7 Feng Shui Tips to Inspire Writer’s Creative Flow
Feng Shui is the idea that the energy of a space and the occupant’s power is connected. According to this process, to feel harmonized, you must organize your space in a way that reflects positive energy. Here are some Feng Shui tips for successful authors.
This process originated in ancient China, and the term translates to “wind-water.” Authors often struggle with inspiration and motivation. Writer’s block is a genuine problem for most authors, judging by the overwhelming amount of self-help books and sites available to inspire lost writers.
Added to the stress of deadlines, one thing will pile up on the other, causing overwhelming stress for an author. Writing environments can be the key to inspiration, quality content, and keeping calm.
Feng Shui can help a writer gain all these things, and a positively energized space can be just what one needs to produce quality writing. But how can this be achieved?
Feng Shui for successful authors
#1. Work at a neat and tidy desk
A cluttered desk full of papers and files can strongly contribute to stress. Invest in some desk tidies and a filing cabinet, and keep the desk as empty as possible.
Try to avoid clutter, and avoid doing anything at the desk other than writing. Your desk should be a “strictly writing” area. Have a pinboard above it with motivational pictures and whatever notes you need immediately on hand. Keep the pinboard minimal so as not to distract you from writing.
#2. Have plants in the room you work
Especially green leafy plants. Plants around you will help you connect with nature, even indoors for most of the day. Green lush plants are brilliant for purifying air, making your room less stuffy, which is what a writer needs.
Even if you have a deadline to reach and don’t have time for a walk in the park, watering your plants is enough to get you back to grips with nature and provide a much-needed sense of calm. They will also add a touch of minimalist décor to a room.
One easy access to the air-purifying plant is the Ivy plant. These are available in most garden shops for very little money. Ivy plants will purify the air in your space and fill it with clean oxygen. They are easy to grow and will remove most pollutants- especially formaldehyde.
#3. Don’t work in an overly decorated room
Keep it minimal. Too many colorful furnishings and cluttered décor will distract you from your writing. Natural colors, such as white, cream, browns, and greys, are ideal for writing spaces, as it appears cleaner and will prevent mental clutter.
Try only to have essential furniture such as a desk, bookcase, cabinet, etc. If you plan to write in the room, don’t put a TV or a sofa. These will distract you and make you want to procrastinate. Space is for writing, not relaxing.
Don’t have too much décor. Plants, desk organization, candles, minimal photo frames, and small ornaments are acceptable. Magazines, old birthday cards, CDs, posters on the walls, etc., are not necessary to inspire inspiration and calmness, and they will distract you from your writing.
#4. Take breaks to meditate
Every Writer should meditate and reflect. Meditation walkthroughs can be found online, in video and text format.
Meditation can unlock unlimited ideas within oneself and be a great source of calming during times of stress. Another brilliant method of finding inspiration is reflection.
As Quakers demonstrated, inner reflection is a process In which one sits in a darkened room and is left alone with their thoughts.
This can be done in any room, although I wouldn’t recommend a distracting environment. Your writing room may be ideal for this if you have followed step 4. A clean, minimalist environment can distinguish between an enlightened experience and wasting time.
#5. Work in a well-lit room
Make sure your writing space is well lit from all angles, and you do not struggle to see what you are doing no matter what time of day it is. Light is the most potent manifestation of energy, so a well-lit room will present the most positive energy. Light rooms will also keep your brain active and prevent lapses as the natural daylight fades.
#6. Organize your space well
Try to make your writing room as far away from your bedroom as possible and not associate home life with work. Keep your desk far away from the door, and never have your back to it. Something as simple as this will help your office’s energy stay commanding and professional.
Clear the entry to your space, and ensure the door doesn’t swing back into anything. This is symbolic, as it represents keeping the door open for opportunity.
Place a mirror near the entrance to bounce back good energies into the room. However, it would help if you never had a mirror directly across from a door as it will reflect good points out of the room.
Another key to organizing space is to make the direction clear and not to put things In the way of the desired path. Awkwardly placed tables and shelves confuse guests and can ruin a whole room. Keep spaces open, including a rug if it looks too bare.
#7. Tidy and declutter regularly
This may seem obvious, but being in a space that requires equipment being used often, can get very quickly cluttered. Papers, folders, manuscripts, and notes all need a specific place, which is why desk tidying was previously advised.
Constant decluttering will keep the room tidy and minimalist, and removing unused/unnecessary notes will keep the insides of your drawers clean and organized. If you don’t need it, get rid of it. Clear off your pinboard and remove any useless paper.
Constantly writing requires notes and plans, but as you finish each project, file everything you noted in a folder dedicated to the project, or get rid of it.
This will help you concentrate on your current project and give it to the best of your ability without dwelling on what has already been done.
Feng Shui’s key is to ensure your environment contains only the most vital things needed for what space is and make it a positive place. Any successful author will have a well-organized, well-lit, and uncluttered writing space.
Feng Shui Tips For Successful Authors: Conclusion
Following these tips could help you and your writing tremendously and help you produce quality work and have excellent mental clarity. Feng Shui is hugely helpful when trying to inspire creativity and prevent procrastination.
Good energy in your writing space could be the difference between Writer’s block and ongoing work & finished projects.