Creating My Perfect Writing Space – Daily Quote


I don’t know if it is OCD, but I like it when things are immaculate and ordered. There is a satisfaction in having a place for everything, and everything living in its assigned spot. A clean house, sparkling windows, freshly folded towels, spotless floors, and warm homemade cookies are my idea of a comfortable abode.

My writing rituals are no less rigorous. I set specific, time-sensitive writing goals, schedule a time to write and analyze my progress. I demand high standards. Expecting perfection, my results are often less than gratifying, and yet, better than I hoped. A clutter-free desk and a blank document allow my mind to concentrate on writing without distraction.

What is your perfect writing environment?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

16 thoughts on “Creating My Perfect Writing Space – Daily Quote

  1. I have a corner of my apartment where my desk is. I wish I could afford a place where I would be able to have a room dedicated to writing, but I’m happy with what I have. At least I have a window that overlooks the San Lorenzo River.

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  2. On this last day of OCD awareness week, can I comment on OCD? Orderliness as an OCD symptom is similar to cussing as a symptom of Tourette Syndrome. It’s the well-know, stereotypical typecast, but hardly definitive. Obviously, people without Tourette cuss, and many people without OCD like orderliness because it’s, well, orderly. True disorganization is at least as prevalent in OCD sufferers as orderliness. For years, my office was absurdly disgusting–just huge piles of paper stacked on the floor that I didn’t touch year after year. It drove my boss and my board crazy, and it made them question my ability. Then I medicated my OCD and I suddenly was compelled to clean it all up. When Sam Hunt lovingly highlights his OCD writing retreat, it’s like me praising chemotherapy because I don’t need to cut my hair.

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    • Jeff, I realized in our society OCD is a throw-away term used often in a derogatory or self-deprecating way to apologize for wanting things neat and orderly.

      The clinical definitions encompasses so much more and is defined as either obsessive thoughts and urges or compulsive, repetitive behaviors. Those behaviors manifest differently in each individual. Yes, there are “washers”, but the diagnosis can also include hording, counting, and unusual checking of things.

      While the sufferer may realize their actions don’t make sense, they are compelled to do them. They can’t not do them.

      I hope this post didn’t offend you, it wasn’t meant to, but I do understand the difficulties faced by with the diagnosis. Thanks for reminding us. 😊


  3. I live in a studio apartment with two offices’ worth of books I had to bring home. Plus the library already here. I try not to think of the room I do not have.

    I write in the morning, first thing. I sit cross-legged on the bed where there is a blanket handy, should my shoulders feel cold. Beforehand, I’ll put on coffee and usually rye toast, which I’ll go get when ready. I typically don’t know what I’ll write. Sometimes I worry about that. Sometimes I guide the writing regarding what kind of thing to write: something seasonal, something personal, something spiritual. I write. I write some more. I choose something, find an image to go with it. I post something. I keep writing. I stop then either go to e-mails or to reading.

    The space is anything but ordered (back to responding to the question). I think of how I want the space to be and will make some effort toward that before the end of day. Or not. Depends on ideas, boxes, will, and energy.

    Great question! Thank you.


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    • It sounds like you are surrounded by lots of old friends, Christopher.

      I love your description of your writing routine, and commiserate with you over not knowing what to write when you begin the process. Like you, I find coffee helps to shake the words from my brain and get them on the screen.

      I find when I have a large, daunting project facing me, I commit to working on one small part for ten or fifteen minutes. If it goes well, great. And if I lose steam that is OK too.

      Best of luck to you, and thanks for sharing. 😊

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