Development of a Writing Space . . .
by Mandy Eve-Barnett
We see articles and blog posts in regard to ‘writing spaces’ and it can either spur us on to create our own or make us feel we are lacking. Should a writer have a dedicated space to write in? Does it ensure the creative Muse visits us and offers inspiration?
As a writer I find anywhere can be a ‘writing space’ – a coffee shop, a bench in a park, sitting on a deck chair on the beach or jotting down notes while riding in a car. Obviously, your local library is a perfect writing retreat or if you are lucky a real writer’s retreat away from home! However, whatever space you have you can adapt it. It may be a small desk or table in the spare bedroom or hidden in the basement or even a she-shed (marvellous things!) wherever you can set up and leave your writing paraphernalia without risk of it being interfered with.
For instance, my first writing space was the dining room table – obviously, not a perfect scenario as I would have to clear all my writing paraphernalia away but it was a start. I would type for hours on my old laptop sitting on the sofa, at the dining table, perched on a bench while children practiced sports, at the local library – in fact anywhere I was allowed to write.
With a reorganization of the dining table end of the living room, I purchased a real writing desk and felt like a ‘writer’. Coupled with my laptop were an extra screen and a new desk organizer.
Since then I have extended my writing space several times to include more shelving, a new laptop, and an ever-evolving inspiration wall. The wheeled suitcases are packed with books, promotional items, display stands and table coverings for events. Ready at a moment’s notice!
Next on my wish list: a study of my own so I can shut myself away from the banal television shows and the constant noise! One way or the other I will succeed.
How has your writing space developed?
Mandy Eve-Barnett is an avid supporter of authors, the author community, and independent bookstores. She is president of the Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County (ACCSC) and secretary of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona Country (WFSC).
Mandy blogs about Upcoming Writing Events on Mondays and invites readers to add theirs. On Wednesdays, readers can partake in Writing Hub–Books, Writing Tips, and More. At the end of the week, Mandy posts humourous cartoons, riddles, and jokes in Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers. (for example, this post with a writer’s clock and book puns.)
Mandy lives in Canada, but is originally from England and was born in Africa. Her diverse background, travels, and experiences provide a rich foundation for her writing. She has written a number of books for adults and children. You can read Mandy’s full bio here.