Writers, by reputation, are supposed to be able to work anywhere. I suspect that for the most part, many of us are able to create content in any number of situations that would be impossible to do other types of creation. While doable, it’s not ideal. True creation needs room to breathe. A space of its own to live. This is why the painter has an art studio, the movie makers have a soundstage, and editing rooms, These are the spaces that allow them to create their best work.
Some art requires its own space by its nature, glass blowing, sculpture, especially large scale. Theses come to mind quickly. But there is a myriad of other art forms that require their own specialized space and place to be created properly.
But what about the lowly wordsmith? Do we rate our own space?
Recently I was able to acquire my own space. I call it my Office. The difference it has made to my peace of mind and work output has been enormous. Yes, there are days I come in and just “Play” on the computer, and no real writing get done. But on the other hand ; I hope more and better stuff will get done now. In a month or so I’ve had the office, I’ve finished a major Work In Progress, that involved going back and rewriting the POV, writing a couple of short stories, and some essays.
So I’m getting stuff done.
The other impact is peace of mind. Just having my own space to go to when I need to is essential for my peace of mind. My Office is not pretty, no fancy furniture, it's pretty basic, desk, chair, tower computer setup, and a tv and Roku , and an entry level turntable. I do have plans for the office, I know that getting the room exactly the way I want it will take time. But that's ok. I have my space. I have a place to write and relax.
The bigger picture is that we all need a place to do our art, be it writing, mixed media, or leathercrafts. Everyone needs a space of their own. Be it, to read a book, watch tv, listen to music, or just take a nap. If you're struggling to create in a less than ideal space, chances are your works isn’t the best it can be.
So, if you get a chance to have your own space, grab it with enthusiasm. If not a room, but a corner, a desk, or small table in a little-used room. Take what you can get and make the most of it. We can’t all have our own rooms, such as My Office or an Art Studio, but do the best you can to claim your own peace of mind.