Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feng Shui and the Writing Life

By Ronda Simmons

If you find your writing habits have grown stagnant, try feng shui-ing it up. The literal translation of Feng Shui is wind water. It symbolizes the Chinese concept of good fortune. 

It's often associated with the placement of objects in the home, but it's much more than that.

Feng Shui and Writing Space

The purpose of Feng Shui is to improve the flow of energy to foster harmony in our existence. Using the principles in our writing space can improve our creative flow. 

1. Clutter

A messy environment blocks your flow of creative energy.

2. Position

Placing your desk or writing surface facing the door can improve your focus and control so you're doing your best work

3. Atmosphere

Keeping things in your writing space that inspire your creativity. Books, photographs, plants, or candles may help your creativity soar.

To understand more about the application of Feng Shui, check out these articles:

9 Feng Shui Tips for Writers

Feng Shui for A Writer's Office

Feng Shui And The Electronic Devil

Feng Shui can be applied to your computer files and desktop.

Limit your search frustration. Find a streamlined method to keep track of your projects. Whether it's flash fiction or the latest essay, we've all lost track of a project. The irritation can create a block in our positive energy flow.

If you don't need a file on a daily basis consider saving it to an external hard drive. Use your desktop for work in progress.

Applying the principles to your computer: 

1. Clutter

Get rid of the files and applications you don't need. Organize files for projects.

2. Position

Place your computer or laptop in an optimal writing position. 

3. Atmosphere

Choose a screen saver or wallpaper that makes you feel at ease.

For More on The Feng Shui of Computers:

Feng Shui Your Computer

4 Quick Feng Shui Tips for Your Computer

Feng Shui And Submissions

My clutter-buster is keeping track of my submissions. It can be done with minimal effort by using spreadsheets. I use them to keep track of critical information.

I know to whom I've submitted, on what date, if I've received any response, and when I should follow-up. 

This is a small time investment that can save you in the long run. Agents and publishers hate to receive repeat submissions of the same versions of projects.

There are some writers who've done the work for you already. Sarah Salecky offers her version for free.

Feng Shui And Revisions

I'm often drowning in a sea of revisions. 

NCW friend and author, Jaime Raintree not only presented her organizational tips at last year's NCW Conference (just one of the amazing things you can discover at the conference) but she offers her system for just $10.00.

Feng Shui is steeped in tradition. Much like tea, you can go the full ceremony or you can do what I do and dip your bag of Lipton and call it good.

In any case, making some small changes to your routine might shake up your creative energy and get you moving on the page again.

For more on Feng Shui:

Feng Shui for Writers

This week's Tech Tip isn't an application, rather it's a list. How 50 Famous Authors Find Writing Inspiration.

It's no surprise much of it is contradictory, like "write drunk" or "give up drinking." You might find something that speaks to you. 


Anita Fonte said...

I prefer my desk by a window, but the other tips are good ones.

Ronda Simmons said...

Thanks for your comment, Anita! I agree with you about windows. Being able to look out a window when you're writing is totally in line with Feng Shui concepts.

This website goes into great detai about desk placementl:

Happy feng shui writing! Ronda

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