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I am 36 years old, and have been writing/telling stories since I was literally a child. I have notebooks and notebooks of stories I wrote from kindergarten onward, so it has obviously always been a big part of my life. With that being said, can you believe I never had a dedicated writing space until now?

Yeah, me either, but believe it because it’s true!

I used to just always wrote wherever the fancy struck me. In notebooks here, there, and yonder, on the deck outback, the front porch, usually my bed. Over time, however, it has become increasingly apparent that I must have a truly dedicated writing space. As I get older, and as I see myself becoming more serious and turning this into a part-time (hopefully someday full-time) career I decided I had to make a change.

Hence this brand new set up! I have limited space at the moment, as the plans to build a writing studio are on hold because of insanely high prices. So until that comes to fruition, I have to work with what I have, and what I have is about five feet or so of space in a small room that I share with a lot of books and my bed.

I made it work.

Within this five feet I have made a small world that is just for me. Within it’s small borders there are encouraging books from some of my all time favorite authors, all of my writing notebooks, a big, shiny, new calendar to help me keep track of everything I need. I have new pens and all my favorite smells (Reading at the Cafe by Frostbeard Studio is the best), light up cat headphones, and a picture of my favorite human that ever lived (my Pappy Jack). It is a small space, a humble space, but it is mine and I love it already.

This is where I will release Transmission in just six weeks, and where I will edit book #2. I will write the majority of book #3 here, and I will write most of the content for my 31 Days of Horror (a self-made challenge) this October. I have such high hopes for this five feet, and I can already feel the changes for the good that it’s bringing me!

I never thought before that having a space like this mattered, but it does. It is forcing me to learn the difference between focusing on my work and shoving it aside so I can watch YouTube videos instead. I hope to be much more productive, and I’ll be sure to let everyone know how this is going as I move forward.

This is a new adventure, and it’s a fun one at that!

If you’re a fellow writer, what does your space look like? Did it change you for the better? If you aren’t a writer, do you have a cozy little spot that’s only yours? I’d love to see it if you do, so share with me! You can post in the comments, or on social media and tag #samanthaarthurs or #mydedicatedspace

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