But--what on earth has it got to do with writing? I hear you ask.
Lovely Blog Readers, you may mock me and jeer at me as much as you like, but for what it's worth, I think that at least one of the basic principles of feng shui can indeed be
a useful tool in the writer's armoury and it's on my mind right now at this very moment. (Warning: there will now be a shocking confession and at least one image of a distressing nature).
Lots of writers work in a sea of mess and clutter. I am no exception, and am definitely NOT a naturally tidy person. But from long and painful experience, I find that if I de-clutter my environment then I am much more productive. It makes sense (to me anyway). Take a look at the picture below, forinstance. Untidy, eh? I'm not sure how my desk got like this, but let's blame a combination of 'I'll definitely do it tomorrow', too much interference from external factors and not enough time spent writing for now. Does that sound vaguely plausible, or should I just bundle it all under that shameful P-word*?
What I need to do now is to spend half a day tidying and sorting to produce a Harmonious Writing Environment Conducive to Creativity. It makes me feel horribly tired to contemplate doing it. But I know that if I don't, the pile to my left (and the pile to my right, but I'm not showing you that--there is a limit to how much cluttery sluttishness I will expose voluntarily), will niggle at me and prevent me from concentrating properly. So here's that vital feng shui desk equation:
De-Cluttering=Clean Desk Energy=Creative Flow
Trust me--it really does work, even if I should probably have couched it in terms of 5 jade lotus flowers or something. Now, excuse me while I sort myself out and find the polish. I have a novel to write and I can't do it with my desk in this state of anarchy.
* P for P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N, the curse of all writers.