Creating Your Writing Space

Desk ClutterWriters spend a lot of time in the confines of their offices. Many of our home offices seem drab and uninviting. Most office spaces consist of a desk and computer and drab-colored walls unless we spice things up. This drab environment may even discourage writers from getting to their desks.

It is, therefore, important for writers to take the time to personalize their writing space by adding colours, sounds and scents which will be inviting and calming. It is fairly easy to produce such a comfortable and productive workspace with just a few easy steps.

1. Place personal photos of your family members on your desk.

2. Paint your office in one of your favorite colours. I love lavender. It is soothing and I feel productive when I enter my office.

3. Put some wallpaper or borders on one or two walls of your office. This will help make your office really pretty.

4. Add a touch of class to the windows by putting up colourful curtains and blinds. You want to be able to control the amount of light and noise that comes into your office from the outside.

5. Position your desk so that it has a wonderful view. By doing this, you could take a refocus break once in a while by looking out your window.

6. Choose some of your favorite CDs and have them available as background music. Mozart is my favorite. Experiment a bit in order to find the music you feel most productive with.

7. Choose some of your favorite scented candles and place them in your office. I use a lot of soothing lavender as it is my favorite scent.

8. Don’t allow yourself to have any toxic feelings or emotions when you come into your office. Simply think of pleasant and positive thoughts as you sit down to write.

9. Don’t have a phone in your office if you can avoid it. Instead, use a cordless phone when you get out of your office.

10. Have a screen saver with photos of fun family events. This way, when you take a pause from your work, you’ll be able to remember these fun events.

By setting up your office as a place of refuge and sanctuary, you will be very productive and happy when you enter your sacred space to do your daily writing. Your office is really that important to your success and happiness as a writer. So take a few minutes to look around your office right now and take steps to make it as pleasant and productive as possible.

Until next time!

Irene S. Roth

How to Ensure that You Write Every Day

Many writers have a difficult time to get to their desks on a consistent basis. Part of the problem is creating a habit of writing every day, despite all of our distractions and difficulties. Life is never problem-free it seems, and there is always something ready to catapult our writing time, if we let it.

In addition to your scheduled writing sessions, use odd bits of “down” time to write:

  • Your daily bus commute
  • Doctor appointments
  • Unexpected doctor visits
  • The half hour the cake needs to cool before you can ice it
  • Waiting for anything–a flight departure, the cable guy, your date to show up.

A Place of Your Own

The point is to make the most of whatever time and space you have. Writers work on subways, buses and commuter trains. Any place is a good place to write if you just recognize its possibilities. A quiet place is ideal, but–as anyone who has ever worked for a newspaper knows–it is possible to turn out good writing in the middle of utter chaos.

No matter what you accomplish in a writing session, you’ll frequently find yourself having to pick up in the middle of something left unfinished from a previous session, and you may be worried about maintaining your momentum, or picking up the thread of your thoughts.

Here are some ideas that have worked for other writers:  Hemingway’s system may work for you, too, but it requires discipline. It can be difficult to stop writing when the words are flowing. If you find this is a problem for you, you may want to try something else. Some writers, for example, warm up by simply retyping the last page from their previous session. Other writers will read their last page, delete it, and then rewrite the page as closely as they can from memory. Either practice can help you regain the momentum from your earlier work and give you a running start.

  • Whether you use any of these methods or concoct one of your own, the important thing is getting back to your writing project–whatever stage it is in–and continuing with it, making one step forward after another, and getting more and more words on the page.
  • Ernest Hemingway used to find it helpful to intentionally stop in the middle of a well-thought-out scene; he liked to stop writing before the juice was up. When he was eager to go on to the next word–when he knew exactly what he wanted to say and how he wanted to say it–that’s when he’d quit, often right in the middle of a sentence. With this system, Hemingway seldom had trouble getting started the following day. He knew the rest of the sentence he’d left hanging; he knew where he wanted the story to go next. He would simply begin the new writing session by finishing what he’d deliberately left unfinished the session before.


