What's a writing cave?
Well, a writing cave is your zen space. Think of it as the place you go when you need to bang words out on the keys of your laptop, bringing yourself to a place of complete relaxation and creativity. When you enter your writing cave, it should feel like it's begging you to create.
Many writers have a bookshelf in their writing cave. What's on those tall, dark, handsome slabs of wood varies depending on what tasks the wordsmith takes on when in the room. For example: Mine is a short table with design how-to and editing books stacked on it. My issue of the CMoS is right on top, staring at me. It inspires me to do more and be more, and it's a handy reference shelf I access often.
Some writers have novels lining their shelves. Others have mementos, photographs, or other items to spark their creativity. It depends on the mood you're trying to set.
What else should be in your writing cave?
- A visible schedule
- Nail clippers (yeah, ever tried to write with a hangnail?)
- Notebooks (for those ideas you get)
I know one writer who prints images of her characters and a snatch of their bios, then hangs them on the wall where she can see them as she writes. When I asked why, her answer was: Because they speak better when I'm looking them in the face.
If you write romance, light a candle or two. Paranormal? Try some posters of otherworldly things.
Or, maybe you prefer to write at a coffee shop. Does the hustle and bustle, or conversations of other people, get your spark moving? Here are a few things to watch out for when choosing to write in public:
- Fluffy chairs (they tend to make typing difficult and staying awake even more of a challenge)
- High-traffic areas (you don't want to get bumped a lot)
- Wi-fi (if you don't need it, turn it off so you aren't distracted by social media or e-mails)
- Bad coffee (yeah...)
- Chatty people
Whatever you do, be sure the mood is right for you and your process. It's your book, and you need to make sure your surroundings are conducive to the creative side of your brain.
Where do you write?
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!