Q4U: A Room of One’s Own
We writers tend to make a big deal about the physical spaces in which we write. There are countless blogs and websites that feature photos of writers’ workspaces, and I admit I love looking at them. There have even been entire books full of photos of writers’ desks. I guess it’s fun trying to see what we can learn about a writer just from looking at his or her desk.
Most of us are dreamers, too, and so we spend time envisioning the perfect writing studio. Ah, I could be so productive if only I had a… (loft with a view of the ocean, desk the size of Montana, whatever). A couple of weeks ago an article in The Guardian dared ask, Does a room of one’s really help you write a great novel?
One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I can get restless sitting in the same place everyday, so I’ve got three desks in different rooms of my house (one of them being my office). Another thing I’ve learned is that I need a fairly uncomfortable chair in order to be productive. One of my desks has a super comfy “executive” chair and when I’m sitting it in, I’m more likely to lose focus and start hanging out on social networking sites. I lose track of time. Strange, but true, so most of the time I sit in the uncomfortable wooden chair (above) at my rolltop desk.
So tell us about your writing space.
Do you have a dedicated space for writing? What’s it like? What kind of workspace do you dream of? Do you think you need a room of your own to produce good work?
Bonus question: Know of any more good websites with photos of writers’ desks? Include a link in the comments.
Have a great weekend!