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July 10, 2017

Feng Shui for Writers / Books for Writers



Amazon

I’ve always been fascinated by Feng Shui, and I’m such a serious writer that I’ll try anything to make me a better writer. M.C. Simon offers ways to master our lives. She thoroughly explains what Feng Shui and Chi is and walks us through the steps to incorporate both, as well as the five elements, into our work space.

Some of her tips:

“Don’t face any empty wall. Decorate it, or else you will always have a feeling that you face obstacles.”

She suggests room dividers for those writers who have to work at home in a bedroom or the living room. A divider will separate our home life from our work life. A rug can also work because it marks the start of our writing zone.

“If you have no way of facing the door, and you must have your desk where you back will be toward the door’s direction, you can cure this situation by placing a mirror in front of your desk, so your eyes can observe the door behind you at any moment.”

Each section of a room had a purpose and M.C. Simon offers tips to utilize each area to bring out their benefits. EX: “Your career as a writer is represented by the north direction. In this area, place elements that symbolize water and metal.”

She also walks us through where to put our desk and how to decorate it.

As a writer and someone who loves to do interior design, I love all of her tips!

Check out this book and balance the harmony of your work space!




QUESTION: Have you ever tried Feng Shui?


53 comments:

Chemist Ken said...

I haven't really tried it, but I did decorate my basement office in kind of a medieval alchemist kind of style. Gets me in the mood to write the kinds of stories I write. Don't know whether it's because of Feng Shui or not, but I definitely don't like having a door behind me. Makes me feel too vulnerable.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not tried it but my walls are definitely covered and I can see the door.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

My desk faces a window, but I have to keep the blinds somewhat slanted because otherwise the outside activity - cars going by, people walking, etc - distracts me. I focus on looking up through the slats to see the tops of palm trees against blue sky. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I've been scared countless times when I had my back to a door and someone would come in when I didn't know.

Chrys Fey said...

Well, that's good!

Chrys Fey said...

I have to pull my blinds up, otherwise my cats will be very mad at me and they'd make sure I won't get any writing done. lol

cleemckenzie said...

That's very interesting. I'd never thought about the wall I face, but maybe that's because I don't face one. :-) My writing view is a window (some glare in the downside) with a forest view that extends out to the Sierra Azul Mts. (inspiration is the upside). Thanks for mentioning the book.

A Beer for the Shower said...

Never tried it. However, after reading that, it seems that I'm doing exactly what I should be doing, and I had no idea the whole time. No wonder I'm so productive!

Pat Hatt said...

Does it also have suggestions for the occasional cat that strolls along the keyboard? lol

Chrys Fey said...

I used to face a window. Now the window is a little to my left and only because my new desk is too big. It blocks the window and can't fit facing the door. Oh well. lol

Chrys Fey said...

Some of Feng Shui can be instinctual.

Chrys Fey said...

Hmm...I don't think so. lol

Carrie-Anne said...

I've never tried Feng Shui, though I've known about it for a long time. My friends in my pro-science and skeptic groups would slaughter me if they knew I don't automatically dismiss it as pseudoscience! Not everything needs explained by science.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I'm always interested in feng shui but hadn't thought about it for productivity in writing. It sure makes sense though!

Chrys Fey said...

Nope. Not everything needs to be explained.

Chrys Fey said...

I was the same way. Feng Shui can be used for so much. The benefits are boundless.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My desk is decorated with computers. Plus singing Olaf and a dancing Groot. LOL

Chrys Fey said...

LOL

How many computers do you have? :O

Birgit said...

I have never tried Feng Shui but it seems I am doing a little of it so far. My walls are never bare and I have nothing where my back is facing a doorway. Now, other than that...I know nothing:) I just decorate with what I like and that's what makes me feel centered and happy.

Murees Dupè said...

Thank you for letting me know about this book, Chrys. I tend to move things around regularly, because I feel it improves my creativity and keeps things fresh. Starring at a blank wall made me feel very anxious once.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm not into the Feng Shui, but I do have things set up in all the ways you mention.

