Another excuse I've made for myself with writing is not having the right space to work in. If we can be real for a minute, the last few years of my life has been difficult. I never had a space that felt safe or time alone, so now that I'm on my own, I’ve been puttering around my house designating every space as SOME sort of work space. Oh, YOU’RE my PAINTING desk! YES! HI PAINTING DESK *hugs painting desk*And you! You’re my writing space! And… and YOU! YOU TOO! ALL OF THE WRITING SPACES!
Part of stopping the excuse-making was to give myself a variety of places to call writing spaces. I have three dedicated spaces, not including you know, the couch. The more spaces, the more opportunity to write, right?
I've always drooled over those book-covered, tea-taking writing nook photos, but I grew to realize over time, as long as you can fall into a routine and you’re feeling good (or determined!) you can write anything anywhere.
Writing anywhere also means in various conditions and at various places. Like crowded noisy places. Or places where it feel like you shouldn’t actually be able to get writing done. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I go to Denny’s and write with my friend before work. Another friend and I take writing lunches where we write and edit on our work lunch.
All I need now is a writing dinner friend, right?
I’ve also learned, it’s not all about the writing space—it’s what’s inside the space that counts.
I guess the bottom line is, try a bunch of things and get yourself in the habit of writing anywhere. There may not be a chance to write from that dark writing nook converted closet, so just make sure you’re ready anywhere you go. Bring things to make every space a writing space. A book, notebook, laptop, pens, tea, cats--anything else you need.
What sort of writing rituals do you have? Do you have a writing space? Let me know in the comments! For more writing space photos and random cat faces, follow me on instagram!