In my new novel, Skye Littleton becomes a certified feng shui practitioner. At best, I dabble in the practice. I very much believe rooms (and homes) contain energy, and I do my best to balance those energies, especially on a limited budget.
The previous house I lived on Long Island in had extra bedrooms, one of which I converted into an office space. I also put my treadmill in there, thinking it could be a place of “productivity” no matter what. However, the energy always felt “off” in that room, and when I brought in a space clearer, even she noticed. As it turned out, I lived in that house for no more than one year. Maybe it was always meant to be a transitory place.
When I moved to Billings and my husband and I bought our house, we converted the two basement bedrooms into side-by-side offices. I wanted a wall color that stimulated creativity, so I opted for a bright tangerine color—for the entire room. Western feng shui says the color orange stimulates creativity, and I have to agree. I also wanted the bright color because the room was sub-level.
Using a bagua map, I positioned my writing desk in the wealth and prosperity corner of the room. I also keep two coin banks nearby, and placed a Japanese token of luck and prosperity that a friend had given me in the “power corner” of my desk.
I surrounded other areas of the room with special items:
- A framed photograph of my meeting Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, the two of us holding each other’s books, along with a photo of JT holding his copy of Friends of Mine.
- Side-by-side prints of Wonder Woman and Superman in the relationship corner, connoting strength, power, bravery, and fun.
- A framed photo of my husband and me in the relationship corner of my desk, along with a photo of my grandmother and me.
- Two bookcases, both filled.
- My bachelors and masters diplomas.
One thing I’ve always strived to achieve in my writing spaces is less of an “office” and more of a “studio.” I had intended to put a couch in the room, but I couldn’t fit one because of the narrow staircase and the angle of the room’s entrance. I do miss having that studio feel, so that’s one thing I hope to change, if I can find the right couch.
When we first converted the rooms, I’d liked that they were separated from the rest of the living space—as if we could go to work and leave work every day. However, I was soon bothered by the basement’s “bottom” energy. It was also colder in the basement than anywhere else in the house. So I posted notes on bulletin boards (I put up a vision board too) such as “I’m on top!” and “My books are warm and fuzzy.” (Getting a space heater helped as well.)
The space is definitely a work-in-progress, as is my writing. It can always be better. The good thing about writing is that you can do it almost anywhere. But I find that a space, and one that makes you feel good while you’re in it, is an important part of the process.
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Discussion: Where do you write? Do you have a special space devoted to your writing? What would your ideal writing space look like?
My two feng shui go-to books: