So often, when writers start their journey into putting story onto paper (or into the computer), we do it as a hobby. It's that time we steal at the end of the night, or in the wee hours of the morning (I wrote Salvaged by waking up every morning at 3am and writing for a few hours before my boys woke up).
We hunker down in a comfy chair or at the kitchen table, our notes, inspirational photos and such are all strewn around.
It isn't very often that we actually get to the point of justifying the take over of a bedroom to create an office, but there's no reason that we can't find a corner of a room and create a nice writing space for ourselves. And for me, creating a space that brings on the imagination means that I have certain elements within reach.
When I first started, I used tape, push pins and sticky putty to hang inspiration photos on the walls around my make-shift desk. But I love the idea of using a cheap tension rod or piece of wire to hang them from clips. This makes them easy to move and change out, as inspiration changes from scene to scene or story by story.
2. Brainstorming Sessions
There are absolutely wonderful computer software programs out there that help writers stay organized. Virtual clipboards. Virtual notecards. But for me, I still like to go old school. There's something about being able to look up as I'm writing and see everything right there.
What I love about a wall of cork is the ability to throw just about anything up there. If something is inspiring, but you don't yet have a scene, character or location for it - throw it on the wall.
When you've got writer's block, get up and play with the materials loaded on the cork board. Move them around. Place odd things side by side. You never know what might inspire a new story line.
3. Outlines and Notes
This butcher block paper idea is so great for brainstorming and outlining. It's easy to use, the paper can be purchased pretty inexpensively, and when you're finished, just rip it off and start again. Great idea!
Most writers don't make a living on their talent. They do it because they love it, but there's no reason we can't surround ourselves with as much inspiration and organized chaos as possible.
Creativity lives in the brain, but I believe it can still benefit with physical manipulation and visual cues - make the most of a little bit of space and let that creativity run wild!