Some time back I realised that I was balancing notepads on my knees and music keyboards on my lap. At about the same time I noticed that I wasn’t writing or recording as much as I would like. The problem was that I didn’t have the right environment to create; I didn’t have a creative space. I needed somewhere to go to write, to draw or to record music. And so I redecorated the room, bought a new desk and added a couple of shelves. I put everything I needed to be creative at my fingertips, I had created my very own creative space. I was unable to use the excuse that I had nowhere to go and create. The picture above is my current creative space.
My hierarchy of needs
I am easily distracted. I like to know where things are. These were the two principles that I held onto while I pulled my creative space together. I made sure that the surroundings were neutral, plain white walls and apart from a plant or two – to give a little oxygen – I kept my little corner simple. I also made sure that everything I needed was within reach, pens, computer and music recording equipment. Two simple principles but they have improved my creativity no end.
What do you need?
Just a little thought… you are not me. In fact no two people are exactly the same. You may need chaos to be creative, you may need the visual equivalent of a symphony orchestra bombarding your sense. So to help you develop your own creative space spend a few minutes, or longer, pondering these questions.
- What is your favourite recent creation?
- Where were you when you created it?
- What in your environment helped that creation?
- What in your environment hindered the creation?