I’m lucky enough to live by myself. No husband, no kids, no roommate, nobody to distract me from my writing but my cats and the occasional unwanted visit from my neighbors. For the last year I’ve written wherever I felt like writing, moving between soft surfaces like the bed, the couch, and my favorite chair by the fire whenever I needed a change of scenery. But I recently decided I need a dedicated writing space. (Well, ‘need’ is putting it awfully strongly. It’s more that I came to the conclusion it might be kind of nice and writerly of me to have a spot just for crafting brilliant fiction.)
It’s kind of a fantasy of every writer isn’t it? A beautiful room where you can shut the door and work on your craft – what a dream. My reality will be much more modest: a small table and comfortable desk chair in a corner of my dining room, a shelf (or two, or three) for my craft books and files, and a bulletin board on display for plotting charts and inspirational photos. Even though my vision is reasonable, it will take me awhile to make this space what I want it to be. (A finished novel isn’t the only goal toward which I move at a snail’s pace.) But I’m having fun pulling the pieces together, agonizing over a dozen pale grey paint swatches, and browsing Pinterest for ideas. (If you want to drool over some amazing spaces, just run searches on “home library” or “home office”.)
Where do you write? Do you have a room or nook set aside or do you just curl up with a laptop or pad of paper wherever the muse strikes? I’d love to hear about your ultimate home library/office fantasy or what you have now that works for you.