Where do you do your best work? Are you the type of writer who needs a pristine work space in order to do your best writing? Or can you basically crank out page after page, regardless of where you are, as long as the inspiration is there?
I’m a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B.
In truth, I write wherever and whenever I can – a snatched moment or two while on break at work to jot down a few paragraphs or even on my phone while I’m wasting time in a waiting room (thank the stars for Google Drive and Docs, let me tell you). I have a favourite cafe in town (right across the street from my house, in fact) where I’ll spend hours and hours writing while I sip on lattes and wine (the best cafes serve both).
But if I’m working at home, I do have a specific set-up that I prefer.
When I have my space set up just right, I feel unstoppable. Work spaces seem to be a thing writers like to talk about, so I thought I’d share mine for good measure.
I like to set up my laptop at what is technically my dining room table (even though it is rarely used as such). It’s a beautiful, long unfinished wood table that can be adjusted in height, and I like to raise it so I can stand while I work.
I’ll usually gather up some of my favourite inspiring items to help me work.
There’s almost always a cup of coffee (chocolate coconut from Hawaii) or tea (peppermint).
I’ll set my succulent, Sir Joseph the Aspiring Red Baron, on one side to keep me company (I’ve always heard that plants help to improve the overall quality of a workspace. I don’t know what truth there is to that claim but I do like having him around). On the other side I’ll burn a candle (preferably Cascadia by The Dank Crystal or something that smells as close as I can find). I also like to keep a couple of crystals – a clear and a rose quartz – from my collection close by to provide good mojo. They’re also good for those fidgety moments when I need to pause and meditate on my story.
What about you? What does your work space look like? Do you have any items you can’t write without? Tell me about it in the comments!