Bright and Shiny Newness.

This morning, something very exciting and momentous occurred. I unplugged my laptop from its previous spot in the living room downstairs, marched up three flights of stairs into our new second floor apartment, and set it down in the table in our bright kitchen, sunlight pouring in through the wide windows, and did all my morning writing there at the table, in the morning sunlight, with a mug of coffee and an air of perfection. I can’t express how excited I’ve been to have a new space to work, and today was my first day reveling in the peace and excitement that having a kitchen large enough for a table at which I can work. It was brilliant, and the best part is that there are many, many more days to come and, as we get our stuff moved up to the new apartment, having to scale the stairs to do all the other non-writerly things on my agenda will be even easier.

This new writing space feels like the final chapter in my journey to really look at this writing thing as the first and foremost thing in my life. An actual working space where I will spend the handful of hours I dedicate to my craft and get things finished. I would offer a picture of the bright new space, but the computer is actually surrounded by miscellaneous stuff that we’ve been slowly moving up. The nice thing about this move is that it’s in the same building, but to a better apartment. I already feel recharged by the fact that we get so much more natural light in here, so much more room to move and create, and I”m just glancing out the window at the quiet street and the tops of the trees, the blue sky and green grass, and thinking of all the things I’m going to create, sitting in this spot and typing away.

I’ve never really had a spot that, out of any other spot, just made me want to create, but now I feel the power of this spot, this window, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. Where do you do your writing? Do you have a spot that particularly fuels your creativity? I know there have been many writers throughout history who had their little writing spots and that’s where they poured out their work. What do you think it is about certain spots that just seem to bring out the best in our work?


  1. I’m so happy for you! I know exactly what you mean about having a special place to write. When we moved into our condo last year, I had my eyes on the screened porch. Although I’ve been able to squeeze myself amongst the boxes to write, last Sunday I spent time clearing it out and making it my special writing spot.

    It’s so nice that we eat dinner out there now, but other than that, it’s all mine. I’ll post some pictures in my Sunday check-in.

  2. Congratulations on your new writing spot! My writing spot is my bed with a cup of tea. It’s funny, I don’t write every day, but I definitely have writing routines nonetheless. I think our brains just get used to performing a stack in a certain spot so being there is like, “Okay, time to work!”

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