Monday, October 5, 2015

The Importance of a Writer's Space

the importance of a writer's space #write31days

My little 9x7 writing room has been an inspiring motivator and the best decision I've made in regards to honoring my heart with a space in which to spill it.

It's often hard to separate being a wife, a mother, and a writer. These four walls allow within them a space for me to claim my true nature; to create; to breathe beauty into words with nothing but my own imagination.

Artists have their studios; musicians have their garage; it only makes sense that a writer would carve our their own little plot and make claim on their vision.

This is not to speak against finding your voice at a dining room table in the midst of the rest of your families living. Actually, that's a lie. There's much to say against it. I understand that most people may not have an extra room, misused and begging to be converted into your creative cave BUT without a dedicated physical space in front of you, how can you find the dedicated mental/emotional space to bleed out your heart?

I spent years at my dining room table and while I was able to produce some writing that didn't completely suck, I found it close to impossible to shut out the life-chaos that surrounded me. Dining-room-table-writing is breeding ground for excuses. It's all there in front of you no matter how badly you want to focus on your work: dishes, sticky floors, laundry piles, stacks of bills...

If you can work in such conditions, I commend you - you are incredible and amazing and I envy your brilliance and you should come to one of my Writer's Jams and deliver a workshop titled Blinders for Glory or something equally exciting {to which I'll charge a $20 cover and put the funds towards professional editing}.

One year ago, I made the decision to claim the little room off our back entrance. It had a history that appealed to my sentimental soul having been my room as a child {we bought my childhood home from my parents four years ago}. In our early days within these walls, I had visions of creating a gorgeous guest room.

There were two problems with this:
  1. We rarely, if ever, had overnight guests.
  2. It would be a lot of work for little reward.

Last October, when I decided I would face the dragon that is NaNoWriMo, I knew I could never accomplish that at a dining room table where the stack of dirty dishes would taunt me from the kitchen as I struggled to reach my 1600+ words-a-day quota.

http://selfbindingretrospect.alannarusnak.com/search/label/writing%20roomI needed a space.

I needed to let go of the gorgeous guest room dream.

I needed a writing room.

It took nearly a month to pull it together - beginning with an IKEA dream board and ending with a mishmash version of pieces I found for {almost} free.

ikea writing room wish list


There has not been one second that I've regretted taking the time to honor my dreams by giving them a home of their own and I want to encourage you to do the same - perhaps that's not by taking over a whole room - perhaps it's only claiming a corner in a space free from most distractions where you can focus on what really matters to your soul.


Writer's Space Must-Haves

  • A window. Natural light is important to the creative process. {Unless you're a vampire; in which case, enjoy the dark and write something scary!}
  • A desk. Sure, maybe you're twenty-two and your body thinks it's okay to curl up on a couch for hours and type away at your computer but heed my wisdom: YOUR BODY WILL TURN ON YOU AND COUCH-WRITING WILL MAKE IT GROAN FOR DAYS!
  • A comfy chair. Because long sessions of sitting should be experienced in comfort.
  • Good lighting options. Natural + overhead + lamp light. Every mood/day requires something different. {Unless you're a vampire; in which case, enjoy the dark and write something scary!}

 

Writer's Space Nice-To-Haves

  • A door. You know why.
  • A single purpose. Because excuses are too easy when there are other things in front of you.
  • A music/white noise option. Because you need to drown out the outer chaos to be able to focus on your inner voice. {I adore Coffitivity and use it often if the children are playing in the next room}

 

Writer's Space Dream Addition

  • An endless supply of chocolate that heightens my senses but never ends up on my thighs.
  • A claw-foot bathtub in which to read my pages.
  • A British man named Giles who brings me tea and says, "Well done, love" as I finish up my work each day.

All in all, it's about honoring yourself. It's about accepting what's important and celebrating that with a space of your own.

I hope you find it. And if you don't, call me - I'll consider renting you mine while I'm out grocery shopping...


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11 comments :

  1. I'm finally setting up my writing space. It's a process, but I have a desk and a door and an electrical outlet that I can reach with only mild contortions. There is a chair for me and one for my fur baby. But the space is mine!

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy for you!! And yay for the small blessings of 'mild contortions' - way to look on the bright side!!!! ;) Enjoy your space - may it inspire many many words!

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  2. I envy you your space that is yours alone! And I am so happy for you that you have it so I can read and enjoy what you create :)

    PS I find it hard to believe you have noise to block out.

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    1. Ha! They seem to be on best behavior during our Writer's Jam - that is not 'real life' in the Rusnak house ;)

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  3. I love this post and your whole blog! (Found you through write 31 days.)

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you're here and hope you'll stick around ;)

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  4. I have been slowing down when I pass one door off the hallway! I peek in. I think of things that could be changed. I see my things in there. The Man in Charge is going out of town on business for four days! I think I may pull some late nights, and make this happen! I want my own office! I want my own space! (Only bad thing...this is the room with the headboard painted on the wall! It will have to go!)

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    1. Oooooo...I hope you do it! And share it! And love it!

      I wonder if there's a creative way to incorporate your painted headboard into the design without being weird...? To lose all that hard work would be a shame BUT I suppose there's something to be said for starting fresh too...

      Can't wait to hear/see what you do :)

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  5. My mother-in-law will flip if I paint over that headboard. She loves that room and has all but forbid me to change it.

    I can't think of a single way to keep it.

    Not like she visits much anymore.

    Change is good, right?

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