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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Peaslee

The "Write" Space: Creating A Productive Writing Environment

When establishing a writing routine, it can be difficult to get into the right mood. One tried-and-true way to help is to create a writing space to help unleash your productivity.

Creating an environment that nurtures your writing endeavors is more than arranging furniture; it's about architecting a sanctuary that fuels inspiration while banishing distractions.

Set a Designated Writing Time

Doesn't have to be every day. Doesn't have to be the only time you write. But establishing a designated writing time will help get you into the routine of writing.

Not sure where to begin? Join a writing group. The Bleeding Typewriter Discord server hosts a weekly writing meetup, Tuesdays at 8pm EST.

Tidy Up

I know, right? Who am I, your mom?

But it works, I swear it works. Keeping a tidy workspace helps you maintain focus. Bonus: it releases endorphins.

Speaking of focus...

Close Those Other Windows/Tabs

Do yourself a favor and click the X on all your programs and apps that are unrelated to your writing. Yes. Do it (hit save first). You can get those tabs back later (press Ctrl+Shift+T).

It's the same principle: tidiness keeps you focused on the task at hand, whether that be writing, research, or brainstorming.

Create a Ritual

There's an interview on NPR that goes into the importance of rituals in society—all human societies. They are a part of our everyday life. So why wouldn't you incorporate a ritual into your writing routine?

Some possible rituals to help signal your brain that it's time to work:

  1. Light a specific candle each time to associate a scent with writing. (Or: light a candle. Don't overthink it.)

  2. Create a playlist to listen to during writing time.

  3. Make yourself a cup of tea, or coffee.

  4. Cozy up under a soft blanket to trick your cat into sitting by you and purring.

Put On Background Noise

I listen to music, but you do you. One of my friends will put TV on in the background, and she can write more in one setting than I write in a year. Follow whatever works for you.

Start With a Writing Warmup

Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves, and we don't always work well under pressure.

If you're having trouble figuring out what to write, ease into things with a warmup. Practice freewriting, follow a prompt, write in your journal. Do whatever low-pressure activity you need to do to get things started.

Treat Yo' Self Afterwards

At the very least, give yourself a pat on the back for getting shit done.

Listen to Donna.

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