Writing Prompt: The Writing Spaces Project

Writing Spaces Project on Instagram shows “the spaces where writers research, nap, procrastinate, and, eventually, write.” I loved the idea so much that I decided to create my own prompt for this Writing Prompt Wednesday: Tell everyone about your writing space.

My primary writing space is in my home office, where I also work every day. I have two desks: one for work, and one for everything else. “Everything else” includes gaming, paying bills, watching online shows, surfing the internet, and, of course, writing for myself.

I feel like my personal desk is a decent representation of how I feel being a creative writer in the internet age: I adore my computer and everything it allows me to do, but there are still significant chunks of me that like to hold on to the older methods of writing: my Royal typewriter, a Christmas gift from my now-fiance, sits in place-of-pride right next to the computer I use every day. My computer keyboard is mechanical, and the keys give off that loud “clack clack” noise that I love in typewriters. I have a container of pens, whiteboard markers, and highlighters at hand for my many notepad scribbles. My Kindle sits with my latest favorite cover, hot air balloons (because it’s bright and cheerful and I love hot air balloons), and my desk’s backdrop is two of the four bookcases that line an entire wall of my office.

I am never quite satisfied with the way my office is set up, perhaps because I spend the majority of my time in it and it has to serve multiple functions. It is 100% my space, to do with as I like, but I always feel a bit cramped, and sometimes it’s difficult to want to be in the room after my work for the day is over. It is, after all, where my job mostly happens, and who wants to stay at work after hours? Like most things in the life of a writer, it is a work in progress that will never quite be done to my satisfaction.

What does your writing space look like? How does it inspire you?

2 comments

  1. At home, I rock the couch, the easy chair, and a slightly cluttered home office. Work tends to be just as varied: in class while students work in groups, sitting at a random computer somewhere in the Writing Center, or in an office I share with two other people–not at the same time. And I’ll also write on my phone or in a handy notebook. I like to move around as much as possible to get comfortable!

    • I do enjoy having my phone on me to take notes if something strikes at an odd time! I used to carry a notebook, but found that I didn’t write in it enough to warrant it taking up space in my purse, and now the phone suits just as well for me.
      The only places outside my office that I’ve found I can concentrate enough to write are libraries and coffee shops. Anywhere else in my house and I get too distracted; anywhere else in public doesn’t have the right vibe.

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