A writing space is sacred. It is where worlds are built, characters are born, and spells are cast from different handwriting. So I figured it’s about time I showed you my writing space, and the bookish items in it that inspire me.
Last week we had company over so I cleaned my writing room and then took a hundred photos to prove it was clean. 😉 But a writing space is more than just a location. It’s about atmosphere (Tweet this) — at least it is for me. I love to be surrounded by books, burning a yummy candle, looking out a window. I decorate with trinkets or fandom items, etc. So I thought I’d share my writing space with you not just through a single photo, but through many…revealing the little things that you might find in the nooks and crannies of my room.
The things that, in their own small ways, make me want to plop down and write:
1. Bookish candles by In the Wick of Time on Etsy.
Apparently bookish candles are a thing. And apparently they are MY FAVORITE THING EVER and I never knew it. So what if The Shire is really just a mixture of grassy smells and freshness? The label looks like a Hobbit door, okay?
I’ve tried a few different bookish candle brands and In the Wick of Time is my favorite. They’re fresh and won’t suffocate you like some others. Also, the owner of the shop is basically the kindest person ever.
2. #Bookstagram mug by evieseo
Just…look at it. (See above photo.) An antique camera. Pretty bluish colors. Flowers. The word book on the front. This mug is perfect! I display it, I drink out of it, I take photos of it…mugs are a weakness of mine. And mugs are almost as important as pens to a writer. We need our tea/coffee/cocoa/cider etc to
survive write well.
3. Wax seals, because…um…wax seals.
Just think about it. You get to play with fire. You get to melt something. And then you get to create art in that melted something and then send it to people as an official letter.
Why do we no longer do this?!
4. Typewriter! (duh)
Because it is practically perfect in every way.
What writer doesn’t have a typewriter in his or her room? (Um…probably the logical ones who realize that, unless they’re going to use it, they probably shouldn’t fill their space with heavy out-dated machinery.) Well, I use mine and the sound it makes is addicting and totally wakes the neighborhood.
A bookworm cannot live without coasters. Because we drink tea. Coffee. LIQUIDS. This is in the rulebook of being a writer. And if we don’t have coasters, then we might use a book to hold our mugs…and then if we spill our lives are over because there’s no stopping that sweet caffeinated goodness from destroying out computer, our back up, our back-up’s back-up, etc. Coffee/tea is a hero. But spilled coffee/tea is a villain, seeking out our electronics.
Coasters are our shields.
Coasters are a must on every author’s desk. (This is coming from the girl who spilled tea on her laptop AND KILLED IT DEAD. Learn from my mistakes.)
6. Funko Pops.
They are my little family of imaginary friends and I don’t expect anyone to understand (unless you’re in the bookstagram community because Bookstagrammers TOTALLY GET IT.)
Yes, I have a Harry Potter problem. Yes, my husband knows about it. AND YES IT IS UNDER CONTROL. *buys another Funko*
You can laugh…but I can send my Funko pop army after you.
My college roomie gave me this awesome engraved wood quote of C. S. Lewis as a birthday gift (yes, I have those types of roomies. Be jealous.) and now I hug it and take it to bed with me every night.
I actually don’t have that many quotes around my writing desk, but the ones I do print out or cut out and display usually inspire me to go write with a single glance.
8. Colorful pens!
Every writer is a pen-snob, whether they’ll admit it or not. We know which pens bleed through the page, which ones write smoothest, which ones cause hand cramps, etc. Also, pens are usually scattered EVERYWHERE. They are always accessible because we have 8,000 of them.
My favorite pens are as follows:
- Staedtler Fineliner pens — these are my FAVORITES! I use them for all my note-taking and they travel well in their little plastic organizer. I also use them when I pick up those adult coloring books in my free time. Okay, at least I would use them if I had free time to actually color in those books.
- Sharpie fine-point pens — These ones are magical because they don’t bleed through the page. I don’t know what wizard managed that, but they’re fantastic for taking notes on thin paper or in your Bible (if you do that sort of thing.)
9. My LetterFolk board.
This is a newish addition to my writing room and I’m slightly obsessed with putting new quotes on it. I got the board from LetterFolk.com and the quality is superb. Doesn’t it make every bookish photo look that much better? (You can see more bookish photos with my letterboard on my Instagram.)
I know this kind of cheating, because these aren’t the small things in my writing room. They’re actually quite huge and take up the majority of the room. But I had to mention them! It’s like leaving out my favorite child! (Not that I’ll have favorites or anything…) When we moved, hubby got me matching shelves from Ikea and I CAN’T STOP STARING AT THEM. Or hugging them. Or spending hours dusting them and cleaning them and reorganizing them. Aren’t they loverly?
This photo, in a nutshell, captures my writing space as a whole. It is a place that I come to and find myself surrounded by books, inspiration, memories, writing utensils, and nature. I’ve come to learn how important it is to have a creative space, even if it’s just a creative chair that, when you sit in it your brain jumps into creative mode.
What items in your house inspire you in your creativity?
Tell me three of them! (Or a hundred. Or one. I just really want to know.)