The Necessity of Having a Creative Space to Write

As important, perhaps, as a time to write is a place that you can lay claim to as your writing space–a place where you won’t be interrupted, where ideally you can leave your work out when you’re finished for the day. In addition to the space needed for your computer and printer, you should have plenty of desktop space to spread out your notes or any other materials you’re working with. A bulletin board where you can pin-up inspirational quotes, pictures of settings or characters, deadlines, etc. is a great addition to your writing space. Make sure you have adequate lighting, a sturdy, comfortable chair and a handy shelf for your writing reference books. Whatever it takes, create a place that means writing to you–and to those around you–the minute you occupy it: your special place, your writing place.

Always make sure you have something to write on (and with!), even if it means keeping a pen and small notebook in your fanny pack while jogging, or with your towel at the beach. You’ll be surprised how much you can actually accomplish in these short, otherwise unproductive periods.

Until Next Time!

(I borrowed some of these tips are from the Reader’s Digest.)

The Creative Life

writers[1]I have always been writing since I was a young child. When I was three years old, my dad bought me a notebook because that is what I wanted for Christmas. And since then I have been hooked.

I wrote words, drew pictures, and doodled in my spare time. When girls were playing with Barbie’s, I was in my room doodling and writing. When I started school, I got my very first journal. My Mom bought me one for my birthday! I was so excited about it. It was pink and it had a beautiful design. That hooked me to the writing life.

I loved the life of the imagination and still do. As far back as I could remember I have been creating stories in my mind. And these stories were what got me through childhood and most of my really difficult adolescent years.

Why do I tell you all this? I am sharing this with you because I would like to encourage you to think about your beginnings as a writer. What really got you interested in writing? Was it the time alone writing? Was it the imaginary escapades you went on? Was it the act of writing itself? There is so much to think about isn’t there?

As some of you know, I have been reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am hooked on the book. I have been reading and re-reading it for weeks!  What a gem of creativity and authenticity!!! If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so, and let us know your thoughts.

The Creative Life

I have been thinking about the creative life a lot for about a year now. And there was something about Elizabeth Gilbert’s book that really struck a chord with me. I shared some of the reasons why with my critique group this week, and they were all astounded. So, here it goes.

I believe that the creative life is wonderful because of the following things:

• Creativity is our divine birth right. We are born with certain creative aspects to our unique character and personality. For some of us, this translates into cooking a wonderful meal. For others of us, it is when we crochet or quilt that this creativity comes out. But we all have it.

• We don’t need permission to write. If we want to write, and we are writers (and you are a writer if you want to write), we should write. So, forget about asking your spouse for permission to get some writing done. Just sit down and write.

• Creative people don’t live a passive life, waiting for things to happen to them. They make things happen themselves and they leave their blueprint on the world.

• The creative life is an authentic life. Therefore a lot of our fears are self-created through things that have nothing with the nature of creativity.

• To be creative, you must possess a fierce sense of personal entitlement. The word entitlement has many negative connotations. But it need not have these meanings. In fact, the entitlement that I mean here is an inherent entitlement to be creative and to leave your mark on the world—something that we all have a right to do.

• We keep defining and redefining ourselves as a writer every day. Our journey is never complete. So, we should enjoy the ride.

• We should never stop creating, whatever the outcome. I know people who write just because they enjoy it. Many of them are not published and never want to be. But they will never go for long without writing. That is what I call a truly creative person.

• As a creative person, we have a right to our own voice and our own vision.

• The creative life is a life of learning and being open to all that there is to learn.

• Creativity leads to getting to know ourselves more and more as well as the world and people around us.

• Creative living is so much better than living a mundane, passive life.

Something to think about

How do you feel about the creative life? Is it something that you embrace or is it something that you have a love-hate relationship towards?

Do some thinking about this, and please let me know your thoughts.


Hi all!


I am also participating in Picture Book Idea Month.  Here is the challenge posting for those who want to follow along.

















So far, I am right on track!



NaNoWriMo Yet again!!!!!!

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Hi All,


This November, I will be participating in NaNo again.  I will be writing an MG.  So, I will be aiming to write 1,200 words a day.


~ Happy NaNo all!!!!



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I am very excited to announce my new book for writers.   It is!!!!!!!!!!!








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Irene S. Roth