On Friday, August 3, I posted A place for writing inspiration, making note of my poor writing space – it’s blah, completely uninspired, boring.
Do you need some ideas for decorating your writing space?
Here are some of the ideas posted on that blog by commenters DiAnne Ebejer, p.m. terrell, Abyrne Mostyn, Shawn MacKenzie, Jessica Pettengill Messinger, Tonia Marie Harris, Angie Ledbetter, J. J. Brown, Shirani Rajapakse, Susannah Friis, Kathryn Magendie, Elizabeth H. Cottrell, and Denise Hisey.
On or around the desk
Knick knacks (every time I say this, I want to add, “Paddy whack, give the dog a bone”) and mementos from family, friends, and vacations
Desktop image – use a themed picture to inspire you in your current project or change the image every day
A fresh flower or a silk flower in a vase
Seashells in a jar or dish
Print and hang colorful or inspiring images found on the internet
Colorful posters (use poster putty or popular non-marring wall hangers)
Hang a white board – draw new pictures on it every day
Tension rods – position them floor to ceiling, hang fishing line or wire between them, clip artwork, colorful fabric, family photos on the lines/wires
Postcards – buy them yourself or start an exchange program with friends and family
Hand-made objects from your kids
Colorful, lightweight fabric, sheets, or shower curtains tacked onto the molding to cover bland walls and spaces
Photos of family and friends – use ornate frames
Photos from vacations or day trips
Table cloth or colorful placemats on your desk
Decorative mouse pad (did you know you can have them custom made from your own photos at the local office store?)
Throw pillows, in bright colors and varied fabrics and textures
Throws on the couch, ottoman, chairs
Faux fur – anywhere and everywhere
Unique rocks found on your walks
Plants and potted flowers
Room divider – tack/hang pictures, textiles, scarves, fabric swatches, or ornaments
Consider hanging wind chimes, dream catchers
String lights (no matter that there is no up-coming holiday)
Auditory and olfactory
Music – for background inspiration
Candles or scented-wax burners for olfactory inspiration
Bunches of fresh flowers
At, on, or outside the window
Window décor with suction cups or self-stick decals
Decorate the window sill
Window boxes with flowers
More wind chimes!
And, while stepping away from the desk
Take a walk in a garden, along a woodsy path, or in a downtown historic district or museum.
If you have a good view, sit outside with the laptop or with a pad of paper and a pen.
Take a camera for unexpected moments or scenes. Then print and paste the pictures in your personal space.
Karen S. Elliott was raised by a mother who wanted to be an English teacher and who worked for Merriam-Webster as a proofreader and an aunt who could complete the Sunday New York Times crossword in a day. Their favorite expression was, “Look it up!” Karen reads punctuation and grammar manuals for fun.
Karen is an editor and proofreader, blogger, and writer. Her short stories have been featured in The Rose & Thorn Journal, Every Child is Entitled to Innocence anthology, Valley Living Magazine, BewilderingStories.com, and WritingRaw.com.