Creating the Best Writing Environment at Home

What Environment Works for You?

I do a little writing, I  married a very prolific writer, and our daughter does a little writing. 

Our different environment preferences:

  • Him:
    • in the office
    • preferably alone but doesn’t mind company as long as nobody is talking
    • desk lamps only; no overhead lights on
    • window blinds open to let natural light in
    • a pair of ear buds in so he can listen to electronica music usually something like Groove Salad
    • food delivered or coffee handed in because otherwise he won’t eat for hours and hours
  • Me:
    • in the office
    • preferably alone
    • overhead lighting on
    • window blinds closed
    • no music on because it distracts me
  • The kid:
    • in the office
    • in her room
    • on the floor
    • anywhere alone
    • loud music blaring
    • snacks nearby
    • a movie going on her iPad
    • the cat on her lap

How to Share Writing Space

Sometimes, no matter how well we try to stay out of each other’s way pressing deadlines and/or assignments causes all three of us to end up in the office at the same time. Did I happen to mention that it’s only 10×12?

This can also be a problem in co-working spaces which are becoming very popular. The first, most common way of dealing with too many distractions, is this:

my earbuds


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Get Out of the House

Sure you can go to your local library or coffee shop but I’m thinking more long-term and at home but not. If you Google “office pods” you’ll find some really cool options.

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Converting a Shed Into a Writer’s Retreat

I’ve seen a few people take sheds, that you can buy from local hardware stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot, and convert them into all sorts of things. Or you can build one from scratch.

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Converting Garage Space Into An Office

While this might not appeal to everyone I think it can be really cool depending on your resources and creativity. We thought about turning one corner into a space but then there’s the issue of heating the entire garage which isn’t insulated. When I Googled the idea I found this picture. Why not frame in the space, and include a sliding glass door? It would be easier to heat and with the glass it wouldn’t feel so closed in. Screen shot 2013-10-14 at 10.44.04 AM

Ways to Increase Your Creativity

Our son owns a co-working space. He introduced me to Coffitivity which is really cool for white noise. Think “coffee shop” and you’ll get the idea. Try it here. It’s free!

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Their website says that research shows that creativity thrives best in this kind of environment; not total silence but not loud distracting noise, either. Test it by clicking on their logo.

What kind of environment helps you get into that writing groove?

Posted on October 14, 2013, in Blog and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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