Recently I’ve noticed loads of articles about how to make a ‘reading nook‘. As lovely as they all are, I just can’t see the point. I could read upside down on a busy playground’s monkey bars if I wanted to. If it’s a good book, nothing can stop me! On the other hand, finding the perfect writing spot is a different matter…
Like a newly planted flower, I need the perfect conditions to flourish! My requirements range from the comfortableness of the chair to the height of the table and the availability of hot drinks to a gentle hum of background noise. And don’t get me started on the temperature, amount of light and wifi connection…
So, here are my steps to make your own ‘writing nook’.
1. Find your spot
Do you work best in absolute silence or with a little bit of action around you? Do you need a bright, sunny room or a dark, brooding office? Do you like a large space with plenty of room for roaming or a small, confined spot urging you to get on with it?
Work out the kind of environments you’re drawn towards to write and then claim your spot! It can be a small corner of a room, a cupboard or even the space under the stairs. If it can fit your laptop/notebook and your knees, then it can be a writing nook.
2. Get desky
Yes, for want of a better word, I’ve gone with ‘desky’. Most people reading this will be working with limited space so a full-size desk may not be an option. Fear not, though, there are plenty of alternatives!
If you want something that doesn’t get in the way, try a fold-out desk which can be mounted almost anywhere and hidden away when you don’t need it. For those who need something cheap, try making your own crate desk or a nifty office furniture hack. And, for writers in need of a super small desk, use a sidetable as a multifunctional office space.
3. Eliminate clutter and distractions
Now for the painful bit… Get rid of anything that will potentially distract you. In fact, to be super safe, just get rid of everything! One of my worst writing procrastinations is obsessively tidying the area that I’m going to write in. If there’s nothing to tidy away… problem solved.
4. Now add some ‘useful’ clutter
For those of you that can’t think in an empty space, start filling the area with things that get you inspired. These can be inspirational quotes, your favourite books or a colourful array of stationary and notepads.
My advice would not be to pile this stuff on your desk though as that will just clutter your working area. Try to nail things on the wall or create storage under the desk. A fun way to create functional and interchangeable storage is by making your own pinboard. Another way to make your storage ‘writing-centric’ is to turn your favourite books into shelves.
5. Don’t forget the essentials
What you class as ‘essential’ for writing is totally down to you as a writer. So, I will just share a few of my own writing nook needs. Take ’em or leave ’em and enjoy finding your own!
I love to have a light, bright space, no matter what the weather, so a daylight bulb is a priority. Another favourite accessory of mine is a mini-whiteboard or a memo board so I can quickly write notes without filling my nook with sticky notes. Finally, a comfortable chair is an absolute must!