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Take Your Writing Seriously – Make a Poster

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A poster with the words "Caution! Painting With Words"

Poster of my own creation, with photograph from Microsoft Clip Art

At the moment I’m living in a busy household with lots of distractions and interruptions. My writing time is suffering.

I decided I needed to send everyone, especially myself, a clear message. I needed a poster to stick on my door to show when I’m writing – to ward off those continuing interruptions (from family and from myself).

A poster with the text "#amwriting therefore #ambusy"

Another poster of my own creation with a photograph from Microsoft Clip Art

So for the past few days I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of designs. I’ve added my favourites to this post.

They’re all fun, but sometimes the simplest is still the best.

A street sign with the words "Writer At Work!"

All elements created by moi.

Having a poster serves two purposes:

  1. It clearly shows others when you’ve set aside time to write. If they continue to interrupt, you can point out your sign and say you’ll be with them after your writing time is up.
  2. Most importantly, it encourages you to take your writing time seriously.

Why not take a couple of minutes right now to make your own poster or sign declaring yourself a writer?

If you’re too busy for that, you can click on one of the above images to get a bigger version and use it instead. (Sorry, I don’t have high-resolution versions for print so they may come out a little fuzzy.)

What have you done to take yourself seriously as a writer? Let us know in the comments.

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Author: Jessica

A writer who refuses to pin herself down to one genre. I'm passionate about helping other writers find their Creativity and enjoy a prolific writing life. You can always contact me by writing to Jessica at creativitysworkshop dot com, or follow me on Twitter @jessbaverstock

5 thoughts on “Take Your Writing Seriously – Make a Poster

  1. Hi Jessica, interesting post and you are right – it does help to make it clear to you and the rest of the world that you are off limits while you are writing. In my day job, I am a video producer and we recently made a short 8 minute documentary ‘Life of a Writer’, in which author Kate Harrison explained why she had a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on her door. The film is freely available on Youtube if you wanted to take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auJWC-o-RiY

    PS – My favourite design of yours is the green one!

    • I love this documentary! It’s beautifully put together. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

      P.S. The green one is my favourite too!

      • No problem – thanks for taking the time to watch it and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m currently trying to share with as many writers as possible as I think anyone with even a passing interest will find something useful in it. Good luck with your writing too.

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