Creating a Better Writing Workspace

200534932-001My best place to write is on my bed with my laptop on my legs. I usually have the TV on low or mute, so I have a visual. Just in case, anything catches my eye.

My headset is glued to my ears, and I’m writing to a host of musical selections depending on the scene or a mood. On the average, this works for me.

However, I have an opportunity to create a true workspace. The eldest of my little birdies is flying away to build her own nest, and leaving me with a little extra space in mine.

Hot damn. An office! So much to do. So much to buy. Where do I start?

My first chore is to add to my collection of overstuffed bookshelves. I have two screaming for relief. Tell me fellow readers: HOW many bookcases do you have filled with your favorite authors? And if you’re a writer as well, please …. Your shelves probably look like mine!

My second chore is to situate my office so that I can get the most benefit. To stay organized and creative, I’m going to adopt Feng Shui techniques, with a touch of sizzle.

This is going to be interesting and challenging. 🙂

To step up to this challenge, I plan to follow a few tips I ran across on a cool Web site, Care2 .

1. DON’T sit in line with the door, as you will be in the path of negative energy.
2. DON’T face away from the door if you are conducting business from home. Business will symbolically come to you through the door, so don’t turn your back on it.
3. DON’T arrange your workspace so that you look straight out into a corridor or see the stairs, storage rooms, closets, elevators, escalators, or toilets.
4. DO put your computer in the North or West area of your office to enhance your creativity. Place the computer in the Southeast if you use it to generate income.
5. DO place an aquarium or tabletop fountain in the East, North, or Southeast. A small aquarium with black or blue fish in the North area of your desk or office will activate your business and career success. Guppies or a single arrowana are ideal for an aquarium made of glass and metal.
6. DO place a safe, which is usually constructed of metal, in either West or Northwest, which both represent the metal element. The safe symbolizes the prosperity and financial security of a business.
7. DO have a good balance of yin and yang when decorating your workspace. Balance light and dark colors, soft and hard surfaces, and smooth and rough textures in your choice of window treatments, furniture, and flooring.
8. DON’T have any mirrors in your office, as they can reflect negative energy from clients to other people in the room. You should always maintain control over the energy in your office.

The full excerpted list is on the Care2 Web site and you can buy the actual book Feng Shui Dos & Taboos,by Angi Ma Wong, on Amazon.

I’m going to use as many tips as I can. Well, maybe I won’t get the aquarium because that means cleaning the tank. My middle birdie, who had an aquarium, is no longer living at home. So I can’t bribe her to clean mine. (Did I say bribe? I meant ask.)

The sizzle in my workspace may include a red bulb for when my characters need a romantic rendezvous, or chocolate covered cherries, strawberries or good old M&Ms stashed in my desk drawer when an aphrodisiac is required. I’m quite sure I’ll add more things as I go along.

If you have tips on making your office or writing space work for you, let me know. I’m open to all ideas. I’ll let you know how my office turns out.

Knowing me, I’ll wind up back on my bed, in the Northeast corner, facing the door, with an aquarium to my right.


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