Challenge Yourself to Set up a Writing Space

31-Day Ninja Writer Challenge 2019: Day Twenty-One

Photo by Georgie Cobbs on Unsplash

You might be wondering why it took me so long to get around to this one.

It’s simple: you needed to build your writing habit first.

You’ve been writing everyday for 21 days. First — yes. You are a rock star! I’m so proud of you.

You’ve officially been writing everyday for long enough to officially have built a habit. You know. Officially. According to the people who decide these things. Scientists or something.

I hope that you’re starting to feel like a writer, down deep in your bones.

Because you’re going to set up a space to do your writing in today.

I have an office in my new house. I don’t like it. I thought I would. I thought I’d love it. I dreamed about office space when I was working in a corner of my dining room. But for whatever reason, I can’t get comfortable enough to work in there.

I often end up writing in my bedroom with a lap desk so that I can close the door.

When we first moved to Reno, almost ten years ago, we lived in a tiny apartment — me, Kevin, and three kids in about 800 feet. That’s where I got into the habit of writing with a lap desk sitting on my bed. I’ve never really broken it.

All of that to say: writing on your bed with a lap desk counts as a writing space.

Writing at your kitchen table counts.

On your couch with a TV table counts.

Starbucks counts.

An office inside or outside of your house counts.

All I want you to do today is think about where your space is. Claim it. Own it.

And think about what you need to transform wherever that space is into your writing space. For me that includes: good pens, notebooks, a computer, a yellow candle, and warm feet.


Where is your writing space? What do you need around you to make a space your writing space? Come over to Facebook today and share with us.

Make sure to read and write for 10 minutes each today.

I’m hosting a free writing workshop on Thursday at 8 p.m. My friend Rachel Thompson will guide us through a creative non-fiction exercise. Click here to register.

Don’t forget to check out the workshops and classes we’re offering for summer.

Here’s my secret weapon for sticking with whatever your thing is.

Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She is an out-of-place Nevadan living in Northwestern PA with her husband, three superstar kids, two dementia patients, a good friend, Alfred the cat, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes and is the original Ninja Writer.