August 14, 2022

5 Essentials For Your Cosy Writer’s Nook

The words won’t write themselves, but a li’l help won’t hurt!

The words won’t write themselves, but a li’l help won’t hurt!

There’s something about cosy spaces that trigger creativity. Curling up against a window, sipping a frothy cappuccino, some mood lighting in the background— come on, you could pen a few hundred words in your sleep!

Finding or creating a space in which to write or be creative is really important. If you’ve longed to write a best-seller, or simply hope to finish a letter or an essay, a suitable space is important. It doesn’t have to be a luxe corner office, just a cosy writing nook with just the right amount of distractions.

My Writer’s Nook in New Delhi, India

Once you have cleaned up the floor, the ceiling, and de-cluttered your desk, here are a couple of essentials you must have in your perfect writing space:

#1. Bottle Of Water

You don’t want to feel parched during those long writing sessions. Get one of those glass bottles with colourful covers — won’t slip from your fingers, and looks great!

#2. Delicious Hand-cream

This is a personal favourite — I prefer having some scent on the table, often one that is reminiscent of the topic I’m working on.

However, after experimenting with Reed Diffusers & Scented Humidifiers, I’ve found my perfect match in hand-creams. They serve two prices for the purpose of one — moisturise your tired & hardworking hands, while adding a nice & gentle scent.

I started off cheap, with a simple NIVEA Men Crème, graduated to The Body Shop British Rose Hand Cream, and recently got gifted the Baylis & Harding Beauticology Ice-cream Sundae Hand Cream — stuff of dreams, I tell you.

Honourable Mention: Bath & Body Works Vanilla Buttercream Hand Cream

#3. Sugar-Free Mint

You know how they say you can touch your thoughts? Well, you can taste your mouth, and while most of us (hopefully) maintain decent oral hygiene, bad breath can be super distracting while you’re stuck to your desk, often breathing heavily while you’re trying to put pen to paper.

I’m personally a fan of IMPACT Mints, especially the Fresh Mint & Ice Mint flavours. They are sugar-free, strong & portable. You would also find them at most local supermarkets, or Amazon.

#4. Hardbound Notebook & Pen With Buttery Smooth Writing

Hardbound notebooks have timeless style & simple versatility — something every artist deserves. Whether you are a painter, a doodler, a writer or a designer, it's always helpful to have a basic & minimalist notebook for everyday use.

Try the AmazonBasics Classic Notebook — it provides plenty of space for notes, calculations, lists, doodling, musings, and more. It has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners for a finished look. It's also a handy travel companion — in case travel has reopened in your city.

For the pen, my choice is the Reynolds Trimax. It's a black gel pen that truly glides on paper. You can try options at your local stationery store before you decide on one.

#5. Noise Cancelling Earphones

Sometimes we all need a bit of peace. If you have young kids or elderly parents at home, these earphones are great at blocking out background noises.

In the past, you needed large over-ears to get good active noise cancelling (ANC), but you can now get impressive noise-cancelling even in small and portable in-ear earphones or earbuds. With some in-ear headphones, you can still achieve great isolation without an ANC feature due to them physically blocking your ear canals — but go for them only if you have a budget constraint.

The best noise-cancelling wireless earbuds with a truly wireless design that we’ve tested are the Apple AirPods Pro. They’re comfortable as they don’t enter the ear canal too deep and are so lightweight that you barely even notice they’re there.

Most importantly, their ANC is excellent; they do a great job blocking out the low rumble of ACs, and office sounds like background chatter and fan noise. Put on some focus music while you’re writing, and you’ll feel the difference.

Bonus: In case you need some inspiration designing your writer’s corner, here are some truly kickass ideas.

Disclaimer: Words don’t write themselves. You may have all the aides in the world handy, but its you who has to ultimately start the painful & frustrating process of squeezing out the first few words. Don’t worry, it gets easier with time.

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