Writing in a Cupboard – by Jane Ayres


Photo by Jane Ayres

A dear friend recently reminded me that I once wrote in a cupboard.

In a previous home I rented, space was very limited but the bedroom had a large walk-in wardrobe. Since my clothes only took up a fraction of the space, I realised my computer desk would fit in perfectly, with a stool tucked underneath and I could close the doors on it. This became my writing space, and very successful it was too. I was both prolific and productive during that time.

When I got a new pc with a small flat screen, I decided that maybe I would be even more productive if I relocated to the downstairs living space, wedging the desk between my piano keyboard and the TV. If I wanted to write, I only had to move from the sofa to the chair. One stride! Had to be even less effort than going up stairs? Big mistake, but it was months before I realised this. It was much harder to focus in this environment and too easy to leave the TV on and get distracted. My output dropped.

Yet, in the snug and encompassing cupboard I felt safe enough to write. When I feel protected, there is no need to worry about what is happening in the world around me – I can then safely enter the creative space. I realised that in order to write, I need to feel secure in the outer world before I can enter the inner.

To find out more about Jane’s publishing experiences, go to her blog http://www.janeayres.blogspot.co.uk

Her trilogy of Matty Horse and Pony Adventures books for pre-teens and teens (and nostalgic older readers!) are available for Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. All profits from these stories are going to Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

Matty and the Moonlight Horse is FREE to download until 23rd October 2012.

2 thoughts on “Writing in a Cupboard – by Jane Ayres

  1. You know, I understand this completely. I spend most of my time at work these days, on an open kiosk in the middle of a shopping centre, but I have a lot of downtime, so I try to write. It’s pretty difficult not to be self-conscious about every single word. Once something is finished I want everyone to see it, but the process is a private thing.

  2. Hi there, writing can be a strange process and there is sometimes a weird experience of being self-conscious in front of oneself, which sounds a bit crazy. It’s like the outside self is judging the inner self. Or maybe one level of inner attacks a deeper inner layer. Writers must make great subjects for psychiatry!

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