Hello, Katy Lee here. As I write this, I am relaxing in my rocking chair looking out on a warm, sunny day. The windows are open, and the chirps of birds are filtering in on a soft breeze. It is in this glider, and in my home, where I write anything and everything. From my blog posts to my stories to my lesson plans for all the children I teach in my life.
You would think I didn’t have an office. But the truth is I do. A very beautiful one, for that matter, with French doors, wrap around wall desk, and all the office equipment one would need to be a professional.
But yet, as I rock back and forth with just me and my laptop, I realize that all that office stuff didn’t inspire me like I thought it would. That, in fact, believing I needed a certain setting before I could “get started” on writing was just another excuse not to write.
I believed I needed a place of escape in order to get the creative juices flowing. A place walled off with wood surfaces and resource books at my fingertips. A place that would inspire me to write my best stuff.
But the truth is I was only stalling. Swank offices do not make you a literary success….nor do summer cottages on the beach….unfortunately.
There are no prerequisites other than finding a comfortable place in your home. A place where you are content to sit for long periods of time. And notice I said the word sit.
It doesn’t have to be a huge space, just a place that is your own. And don’t clutter it with things you think you will need. Hold off. Wait and see if you do. Sometimes clutter can be more of a distraction, especially if the sight of dust on those cluttery things causes you to get out of your chair to clean them.
The Unlocked Secret: Keep things simple. Even as simple as a rocking chair facing a window. You could spend days, and lots of money, creating a place to create, or you could spend that time creating a world where everyone gets to escape to.
So tell me about your favorite places to write. Do you need all the frills or are you content to sit in a comfy chair with nothing but you and your laptop?