Are you part of the creative class that works mostly from home? Are you a freelance writer trying to make a living from your craft or do you write just because it satisfies a creative need and brings you joy? No matter what you reason for writing—for profit or pleasure—if you work from home, you’ll want to create a writing space that is all your own.
Whether you have a large home and you have separate room to write in with a door, or you’ve set up your computer in a nook underneath the stairs just off the kitchen, these tips for setting up a beautiful writing space at home will make any work in progress feel like a blooming bestseller!
Is your chair comfortable? Do you have fresh air flowing around your desk? Is the lighting strong enough, or is it too bright? Can you position your writing space in such a way that you can use natural light for most of the day? Having a healthy, fresh work space will keep your energy levels up and encourage you to write more frequently and with greater enthusiasm.
Finding a calm, inviting, and inspiring workspace doesn’t mean that you have to have a fancy desk or a pretty view of the ocean. Your writing space doesn’t need to be big, just big enough to hold your favorite writing tools, books, and mementos. If you have a small space, especially a small space in your home, guard it carefully. Keep non-writing clutter at bay. Don’t let your workspace become a catch-all dumping ground for things that don't serve your writing practice.
Choose a place to write that helps you to stay focused on your work for reasonable amounts of time. Keep non-work gadgets at a safe distance away from your writing space. TVs, video games, and other electronic appliances including vacuums, dishwashers, and washing machines can distract you from your writing projects. Soon that pile of laundry you stopped to do will divert you to the dishwasher that needs to be loaded, and then “Oh, the floor needs sweeping!” Before you know it, your house is clean, but you've fallen behind on your writing project deadline.
A woman must have money and room of her own if she is to write fiction.
— Virginia Woolf
This is your home office and you don't have to ask your boss for permission to modify your workstation: you are the boss! Here are some things that you can do in your home office that you probably can't do at work:
Mark Twain's writing space was painted a glorious shade of deep red. He brought in a large pool table and placed it in the center of the room. After all, when you're faced with a spell of writer's block—as all writers do—taking a break for a bit of play time is always a smart idea.
Virginia Woolf, who famously said, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” did most of her writing in a toolshed with a garden view, a plain wooden table and an oil lamp.
Like many writers, George Bernard Shaw preferred to work in solitude. Of his writing space, whick consisted of a white painted desk, a wicker chair, and a typewriter, "People bother me. I came here to hide from them."
You can check out gorgeous pictures of the studios, offices and hideouts of some of the world's most creative people at thewritelife.com.
The most important thing in designing your writing space is that it makes you feel like a serious writer, with serious work to do—even if you are writing as a hobby. A good writing space will inspire you to be disciplined. It will make sitting down to work every day feel like a treat.
Check out the video montage below of gorgeous home office ideas.
© 2017 Sally Hayes
Isla Fanning on January 21, 2020:
I think the author’s idea is really good.
Sally from Fort Worth, Texas on April 13, 2017:
Nice article. It's very helpful.
RTalloni on April 12, 2017:
Nicely done article with interesting tips on creating an optimal space at home for writing projects. This post would be useful to anyone working from home because it could help them think through their particular needs.