I used to think that to be a great writer that I would need a special space.
THE DREAM: my own room where I had a wall full of a huge white board. An endless supply of dry erases markers. I would have shelves where I would showcase my books. A huge desk full of writing books and files of manuscripts. I would have a wall entirely devoted to my current work in progress, full of inspiration pictures. I’d have a big fat cool looking cup full of red pens, and purple pens for editing purposes. I’d have a comfy chair in the corner with a lamp and a comfortable chair at my desk. It would be like a writers heaven. Where I could work for hours on end and not be interrupted.
THE REALITY: If you wait for that you won’t ever get any writing done. Kids take the number one place and I am 100% on board with that. So even if I could set up such a room. I’d have to add a pile of Legos on the floor. My cup of pens constantly getting empty. Little pictures drawn all over my dry erase boards, and Barbie dolls who constantly need help getting dressed in a new outfit and other continuous interruptions. Plus some of my kids pictures scattered everywhere. Not going to lie I love this image more then my dream image, now that I am a mom with little busy kids.
SO WHAT TO DO?
Make it work. Be flexible. I do have a desk that I get to sit at now and then in the evenings to write. But mostly my writing space is wherever my kids are. That might mean I’m editing on the couch while watching a show with my kids. That might mean, the bathroom floor while I keep an eye on them in the tub. My writing space could be outside, while they jump on the tramp. The simple answer is, if you are a mom and a writer, you find a way to make both work together. And that might mean your writing space changes all the time.
Just for fun here are pictures of some of my writing spaces.