We freelance writers spend a lot of time writing in our home offices, or whatever corner of our home we’ve dedicated for our business.
Wherever you write in your home needs to be conducive to getting your writing done. Let’s look at the basics of making that space both comfy and inspiring.
Furniture in Your Home Office/Writing Space
Arrange your furniture so you can easily get into your office and move around in it. Leave significant open space in the middle so you don’t feel cramped when sitting at your desk. Keep bookcases or anything else from blocking natural light streaming through windows.
Choose furniture that is comfortable and functional, that you like, and that goes well with your wall and floor colors.
The Walls of Your Home Office/Writing Space
You may not want to hassle with painting the walls of your office or writing space, or you may rent and not have that option. If you can paint and you want to paint, choose a color that you feel will make you happy and most productive. In general, go with light colors over dark.
Select carefully what you put on your walls. You want photos, paintings, and hangings that inspire you, that remind you of your goals, why you love life, and why you want to get your writing done as quickly and as well as possible. It can be a mix: photos of friends and family and beautiful places you love, paintings that soothe your mind, inspirational quotes to spark your desire to achieve.
Use Your Intuition with Home Office/Writing Space
Above all, use your intuition to determine what’s best. Consider the advice here and from people who you think have a good sense for such things, but in the end follow your gut.
Suggestions for Creating Your Ideal Home Office/Writing Space
1. What quick changes can you make right now in your office or writing space…
that will make it more comfortable and also increase your productivity?
2. What 5 things would you like to have on your walls that aren’t there now?
How easily could you get these and put them up? Which one will you do first?
3. Think of an office or writing space of a friend or colleague that you really like.
What are its special qualities? How can you change your space to be more like that?
4. Who can you ask for good advice…
on making your writing space a more productive and happier place for you?
Do you like your writing space? Do you have a dedicated office? What changes would you like to make? What advice or thoughts do you have on this subject?