Preptober: Writing Space

Like I told you yesterday in my post about brainstorming, I like to give myself a few days to ruminate over which project to choose. I’m still thinking about which project to write, but I’m not making any concrete decisions just yet.

I know, I know, I only have a month to get ready for NaNo. I need to get started on the actual planning! Times a wastin’!

But it’s not really wasted time. I have found that taking a moment to decide what I really want to write is far more efficient that rushing to choose something I’m not sure of and then changing my mind and having to start all over again down the line. So, I’m waiting.

But that doesn’t mean that I can’t be doing some very important Preptober work in the mean time! Success during NaNoWriMo is not just about what you’re going to write—but how, when, and where you’re going to write it.

One of the things I learned during Milwordy that was so essential to my success was that I needed a dedicated—and organized—writing space.

I did a blog post last year about cleaning up my desk so that I could actually work at it, so if you want to check that out it’s here. I kept the space mostly organized during that time, but admittedly, it’s grown a little rough around the edges.

Since I have some time today, I’m going to do a thorough clean and declutter of the area. I’m getting rid of unnecessary clutter, re-ordering my writing reference books and various notebooks, and going through my desk drawers, which…well, never really got that organized to begin with.

I know it seems like this is not very writing related, but just trust me on this. Clutter in your space clutters up your mind and makes writing harder. Plus, you don’t want to go hunting all over the place for a notebook or pen when you’re trying to focus on writing.

When you have some time this month, I highly recommend getting your writing space set up and ready. It’s not something you want to have to worry about in November.

Drop a comment below and let me know where you’re doing your writing this NaNo. Do you have a dedicated spot somewhere? Or are you one of those traveling writers that can write literally anywhere? I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for reading!

Published by Robin J

I’m an aspiring novelist who hasn’t quite figured out this whole writing thing. I’ve been scribbling down stories since I was a little kid, but only dared to dream that I could write something worth reading as I became an adult. At 33, I still feel like I have a lot of progress to make before I’m ready to try publishing, but I’m getting better every day. Typically I write Fantasy (of both the Adult and YA varieties), but I have dipped my toe in Romance and Sci-Fi. When coming up with a story to write, all I care about is that the plot grabs my attention and the characters tug at my heartstrings. The genre is an afterthought. I tend to set myself lofty goals. Mostly I fail, but occasionally I surprise myself and succeed. Either way, I enjoy being pushed beyond the limits of what I thought I could do. That’s what I’m hoping to accomplish with the Milwordy challenge. I may or may not reach the full million words, but I know I’m going to learn a lot along the way. I hope you will, too!

2 thoughts on “Preptober: Writing Space

  1. I used to be able to only write at a specific spot, but ever since we changed to WFH arrangements, I’ve needed to learn how to work anywhere, as well as write, and that’s been a boon. Anyway, wishing you all the best for NaNo!

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