I was inspired by a recent post about writing space to reflect on what works best for me. This changes, and due to work and family commitments I have developed the ability to write in most places. Tapping out notes and snatches of dialogue and prose on Evernote if I’m on the move works well, and I do try and keep a small notebook handy just in case I need to physically write instead. That may just be a personal quirk – like most people I type much faster than I write, but sometimes it works better if I slow it down. If I need to really think something through, nothing beats pen and paper for me.
Recently my sister pointed out that I carve out a study of sorts wherever I live. It seemed obvious when she drew attention to it, but I hadn’t recognised that it was something unusual. I have had beautiful old office desks, card tables, computer desks and dining room tables that have formed the basis of my evolving writing life. Whilst I can write nearly anywhere, I do like to keep the serious stuff and revision to home where the distractions are minimal and I can spread out.
My home has a small study off the living room, a space that can be closed off if required. I have bookshelves along one wall, a computer desk and filing cabinet on one side and an old office desk with a hutch below the window. This is where I do most of my writing and journal work. It sounds a bit bland as I write it, but this room is my favourite place. I have lots of different books on writing and an expansive dictionary and thesaurus collection, along with photos and trinkets from my travels. There are whiteboard stickers on the doors which I use for plotting and problem solving.
I am lucky, I know, to have this special spot in which to create and imagine and dream.
Where do you go to write?
With special thanks to the post by Dannie Travers for the idea.