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How to create a sacred writing space

How to create a sacred writing space

Finding the perfect and sacred writing space will enable your writing to flow and encourage you to write more. When I talk to clients about why they are unable to write one of the reasons is that they haven’t created the right (write) environment.

I was reminded of this when I awoke at 4:00am this morning. Wanting to write but feeling tired was not a good combination. I quickly decided that bed, my usual sacred writing space wasn’t right.

Heading into to a very cold lounge I organised some cushions, a big furry throw, put on a fire and made a cuppa. Very soon I was joined by two of my dogs. Peace of sorts descended. I was interrupted with Angel licks.

Creating a sacred writing space – decide where 

Bed, lounge, conservatory (sun house), office, in your favourite comfy chair, or on the sofa  It is important that you find a place where you feel at ease and inspired. There are several places that I like to write in, one is my bed (that is until the doggies interrupt me) another is the sofa in my downstairs lounge and yet another is the day bed outside of my terrace. It depends on my mood to which of these spaces I write in.

Interestingly, I only know which space to choose when I am ready to write.

There is an energy in each of these spaces that inspires me. There is a feeling – a sense of comfort. Try sitting in different places and see what happens, it’s the only way that you will find out.

Note what makes the space. It might be the energy of the room, how comfortable you are, a smell, silence, the quality of the air or view. There will be many very subtle things.

Next, decide when you want to write

When do you want to write? First thing in the morning or last thing at night? In the evening after dinner? I love writing blogs and chapters for books first thing in the morning, not long after I have woken. For pure journaling, it’s usually when I am in bed, all cosy and tucked up. Try different ways and see what works. Different kinds of writing may be better done at different times of the day.

I advise my writers to get into the habit of writing first thing in the morning, so that they are fresh and it’s done for the day – no procrastination allowed…

What else needs to happen to create your sacred writing space?

If you are an auditory person you may like to have some music on, I love using focus@will (sometimes). If you are kinaesthetic, what about lovely feely things, perhaps a throw and a dog to cuddle. Visual you might like to be in a place where you can see beautiful things, such as on open window that looks out onto a garden.

There are other things that you may like, how about burning incense or lighting a scented candle and if you love your food how about a nice cup of tea and some nibbles?

What about clutter? I hate mess around me when I write, I need a clean desk and an uncluttered space. Mind you with these three little furry terrors, my sacred space is often messed up. They also often decide when it’s time for me to stop and walk them. This clears my head writing space. I need lots of fresh air.

So in my perfect sacred space, I shall include furry writing muses.

Silence or a busy cafe. My preference is silence or focus@will in my headphones.

People or no people? I find people distract me. They want to chat or to interrupt despite me asking to be left alone, so it’s easier to write when there is no one around. The doggies are fine – to a point. When Angel has decided she wants my attention, nothing will get written.

There will always be a perfect time and the perfect writing space, which suits you.  It is important to your creativity to find the right place to write. If you haven’t found your writing space and time, create it. You will know when you have because your words will flow.

What goes into your sacred writing space? When you get it right, you will know and your writing WILL flow.

Dale Darley

Dale lives in the hills in Spain with her three furry writing muses. She works with her clients to support them to plan and write a book, build their brand and create a business that they love.

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