Monday, October 5, 2015

Cherishing Your Creative Space #MondayMotivation #AmWriting

A writer's gotta do what a writer's gotta do...
Monday Motivation

Never underestimate the power of setting the mood, especially when you're creating. We all have our little turn-ons that trigger something inside that calls our Muse into action. Whether it's candles, incense, a certain soundtrack, absolute quiet, that special space by the window, or noise of a coffee shop, we creative professionals need a place where we can easily tap into the flow.

What does your creative space look like? Do you need to have certain "things" nearby as you settle in to work? Whatever you have in your creative space that eases you into a state where creativity snaps isn't silly. Consider it all tools of the trade.

As creative professionals, it's important for us to protect our space. If you don't have a specific area--like an office with a door--then establish a place somewhere else and honor it as your creative zone. 

I've spoken before about the importance of habits that train our brains to be 'on' at certain times. Having a designated area that is yours for writing does the same thing. Not only that, it pushes away the outside world enough where we are allowed to slip into the flow while feeling safe with our 'stuff'. 

For me, it's candles or incense paired with music. Once I settle into my desk with those elements going, I'm completely focused on writing. Nothing else matters as I slip into my own little world. I have a friend who must be at a coffee shop with the buzz of people around so he can be stimulated by their energy. Each of us has a 'thing'--and we need to honor it. 

I've found that many creative professionals shy away from admitting their quirks, at least at first. I think this has a lot to do with the naysayers that already look at us sideways for working outside the box. Saying that we're "writers" can still get us those snorts and eye rolls no matter how many books we've published or how many awards we've won. As a result, we sometimes shy away from protecting our creative boundaries.

I get it. Many, many years ago now, a snide man at my son's soccer game said to me, "Be honest, Amber, fiction writing is just fiction, isn't it?" (He must have thought long and hard waiting to use that line on me.) I looked at him and said, "It's none of your business what I do." And guess what? I spoke the truth. 

It is no one else's business what you do, especially when it comes to nurturing your creativity. 

Maybe you don't want to claim that corner of the living room because you think your family will mock you as selfish or fail to respect that area as yours. Perhaps you don't want to spend your days at a specific bench in the park that invites you to write because you don't want to look like a loon to the other parents at your kids' school. Maybe you've denied your true nature for so long because of appearances that you can't fathom having a shelf of candles on stand-by so you can burn one every night when you settle in to write your book. 

Give yourself permission to cherish your creative soul without caring one bit about what someone might say. Need to rock out when you're writing? Do it. Use headphones if you have to but, baby, crank that music! Need absolute quiet but live in a busy household? Demand your time, set that boundary, and make them respect it. Want candles? Burn them. Live somewhere that doesn't allow real candles or incense? They have the battery operated ones now that have the same flicker, do that. Claim that spot in your home that is yours alone for your writing--even if it's a corner of a room or the middle of the damn sofa. Need to write during your lunch hour at your day job yet people keep interrupting you? Find a quiet area and retreat there--you owe no one an explanation. Does nature do the trick for you? Sit on that bench, write your heart out, and don't worry about the people who may see you. Do you need a steaming glass of tea within reach? Then make that happen. 

Honor your space--wherever that may be and however that may look for you. 

Listen, creativity is a gift. Do you realize how lucky we are to have this ability? If we don't nurture it ourselves--if we're not warrior-like in our protection of it--who will?

Look at your creative space today and make it yours--whether you're sitting on a cliff like the guy in the picture or surrounded by high energy people in a busy coffee shop--if it flips that inner switch for you, own it and never apologize or make excuses for doing what you need to do to honor your creative soul.

Write on!
Amber Lea Easton 

Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published author of nonfiction, thrillers, and romantic suspense. A professional editor and freelance journalist for nearly two decades, she created Mountain Moxie Publishing Services to assist authors in mastering the writing craft. Her memoir, Free Fall, is dedicated to spreading suicide awareness, has topped international best selling charts, and has been named by Dr. Prem as fourth on the "Ten Most Inspiring True Stories Everyone Must Read" list. Easton is also a speaker regarding parenting through trauma and suicide awareness. To discover more about Mountain Moxie Publishing Services, please go to For a list of all of Easton's books, articles and interviews, go to

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