Just the other day I read a post on an excellent blog that I follow regularly by Jeff Goins – the title of the post was Your Clutter Is Killing Your Creativity (And What to Do About It). It was ironic that that post came along when it did because I had just done what the post recommended – clean up my workspace and create an area conducive to creativity and work.
The value of sacred spaces
I’m a big believer in sacred spaces – those places where you can get into the zone instantaneously and do what you set out to do. My car is a sacred space for prayer as I spend so much time in it due to my commute, and I’ve placed special icons in my car to help create the proper atmosphere. The minute I enter this “sacred space,” I am in the mood for prayer.
Creating a sacred space for writing and reading
I needed to do the same when it comes to reading and writing. I had all the pieces – comfortable rocking chair, a small desk for my laptop, a bookcase for my books, and a large window looking out onto the deck and the bird feeders.
However, the pieces were not assembled in an orderly and pleasing manner. So as part of my New Year’s resolution, I organized a sacred space for writing and reading.
#1 – Collecting and displaying my library
I can’t tell you how nice it is to sit at my laptop and see my library in front of me. It’s small, but has plenty of room for growth.
I’ve just started collecting antique books and now I can display my favorites:
#2 – A comfortable place with pictures to inspire
My writing and reading area is comfortable and contains pictures to inspire me . . .
#3 – A way to organize my reading
. . . and a place to organize my reading (4 new books from the library yesterday!):
#4 – Making the resolutions
The sacred place is set, ready for my New Year’s resolutions:
- To write for a minimum of 10 minutes every day
- To expand my reading to include authors that inspired Louisa May Alcott, including these basics:
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
(I know this is a tiny list for a whole year but I’m a painfully slow reader, and this is in addition to my Louisa reading. Guess I will have to add getting to the gym at least twice a week a resolution so I can get more reading time in!).
- To complete my research and finish a first draft of an essay regarding a member of Louisa’s family
- To find out more about writing for older children
Creating the sacred space was the easy part, now it’s on to the hard work! Wish me luck.
Do you have any special resolutions for 2012?
Happy New Year to all of you!
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