If you are committed to writing but often have unpleasant emotions connected with it—worry, fear, tedium—take a moment to imagine how much more fulfilling your writing would be if your feelings were pleasant. Since I am a writer and have faced these things, I'm offering here one little suggestion for replacing negative feelings with positive ones.
The one suggestion is props. If you've had anything to do with the stage, you know that props are important for creating atmosphere. Props can also create an ambiance for your writing area. They can be flowers, a cup or glass of a favorite beverage, artwork, a special chair, a stack of books you love, dedicated writing instruments (if you write by hand), framed favorite sayings, etc. When you make the effort to set up such a spot, you communicate to yourself that your writing is important.
I am privileged to have a dedicated writing area. The only prop I add to it is my little tea pot filled with Yorkshire Gold tea. This isn't every day. Just those days when I know I must knuckle down and get a lot of writing done.
What if you don’t have a particular writing area but must move from place to place? Obviously, your number of props will be limited, but even one or two special things carried with you will enable you to make a little writing space for yourself.
What props do you use? Let’s hear from you!