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I'm currently taking a screenwriting class, and in our first session the professor emphasized how important it is to make our writing time "holy."

When he said that, I found myself smiling and nodding. In a recent post I asked my readers out there what inspires them to write, and I shared my own challenges with getting myself to just sit down and write. There's always something to get in my way. Hmm, let me check my email! Hmm, I think I'll get up and grab a snack! Hmm, I wonder if anyone has liked that photo I posted on Instagram! Hmm, maybe I'll take a quick nap before I start! Does any of that sound familiar? If so, welcome to my world.

While the professor was talking about screenplays, writing is writing, and he is correct. To focus mentally and let the creative juices flow, it's important to disconnect from all the distractions out there. He suggested designating a special place that is only for writing to create an association effect. I have an overstuffed chair in my living room that works well for this. While my friends sit in that chair all the time, I use it only when I write, and over time I've begun to associate it with being creative. Now when I sit there, the temptations to procrastinate are still there, but they are much easier to ignore. That blue-and-white striped chair has become my "holy" space.

Do you have a special place in your home where you find that writing comes more easily to you? Or maybe a place outside your home, e.g. a coffee shop? I know an author who brings his laptop to his local pub when he's working on a book. Whatever works, right?

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at

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Jul 25, 2017 1:13 PM logic85    says:

Maria - your professor made a great point about sanctifying the time to write.... or as you noted, thing could always get in the way.

And for me - I do my unwinding writing (journaling) in the yard - and then more serious writing is done in the home office. I've tried to do the more serious writing elsewhere, but it never flowed - and I'd end up wasting time and then only was productive again when I got back into the office (maybe conditioned like you are with your chair). Anyhow, hoping to practice writing in a standing work station soon - the sitting and writing takes a toll.

Jul 26, 2017 6:52 AM skyone    says:

Great article, Maria !

Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m contemplating free-lance work, and this will be helpful.

This is helping me with my own books. But it opens up a can of worms for me.

Now I have to rewrite. Just thought I’d mention it.

Thank you.

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