I know where I was on this day 18 years ago. I even know the clothes I had on. I know what was on the radio, who I was on the phone with–even the shrill in my mother’s voice when she asked if there was a movie on Channel 4 when the second plane hit the other tower.
This week will be impossible for a great many people today. Writing, journaling, is a therapeutic tool. It is a way for you to confront what you are feeling in a controlled way. It is a way to heal, reflect and analyze.
There is a way to control and deal with tragedy and mourning. There is a way to deal with loss outside of medication. Writing is a purge of the soul as well as a tool against the encroaching madness of the world.
On today, consider blank pages to scream on. They are always willing to listen.
I have decided that this mastery of language is what I love to do. Like all journeys to the pursuit of mastery, I have decided what things work for me.
I can write best at night or in the early morning. I need music and a clean, quiet space. A friend of mine created a playlist for me to write to. I have a lap desk that I write at, and–at last–a desk. Ironically, the desk is messy. There are papers, post-its an pens everywhere.
The desk looks like the inside of my head: busy and creative. Stacks of tangible imagination at the ready, anticipating my return and devotion. However, what is to be remembered is the space in which you write, is completely yours! You can make it up, create it, break it, as you see fit. But, the space must be able to be conducive to your writing!
The space must be geared to your writing! This is space is your reprieve from the world, to focus on creating the ones your mind hungers for. Make the space conducive to your projects. Make it comfortable to sit at for long period if you need to. I love writing with natural light–you may not prefer this.
You make your space how you want, and how it will best benefit you. But make the space. Honor your talent. Respect your time and talents. Keep writing!
There’s something amazing about having a space to create, to write or brainstorm. Writers are obsessed with space. Blank pages. Empty tables and notebooks. We have to have space!
The beautiful thing about a writer’s space is that you can make unique to your talent or even a project. The space, your space, should facilitate creativity! Favorite things, scented candles, even favorite writing quotes. Take the time to construct the space.