I’m always so boggled by those people who write in coffee shops or with music blaring – I’m the sort of writer who needs complete silence and no distractions. Even a library is too distracting, with all those gosh-darned people milling around. No people for this hermit!
Until recently I had always written at my super cluttered kitchen table, or occasionally on the couch. And I did a lot of good work in those places. But I recently changed things up in my guest room/sewing room/catch all room-where-I-throw-random-things-because-no-one actually-sleeps-in-there.
I had no idea how thrilled I’d be by a dedicated writing space. I’m now writing at an antique sewing table that belonged to my grandfather, and one of the best things about it is it’s really too small to allow any clutter. So it’s just me and my computer and a massive window. Now I harbor dreams of a gorgeous garden in the backyard, to improve the view. But that’s okay – I’m awfully fond of dandelions.
I asked the other Project Mayhem-ers for photos of their work space, whether dedicated or not, public, or private. Check them out!
Dianne Salerni (whose brand new MG THE EIGHTH DAY has just been released!) used to work here, with her loyal assistant.
But as she retires from teaching and transitions to full-time writing, she is moving into this shiny new dedicated writing space!!
Paul Greci uses a treadmill desk, which seems like it would be great for those writers who get the best ideas when they go for long walks. (Personally, my best ideas come in the shower, but I can't imagine a set-up where I could actually write there.)
Caroline Starr Rose wrote MAY B in a tiny little 3’ x 5’ closet. This was her view.
So the lovely little reading & writing nook she has now is a great improvement. (Not that her work in that closet suffered any!)
Here's where Matthew Rush writes. His only explanation was "It's very dark." Now I'm wondering if his work is thematically dark, too...
And Braden Bell. Well, I’m not sure I should share these. They might cause some severe jealousy, which we know is a normal part of the writing process. But I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced this sort of writerly jealousy before. Here’s where Braden writes:
But if it helps, he does concede that in the summer, citronella candles are a must, or he gets eaten alive. Maybe the bugs are jealous, too.
Where do you write?