Today’s visiting professor is author Bella Andre. Being a firm believer in the force of positive energy, I took Bella’s Feng Shui workshop and have since organized my workspace. I’ll take all the help I can get when it comes to getting my creativity moving!
Whether you are a Feng Shui believer or not, there’s nothing wrong with having a great workspace, right? Bella is here to share her thoughts on the subject.
Take it away, Bella!
During the past few years, I’ve given several FENG SHUI FOR WRITERS classes for RWA, both online and in person at chapter meetings. I tend to get into the details pretty quickly – the specifics of what to move, where to move it, and whether to get rid of it all together. But today, I’m feeling like approaching the idea of Feng Shui from a completely different angle. [Funny, the same thing always happens with my books after I outline them. ]
You’re probably wondering, what is the point of Feng Shui for writers? Well, the basic tenant of Feng Shui is that all of us live our best lives – and do our best work – in environments that suit our particular needs and personalities. This is why one size does not neccessarily fit all. For the most part, people work best in rooms that are clear of clutter. However, there are cases where people are comforted by smaller spaces, by darkness, by having things all around them. Have you ever known anyone who has dragged their mattress into their closet? I know two. It wouldn’t work for me, but it’s the only way they can get a good night’s sleep.
I’m notoriously “tough-love” when it comes to Feng Shui – but here’s all I’m going to ask you to think about today: Think about every space you’ve ever written in. (Office, Starbucks, your car, your bed, an airplane, etc.) Think about the best scenes you’ve ever written. Is there a constant element present? Were you at home? In public? If you were at home, which room were you in? Was there music? Silence? Were your kids and husband around? Was the TV on? Were you outside?
Now, all you need to do to give your career a great Feng Shui jumpstart, is to try to recreate that situation as closely as you possibly can on a daily basis. i.e. If the only book that ever “wrote itself” happened while you were vacationing at a lake, surround your office/workspace with artwork/photos of lakes, add a fountain with running water, get blue curtains, add pillows with lake motifs.
It’s a simple exercise, but a very powerful one. And of course, I’m happy to answer any more specific Feng Shui questions if you’ve got them, so fire away!
RU Crew, does your workspace need some positive energy? Bella will be here to answer questions on how to make that happen.
Thank you to Bella for a great post. Join us on Wednesday when John Arden Warwick returns for another installment in his series on men being capable of love.
Bella’s Bio: Bella Andre has always been a writer. Songs came first, and then non-fiction books, but as soon as she started her first romance novel, she knew she’d found her perfect career. Since selling her first book in 2003, she’s written twelve “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publisher’s Weekly) about sizzling alpha heroes and the strong women they’ll love forever. If not behind her computer, you can find her reading, hiking, knitting, or lunching with her favorite romance writing ladies. Bella lives with her fabulous husband and children in both Northern California and a ninety-year-old lakefront log cabin in New York’s Adirondacks.
Bella’s latest release, NEVER TOO HOT, is the third book in her Men Of Fire series.
A TOUCH IGNITES. A FIRE BURNS. AND THE HEAT HAS JUST BEGUN.
Deep in the cool green mountains of the Adirondacks, wounded firefighter Connor MacKenzie has come to rebuild the 100-year-old MacKenzie family cabin–and to be alone. A horrific blaze has left him scarred inside and out and certain of two things: He’ll get back on his Hot Shot crew no matter what it takes, and any woman who ventures too close will not stay long.
Ginger Sinclair has been burned by a different kind of fire. Having just escaped from a bad marriage, she’s retreated to the safety of the lakeside vacation town in upstate New York to start a new life. She’s done with men, with relationships, with the danger of desires that can rage out of control–until she unexpectedly encounters Connor MacKenzie. As a hot summer on the lake grows ever hotter, they find themselves sharing a cabin and a romance that will swiftly engulf them both.
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