How A Sacred Work Space Will Help You Write Better and Live Better

Where do you write?

I write all over the place–in bed, in the living room, at the dinner table, on the kitchen bench, the public library, the car. I do have a dedicated home office but since welcoming children into my life, I only get to use it for a day or so every week.

Sure, on the few days when I get to write uninterrupted for the whole day, I could be working on the lounge or in the kitchen or even at the beach. Isn’t that the dreamy benefit of the digital age? Being able to work from anywhere?

I need my office space.

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When I sit down to start writing in my office, I know it’s business time.

I’m child-free and alone for a limited time. There’s no time to procrastinate and being in my office helps me to remember that. The space acts as a trigger for my sacred writing time.

Being in my own sacred writing space also has a personal importance. It’s the only place in the house that’s all about me. My husband has his Man Cave, my kid has her bedroom (and every other room, nook and cranny of the house her stuff manages to spreads to).

My space is my office. It’s where I work best and where I create best. It’s full of my things (apart from a few random toys and assorted toddler paraphernalia that manages to seep through)— my books, notebooks, nerdy collectibles, CDs, musical instruments, posters. These are things that inspire me and help me work.

When I emerge from a day’s work in my sacred writing space, I’m fulfilled. I’ve worked and I’ve earned and I’ve created. I haven’t been Mummy or Wife or any other of the various labels we all wear daily. And I’m better at all of those roles because I’ve been able to work with such satisfaction.

I can’t say my actual writing is technically better when I’m writing in my sacred space as compared to when I’m writing somewhere else. But, my writing is more driven and I am more prolific. Both of those things, I believe, will help any writer improve their technical proficiency.

But, I don’t have a spare room for writing!

I know I’m fortunate to have a dedicated room to enter to slip into this mode. But creating a sacred writing space doesn’t require an entire room.

Put a little table in your bedroom or anywhere else in the house and call it an office space.

Put a seat in the garden and make a writing space outdoors.

Why not make a pop-up writing space? Spread a special blanket or throw on your bed, reserved only for this purpose, and take your laptop to bed. Or do the same on the living room floor.

The sacred writing space is really a token, a symbolism of the mental space you’re about to enter when you sit down to write.

How To Use Your Sacred Writing Space

However you forge it, treat that space with respect.

Just as a church or some other religiously sacred space is a place  for prayer or peaceful reflection, your sacred writing space is a space for writing and only for writing.

Respect your space by respecting your writing – give it everything you’ve got while you’re in there.

Write and write and write. Come up for air, re-enter the rest of the world renewed and invigorated, and when the time comes again to step back into that sacred writing space, do it all again. Your work will thank you. You’ll thank yourself.

I talk more about the power of the sacred work space in my book Writing Habit Hacks: How to Create and Maintain Smart Writing Habits.

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Kate Krake writes speculative fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of the urban fantasy series Guessing Tales. Kate blogs about popular culture, health, wellness and creative writing. She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband, daughter and two beagles. Find out more on www.katekrake.com.
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