A lot of writers have a specific ‘space’ where they do all their writing, whether it’s their bedroom, a library or the hallway closet. I’m really fascinated by how particular we writers are, and how important these spaces are in getting our creativity going.
Here’s a link to some famous author sheds. Turns out a lot of writers used to have little huts filled with books and a comfy chair and everything adorable and perfect. I want one!
I have two spaces. My bed where most of my short stories and poems are hatched, and my desk where I am now. It’s got my thesauruses (yep, plural), dictionary, my beloved Strunk and White, a writing award I got in year 10 and even a pair of earplugs.
But why is it so important that we have these spaces? Why do we need these little nooks to tuck ourselves away and scribble? Stephen King said that we need to “write with the door closed”, to avoid any distractions and focus entirely on the writing.
Do you write with your door closed? I usually forget. It’s probably the reason I don’t get much done. Maybe I need a shed.
I’m curious about what kind of lengths writers (you guys) go to when trying to write. Do you surround yourself with reference books like I do, or do you keep it clean and just whip out pen and paper? Do you play music, or do you need silence?
When you think about it, so many of us are like divas and rockstars, the high maintenance creatives who need 53 red jellybeans and a white mink coat before they go on stage. Okay, maybe not the mink coat. But we definitely need our own space. And a bag or two of jellybeans wouldn’t go astray.