Make the Most of Your Writing Space

Adriana Trigiani Quote

With the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference East just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at a quote from the featured keynote speaker of this much-anticipated event — Adriana Trigiani. How does this bestselling, prolific and beloved writer go about her work?

“Everything has to be clean and orderly when I sit down to write. I have candles going, and small objects that remind me of what I am working on, or bring me into the world of the character.”

— Adriana Trigiani 

Don’t underestimate the power of your surroundings to influence how you work. If you’re struggling to stay focused or get into your creative zone, the solution could be as simple as reorganizing your writing space.

If your work space is in a cluttered, distracting environment, you’re likely to feel stressed and lack focus as you try to get down to business. Organize your work area in a way that relaxes you, removes distractions and lets you focus. Move to a quieter location, light candles, close the blinds — whatever works for you.

Similarly, Trigiani’s method of surrounding herself with objects related to her work in progress could also work for you. Imagine how the process of hand-selecting items to inspire your work will help you get in touch with the world inside your writing. These objects will serve as little reminders of what you’re supposed to be working on and should help keep you connected to your own creativity.


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There’s much to be said about the craft of writing. That’s why each week on the Abbott Press blog, we’ll take a look at what some of our favorite authors and thinkers have to say about this challenging, fulfilling and sometimes mystifying art. We hope these discussions will help you to further refine your own ideas about writing and to achieve new insights into your own creative process. 
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