I’m so excited to introduce author Emma Burcart today. Her fiction merges women’s issues and literary sensibilities into a tantalizing blend of humor, relationship wisdom and beautiful language.
Emma’s one of the most driven people I know in terms of creating and sticking to a daily writing routine. So it’s especially wonderful that she has put together a guest post on that very subject. I’m also thrilled that she’s sharing photos of her colorful, stylish writing room. The space she has created for herself is so inspirational.
Making Time and Space for Writing
By Emma Burcart
When I first started writing it was a hobby. I wrote sporadically, when I felt like it, and without a plan for what it was going to be. Somewhere along the way I took a few writing classes and joined a critique group. Over time writing became a bigger and more important part of my life. I stopped writing with my laptop balanced on the coffee table and dug my dad’s old desk out of my parents’ garage. I set up a desk area in a small corner of my living room, with a book shelf and small side table for my printer. I felt like a writer.
Then I became a real grown up and bought my own condo. More important than a guest room was a writing room. I was ready to make writing more than just a hobby. It had become such a big part of who I am. A writer needs a room.
I started to research colors as soon as my offer was accepted and the contract signed. It turned out that orange inspired creativity. Exactly what I needed. I picked out a black and white damask wallpaper for one accent wall and metallic silver paint for the ceiling. I wanted a room that not only inspired me to write, but a room in which it would be impossible to fall asleep.
The day I closed on my condo my step-mom and I went in with paint and paper. My writing room was top priority. I could decorate the rest of the place slowly, but the writing room had to be move-in ready. While the orange paint dried we went to Ikea and I bought my very own desk and bookshelf. The first two pieces of brand new furniture I’d ever owned.
Moving in was pretty quick and painless. I had a few friends to help. When they all left I went into my writing room and set up. Desk, bookshelf, bulletin board, and my dad’s old desk as a printer stand. I set my computer up and put a coffee mug full of pens on the corner of my desk.
The next day, I got up and wrote. And it’s been the same thing pretty much every day since. With an inspiring place to write, it’s not so hard to get up early. So, I started a new routine. Every weekday morning my alarm goes off at 4 a.m. Yeah, it’s early. But I set the timer on the coffee pot so it’s waiting for me when I roll out of bed.
Every morning I sit in my beautiful orange writing room and write for two hours before work. In the beginning there were excuses to fight and days I didn’t want to get out of bed. But I always did. And now, a year and a half later, it’s almost easy. The hard part is when six o’clock comes and I have to stop writing to get in the shower.
I’m not sure if it’s the orange walls or the new desk that makes the difference. Maybe it’s just the commitment I made to myself and my writing. But since I made the time and the space to write, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’m a writer, after all.
What have you found inspiring? Are there any routines that make you a more productive writer?
Thanks so much for visiting, Emma! You can find out more about her and her work at www.emmaburcart.com, or by visiting her very entertaining blog, Occasional Epiphanies. She’s also on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. And if you’re interested in being a guest blogger here, please pop me a note at laurastanfill at hotmail dot com.