Janie Junebug said...

Penelope likes fengshuation, which is punctuation arranged in a way that is pleasing to the eye. She learned about fengshuation at the same time she learned state capital letters.

Love,
Janie

nashvillecats2 said...

Something I haven't tried Chrys but sounds interesting.

Yvonne.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Sounds like a really cool approach. I'd never thought of feng shui being something that could help writers.

Thanks for sharing!

Juneta key said...

I have used aspects and elements of feng shui. I keep telling myself one day I will use it for whole living area in references to room decor and all. Thanks for the book recommend.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Mandy said...

I don't necessarily believe in feng shui, but I agree with a lot of the quotes you shared from the book. Like, I have to face the door. And I can't stand looking at an empty wall while trying to think of new things to write about; it really does make me feel like I have a blank mind. Maybe I'll have to check this book out after all. :)

With Love,
Mandy

Chrys Fey said...

Decorating with what makes you feel centered and happy sounds like Feng Shui to me. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Moving things around does seem to free up the mind.

Chrys Fey said...

Then maybe you are into feng Shui just a little bit and didn't even know it. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Fengshuation. Love it!

Chrys Fey said...

I've always found feng Shui to be interesting.

Chrys Fey said...

I hadn't thought of it helping writers either, but it makes sense.

Chrys Fey said...

I keep telling myself that, too.

Chrys Fey said...

Then some things with feng shui resonate with you. That's good!

Janie Junebug said...

Penelope thanks you. She knows she's clever.

Lisa Thomson said...

Very interesting! I read much about Feng Shui many years ago. I still find it fascinating. I just rearraged our living room and moved my desk from North (facing a window) to South end, facing a wall (which I have decorated). I love it! Thanks for sharing these tips, Chrys.

Liz A. said...

I found the best book on Feng Shui (well, it was recommended), and since then I've incorporated it (a bit) into any space I can. The book is called Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. It's written really well with great examples and humor. I recommend it highly.

sage said...

Can't say I have ever tried Feng Shui or done any reading on it, but there are things about my office that has traveled with me from location to location.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I've never tried Feng Shui, but I do know what the author means about not facing an empty wall. That's why I made a big collage on the wall above my desk with pictures of friends, postcards, and interesting quotes. I like looking up at it while I'm writing.

Tamara Narayan said...

I've never tried Feng Shui, but it sounds fun. I'm facing a green curtain right now, because my desk faces a sliding glass window/door and the sunlight is usually too bright for me to handle. There's plenty of stuff to look at around the desk though. Too much stuff. This place needs a major clean-up session.

Sarah Foster said...

I've never tried Feng Shui, but I'd probably benefit from it! I'd probably need a bigger place in order to rearrange and decorate. My desk isn't even used as a desk anymore, more of a place where my husband leaves all his books and papers.

Crystal Collier said...

Interesting stuff. You know, I get over all these problems by facing my desk in front of a window. Nature tends to be the best visual inspiration for me.

Magic Love Crow said...

I love your mission for us! Thank you! I have never tried Feng Shui, but I do think it's interesting!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you like the new arrangement!

Chrys Fey said...

I will be checking that book out. Thanks for the tip!

Chrys Fey said...

Well, that's good. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I need more art on my wall. I currently just have one picture in front of my desk...and it's black and white. Hmm...

Chrys Fey said...

My desk was once beside a sliding glass door. I would often sit and just stare outside. Right now, my desk is next to a window. Luckily, I'm not as often distracted as I was with the sliding glass door.

Chrys Fey said...

You need to reclaim your desk!

Chrys Fey said...

Nature is a great visual. It's art and it's free! My desk used to be in front of my window, but after I got a new desk, which is bigger, I had to shift it to the side. I wonder if that's why I haven't written in my WIP since November!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you saw that. I was waiting for someone to mention the mission. ;)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

We're always looking for the magic bullet, after all.

Chrys Fey said...

We are. :)