chirps at me

I’m sitting in a red, high backed chair, trying to write in my Brain Toilet, as my cat claws at the wall, puts his paws on the chair, meows, lays on his back, and cries.  All directed at me.  Why?

I’M IN HIS SPOT!

Now, this chair was NOT purchased ($20 on FB Marketplace!) for him.  It was purchased for me, for a quiet place to sit and read or write while my wife works on her Doctorate (she’s not in yet, but any program that would reject her is idiotic). 

That got me thinking...

Do you have ‘your’ writing spot?

So, that’s MY chair on the right, and Jane’s on the left... 

So, that’s MY chair on the right, and Jane’s on the left... 

Do you need a spot?

I used to think I did.  I have a desk set up perfectly- old lap top, typewriter, writing utensils, journals, sticky notes-anything you can think of!

But, what do I do? I sit in a recliner and write, I head to coffee shops, sometimes I’ll write in bed, or even in my classroom - if an idea pops up I’ll jot down some quick notes. Now, I have this red chair (aka Bandit’s Chair). Pretty much ANYWHERE other than my desk...in the basement...with the XBox, and the pool table (aka teen dungeon).  So, it’s not always quiet, and it’s somewhat dank (teen fumes).  It’s really not an inspiring place. It is a nice place to have as a home base for all my writing stuff, and a lot of books...okay, and lego figures. I love lego figures. Oh, my old Milenium Falcon, with a few old Star Wars figures, too! And a partially finished dragon puzzle. Yeah, not an ideal place to plop down and write, but a great place to keep things organized (even though it may not sound like it).

My writing spot is wherever I am. Especially with my iPad- that’s my main writing utensil. I used to be a journal hog, and I still do love using journals, but not as much as I used to.  I can write as fast, and even neater, by typing.  Especially with autocorrect.

Do you have a spot?

Let us know in the comments!