Creative space should be your safe spot, the most valuable spot in the world.
I’m writing this post from a corner in my apartment drinking my coffee and staring through the window. There’s not much going on, storm clouds might hit us today – it’s all a bit poetic. But, there’s a certain magic at the spot where I am sitting. It’s the spot where I was sitting every single day when I was writing. To be honest, I have another spot for those moments when my spot is occupied.
I’m not just rambling, even though it might seem so. There is power in us to connect objects and places to actions. So, we as writers should use this power to our advantage. We should create a personal creative spot that makes us write even when we’re not really in the mood for it.
Your creative space should be a spot where you feel relaxed (but don’t make it too comfy, it’s the same for your reading space – if it’s too comfortable you’ll eventually fall asleep). Enrich your spot with things that inspire you. If you like warmth pick a warm spot. Here are some tips for creating your creative space!
Use your windows
If you like the outdoors or nature or the sight of a city, if it inspires you or at least makes you think about what might be going on out there – position your spot close to a window. I like gloomy weather, whenever there’s a storm coming, or it’s really windy, or autumn fog – it makes me want to sit down and write even if there isn’t a project to work on.
Using such triggers is very important, you’ll get used to the idea of seeing a tree bending in the wind outside and you’ll get ideas pouring to your head.
Enrich your spot with your ideas
It’s the easiest thing in the world. If you’re using a PC stick your notes all over the screen edges, the wall behind it. Pile up your table with papers, diaries, books, whatever inspires you. This is a bit where you create your Treasure Chest as well.
Keep the spot for creativity
Don’t eat your lunch at the creative spot or clip your nails. It’s meant to be a place where you get in touch with your feelings and creativity. We are aiming to make an association in your brain between the creative juices starting to flow and spending a little time in your special spot!
After a while, if you keep up with your schedule and respect these simple rules, you’ll have no trouble triggering your creativity on demand, and starting writing every day will seem easier day after day!
I too sometimes have a day when writing a single word can seem as impossible as climbing a mountain (for me, you might be a super climber), but a few minutes after staring through the window, smelling that coffee, possibly having something sweet by my side and it all comes naturally.
Author: Mladen Reljanović
Mladen Reljanović is the founder and lead writer at Writer to Writers. He is the author of Oaktown stories, senior student of communication and a pianist.