Writing Habitat

Rich, constructed environments that writers create work in...the place in which a writer chooses to write and the objects that populate that place.
— Cydney Alexis, The Material Culture of Writing, 83

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Home

My primary writing space is in my room. I love natural lighting, and prefer my desk to be facing a window because I also get ready in the mornings at my desk. In my room, I go between my desk and my bed, my bed being the option for when I want to be a little bit more comfy. My TV usually sits on a bookcase next to my desk, and I will occasionally write to the TV show Friends, if I'm doing something that doesn't require my absolute attention. I like having a cleared off desk when I write, but with the materials I'm using — a printed out prompt, my texts, and my notebook easily accessible. If my desk has makeup products or my brushes on it from that morning, I have to tidy before I write, even if I should just start writing. Being crunched for time does not impact the fact that I work best in a tidy space. 

 Derby Dining Center

Derby Dining Center

 Bluemont Hall Courtyard

Bluemont Hall Courtyard

 Arrow Coffee Co.

Arrow Coffee Co.

 K-State Student Union

K-State Student Union

mobility

Because I take 17 credit hours, work 20-30 hours, and am involved in a couple clubs, I tend to be on-campus for long hours. Other writing spaces include Arrow Coffee Co., Starbucks, the Bluemont Hall courtyard, the K-State Union, Hale Library, or the checker stand at Derby Dining Center (if I happen to be checking that day at work). I have a mobile writing habitat because of time—simply I cram writing in my schedule where I can get it to fit, and write wherever I may be at the time. I sometimes struggle being productive when I go home because it is so easy to get distracted instead of doing any kind of writing. It's easier to get work done in places other than my living space. 

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Objects

My bedroom has two windows on one wall. The one on which my desk sits under has a plant on the windowsill, some mirrors, and my makeup brushes. I keep post-it notes handy for notes, to-do lists, and ideas. Beside my bed, the other window has more plants, candles, a picture of my mom and me, and my polaroid camera. The main lighting in my room is the candles, my bedside table lamp, daylight, and string lights I have hanging. I choose to have these objects surrounding me because they all calm me in some way. I have a love of plants (though I accidentally kill them sometimes, but I mean well) and having lit candles when I'm writing puts me in an element.