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Creative Spaces and Writing Places #IWSG

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome Co-Hosts:  J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey!

Check out our IWSG homepage.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂

Special spaces and places elicit certain mind frames and energies. Special items in these spaces create mood and comfort. Back when I was a child, my places swayed with wind, smelled of fir and green leafier things. Bark tended to prickle along my back or my hands, sometimes sticky with sap. I lived for exploring the great outdoors and finding perfect forts and branch swings. I’d lie back for hours and day-dream, or at least what felt like hours because time is different for kids. But I let my mind wander and wonder of different worlds and people. I think I was 7-years old when I started to write myself into magical worlds.

Later a favorite place became a bathtub filled with old couch cushions. I had a lamp, a notebook and pens. I didn’t need much else.

View of my working writing space

Now my favorite place is the corner of my kitchen. Chaos doesn’t matter, has never mattered I guess. Being a mom, a younger sister, a college girl at one time with three roommates and working in a busy architect or illustration studio, I’ve learned to block out sounds. I’ve learned to disappear quietly in my mind no matter what is going on around me. Except for one thing: vibration, the tap of soft fingers on the countertop, or my chair. I’m not sure why.

This month’s IWSG question asks: “What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?”

  • An owl drawing my 8-year old daughter made me, props up against my monitor.
  • I have a special painted rock from my 10-year old son.
  • My top two favorite books lie against the tiled kitchen wall where right above it, hang several inspiration cards and postcards from my writer friend.
  • My green spiral portfolio notebook which contains my current work in progress; lastly,
  • My computer. I can’t live without it and it’s networked to all of my other Mac devices, my phone and my I-pad so I can take my work every where I go.

Do you have a favorite creative or special place? What was it like as a child? And now? Does vibration rattle you?

Happy IWSG Day.