Steven Bruce is the author of Thrown Up, and co-author of Dark Matter 8. His work has featured in Picaroon Poetry, No Tribal Dance, Forword, and The Black Light Engine Room Literary Magazine. He has read at many live events including The Stanza, Crossing the Tees Book Festival, and The Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret. He currently studies the MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University.

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Steven Bruce writes with a surgeon's knife rather than a pen.

—Bob Beagrie, Lecturer and Poet

Steven Bruce's poetry is intelligent, sharp, and demands to be heard.

—Mandy Maxwell, The Stanza

The Writing Habitat

Hello, and welcome to The Den. I thought the first post should be a quick look at my workspace. And I’ll give some tips and inspiration along the way.

Let’s start with the most important part, the reading area.

“...a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” 
—Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones

It consists of a tub chair and a small table. That’s it. This space also doubles up as a guest’s seat, if a friend intrudes. Reading is essential to your growth as a writer.

Next, the writing spot. I’ve gone for function over fashion, as you can see from the picture. It’s a desk, chair, and printer. I try to keep it clutter free. I find it hard to focus in a mess.

Now, I don’t only write here, I write anywhere I can: cafés, on the bus, funerals, etc. I also edit, research, submit work, and curse rejection emails. Writing is hard work and it’s good to have a space where you can crack your knuckles and get serious about the art form. 

It’s important to get into a good working habit in your habitat.

Moving on to the décor. I’ve plastered the walls with book pages, so there’s always some inspiration close by. I added some colour with a photograph from a local photographer, Keith Matthews. And finally, there’s a bookcase, a couple of cacti, and a scented candle. 

Adding your own unique decorative touch is key to making your habitat homely.

This space has become a vital tool for my writing process. I can close the door to the outside world, put on some tunes, and focus on improving my craft.

I hope this post has been if anything, a little inspirational.

Are you thinking of creating a writing space? Do you have one already?

Feel free to post your questions and comments below, thank you.