Spring Cleaning For Your Writing Space

Spring Cleaning for Your Writing Space

It’s that time of the year when winter fades away and spring slowly emerges. With this changing of seasons, a lot of us turn our focus toward spring cleaning. The start of a new season mixed with the cleanliness of your home gives one the feeling of being refreshed and recharged.

Just like we spring clean our house at the start of a new season, writers can spring clean their writing space. No matter if your writing space is a desk in a study, or if it’s just your kitchen table and a lap top, spring cleaning will return your writing space to the organized, creative space that it was before winter. A cluttered writing space can make for distractions and slowed productivity.

Here are four tips to help you clean and organize your writing space:

  1. Discard old drafts. Unless you’re holding on to the very first draft of your first published work for sentimental reasons, the other various drafts you have lying around are just cluttering your writing space. If a draft has helpful notes or advice you’d like to remember, transfer them all to one copy for reference.
  2. Organize your files. When filing away your work, it’s helpful to have a filing system. If you do all of your writing on the computer, you can create multiple folders to help organize your files. For example, you can have a folder for the book, which contains a folder for the drafts, a folder for cover design ideas and a folder for final versions. If you print out or hand write all of your writing, you can use three-ringed binders with filing tabs to organize your work. By storing your writing in an orderly fashion you’ll have no problem finding a project and picking up where you left off the previous day.
  3. Clean out your desk. Maybe you eat snacks while you write, or maybe you crumple up draft you aren’t pleased with. Maybe all of the pens and notepads in your house have magically appeared in your desk. Putting things that are on top of our desk into a desk drawer is almost a natural instinct. It goes along with the saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” Well, not anymore. Empty out your drawers and return everything to its rightful place.
  4. Change scenery. You can do this by hanging up a new picture or painting, or by rearranging your writing space so that your desk and computer are by a window. The change of scenery will give you a different view and get you out of any winter writing ruts.  

These tips are meant to help turn your writing space into an organized place where your creativity can take flight. By clearing your writing space of clutter, you are clearing your mind of distraction. Without distractions your thoughts will be able to flow more easily while you write. 

 

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How do you spring clean your writing space?