I have recently discovered a wonderful podcast series, Write Now, hosted by author Sarah Werner. This morning I listened to her episode on creating a space for writing where she posed the question: what is your writing space like and how is it reflected in your writing?
I am fairly agile when it comes to the physical act of writing. I made a creative corner in my bedroom consisting of a bookcase filled with writing, reference, poetry, and spiritual books. I have my laptop, assorted art supplies and writing implements, and several dozen notebooks and pads of art paper. Typically, I write here only in the oh-so-early-butt-crack o’dawn and only on morning pages or personal journaling. For my other writing sessions, I pop around from place-to-place.
Sometimes I dictate onto a hand device while lounging on the living room sofa. Sometimes I write at a proper desk on a computer before I start working at the day job. Sometimes I hand write in coffee houses and libraries. I have tried writing outside in the park or at the beach but that, for reasons that I need to explore someday, is not an optimal experience.
How does that affect my writing? You only need to look at the posts on this blog to see: just as I jump from place-to-place when I write, so too do my blog posts leap from subject-to-subject. Even my writing style demonstrates some agility: I tend to write quick, short pieces in a simple, active voice — most suitable for blog-writing.
I wonder how my writing would change if I had a whole room dedicated to writing filled with my entire library and decorated with art pieces and other dinkerdoodles? Would it change?
Since that is not likely to happen anytime in the near future, I guess I better keep flexing my muscles to stay fit and mobile.
ljgloyd (c) 2018
To hear the podcast, go to Creating a Space for Writing