May 092013
 
Finding your creative space

Create your creative space

A good creative space for writing can facilitate your memory journal writing or blogging, not to mention your recall.

But, let’s face it. Very few of us can write anywhere. Finding your groove may involve finding a physical space—your actual groove.

Distractions

“Turn off the distractions,” sounds easy, but what actually distracts you?  In my case, I can write with the TV blaring and the kids around sometimes. That sometimes depends on whether the boys are ignoring me or making requests/demands. It also depends on whether I find what they are watching interesting. I can write through celebrity news shows but the BBC’s Top Gear always distracts me.

Television blaring

Turn it off?

So, if the phone, television, email, or radio distracts you, turn them off. I’m not quite clear on how to turn off the kids, but that might also be worth a try. If you work best in quiet, find a relatively quiet place and time to work. If you’re not sure what will work best for you, experiment.

One person’s distraction might be another person’s inspiration. Not everyone, for instance, works best in complete silence. If noise, particularly white noise, isn’t a distraction for you, there’s no need to turn it off.

For most of us, it is more of a matter of finding the right level of noise. Many people focus better with music in the background. Some writers do well in coffee shops while others work in quiet seclusion. Once you find the conditions that work best for you, write under those conditions whenever you can. If you can find a physical space that always has those conditions, that might be where you write best.

The same goes for visual distractions. Nature will inspire me, but it also often causes me to grab my camera and go outside. Some people prefer a blank wall to a window.

Advantages of an Actual Creative Space

Typing stories We come to associate a physical space with productivity. For instance, experts recommend that children have a defined space for doing homework and studying. That physical space comes to facilitate learning.

Our brains are more alert in our work-space, which is why we’re not supposed to work in the bedroom.  Perhaps that’s also why so many college students go to the library to study. (It might also be that their rooms are such a mess there isn’t a horizontal space to open a book.  Just saying…)

If you write on a desk-top PC, your space might already be defined. If you have the luxury of trying different spaces—different rooms, coffee shops, or even a second home, explore them. See what happens.

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