Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Importance of Workplace

The Inventionland Design Factory - my fantasy work space
The workplace, defined here as the space where you work and/or play, may be a reflection of your mind. 

Think about it. If our external life is a mirror of our inner world, then wouldn't the actual workspace tell us something about our mental processes? How we think, structure and organise? How we create?

For example, this is where I write and though it's not on par with my dream space of Inventionland Design Factory, it has a lot of plusses.

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My work space compares and contrasts with these creative spaces, and creative minds!
Neil Gaiman's writing space

"You need a room with a door," says Stephen King

Tina Fey, actress, comedian, writer, and producer's writing space

Where Charlaine Harris writes.
For me, the importances of the creative workplace boils down to feeling good. I have to like where I am to immerse in the story and allow it to unfold. Think 'stimulating, atmospheric and most importantly, isolated'. 

I have to work in solitude, where I unplug the phone and close down the social media and simply be with the words.

What about you? What's your idea workplace?

We'd love to hear.

Kim Falconer's latest release is out now - The Blood in the Beginning - and Ava Sykes Novel. Find this novel in a store near you.

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Helen Lowe said...

Hi Kim, I think workspace is really important to the creative process but it's also important not to get tied into a "must" in terms of where I create, ie so although my life and workspace were upended by the 2010-2011 earthquakes in my home city of Christchurch I still had to find a way to keep going and stay in touch with my creativity so I could complete WALL2 (The Gathering of the Lost). But perhaps a sign of the toughness of that situation was that I had to get away from all of it to finish WALL3.

Perhaps the most important aspect, rather than where is how/what, ie the door that can be closed so there is uninterrupted time for the creative connections to happen, which is why one of the most important doors that has to be firmly closed is that to the internet, which is a kind of contemporary Bable of babble.

SUAdministrator said...

Helen, I think all the authors at Sup, and maybe all authors everywhere, would agree with you. Creativity requires isolation, the uninterrupted connection to the process.

A psychological retreat, as much as a physical one.

Kim Falconer said...

I agree too!

Helen, I don't know how you did it, how you produced, and continue to produce, the amazing Wall series while in the midst of such 'near and present' disruption.

I live with my son, his wife and three children aged 2 - 12. I have my own little space, yes, but the interruptions, noise etc demands a Zen state, and a good set of headphones.

I also love the proximity, for many reasons, even if I could live like Chiron, in a cave on Mt Pele, all by myself! There is a chance though, that the challenge aids the creative process, like pressure on coal, you know?

That's what I choose to believe! Still, soundproofing for any artist/writer studio would be a boon. And off with the internet, for sure.