Today I have the privilege of moving into a new place—one that my fiancee and I are very excited about. It'll be the place her and will call home once we're married, and for the next few months, I'll be living there on my own to break the place in, so to speak.
Yesterday we did a walkthrough of the place, and it got me thinking: how does physical space facilitate or detract from creativity? Our place was built in the 30s and it's definitely old and quirky. And that's totally what we were looking for. I can't wait to move in and start writing.
I find it sort of mysterious, really. How one room can make you feel ready to put pen to paper or start strumming a guitar, while another can make you feel bored or sleepy.
Me? I like lots of space and natural/warm lighting. I need to feel like I can stretch out and spread out when creating, and I feel stunted or creatively claustrophobic if I can't. Yet I work with other creatives who love darkness and a bit of clutter.
I suppose I could think of technical reasons why physical space influences, facilitates, or prevents creativity, but I'm okay leaving the question unanswered for now. I guess it's just more rewarding to focus more on finding, building, and setting up the kinds of spaces that inspire me and motivate me to create.
So what kind of spaces inspire you to produce? What kind of spaces stunt your creative growth? I think it's important that everyone has a creative space or spaces. Whatever that looks like. It's good for the soul.
Oh, and happy Canada Day.