Monday, September 13, 2010

Honoring your writer self Part 2

A couple of posts ago, I listed Judy Reeves' ideas about honoring your self as a writer. At my Second Thursday writing group, I handed the list out and asked each person to write for a few minutes on one of the ideas. I started off writing on one and digressed and came back.

Make a comfortable place for your writing. Since I live alone and work here too, it would seem easy to turn my whole spacious apartment into a writing and art studio and I don't know why I never thought of this before. In 2000, I did a project called Zen Home and renovated the interior (new colors, new furniture arrangements, fixing what didn't work) so that my place could more easily support the kind of life I wanted. Now I think it may be time to do that again as what I'm up to has changed.

In 2000, I didn't see myself as a writer and artist. I hadn't started my memoir, I was not doing collage at all. I was just taking an occasional drawing class. Now my whole concept of my self has changed and perhaps my apartment needs to too.

I'm not sure what changes to make but that doesn't mean it can't be done. Here are some of my ideas:
  • Get some kind of a light over the dining table for better illumination.
  • Really reduce the clutter in the office, like no kidding.
  • Get some kind of cart for creative supplies or use the lower shelves of the living rooms bookcase (hidden from public view by the sofa) for such supplies so they are handier
  • Make better use of the office storage.
How might you set things up to support your creative endeavors?

1 comment:

  1. OMG! You do collage too? I'm so glad we're meeting for coffee soon.

    I'm going through this process myself right now and truly identify with "Really reduce the clutter in the office, like no kidding." I've forced myself to throw away dozens of things I have never used but somehow fooled myself into believing "might be useful someday." I've *gasp* cleaned out my storage shed and moved files into archive space. I still have a box of ancient files than need to be recycled, but that will have to wait for a rainy day. I'm still surrounded by massive quantities of inspiration and research files, but intend to save myself with some underbed boxes hidden by a newly installed bedskirt. I hope to be fully reorganized by end of October.

    Thing is, as I go through this process, I keep finding stores of mental and time clutter. I'm starting to supsect the paper is just the beginning ...