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Tips for creating a writing space at home

Story added 18th Dec 2017

Tips from the City Lit writing team on creating the perfect writing environment.


One of the hardest parts of writing is simply finding the time, space and wherewithal to sit down and start committing word to print. In a world that seems increasingly full of distractions and temptation from the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp and Netflix, many writers find it increasingly hard to block out time to start fleshing out a story.

That’s why creating a comfortable writing space is so important to ensure you can focus the mind and let your imagination run wild.

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Here are 5 top tips from City Lit’s writing team for creating a space to write in…

Set up an area where you feel comfortable - but not too comfortable

If you’re finally going to commit to writing your masterpiece, you might as well work towards making your writing environment as comfortable as possible. Choose your desk, chair and writing environment carefully. Even if space is at a premium, there are subtle changes you can make to improve your writing experience, from keeping the immediate surrounding area clear of clutter to making sure your seat is at a comfortable angle for writing. However, don’t go too far the other way – if you make it too cosy, you may find it hard to concentrate on the task at hand…

Write near a window, or an area with plenty of natural light

If space permits, try and set up your writing space in a room that benefits from plenty of natural light. This will help enhance your mood and also energise you when, inevitably, you start to flag creatively during a long writing session.  Writing in a room with a view can also help trigger new ideas as you watch the world go by. From birds darting around the garden to interesting characters walking down the street, you’ll be amazed at how some of the most creative ideas can come from a fleeting glance out the window…

Add plants for inspiration

Adding a plant or two around your writing desk could help guide you through the tricky spells that every writer goes through, particularly if you’re struck down with a crippling case of writer’s block. It’s well known that plants can help clear the mind, make you feel at ease, and also clear the air in the room.  Jasmine, lavender, rosemary and aloe vera plants are just a few examples of plants known to help relieve stress and refresh the soul. ..

Keep your desk area well stocked with everything you need

Before you even think about writing, make sure you have all the right tools in place to help you free your mind and focus on the writing process. Try not to clutter your desk, but do make sure all the essentials are in place before you start your writing session – laptop, paper, pens, post-it notes, water bottle,  mug – as you don’t want to be constantly moving around as you write...

And finally… cut out all distractions

Technology can be a blessing and a curse for the modern day writer. Yes, it makes the research process far easier to complete without necessarily having to leave the home. However, even if you start with the best of intentions, temptation can only be a click or swipe away. Try and turn your smartphone off, keep away from social media, and if needs must, disable your Wi-Fi  - you’ll be amazed at how much more you get done.

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