A Room of my Own

We’re moving house! From a 2-bed to a 4/5-bed. I’m so excited because the really great news is that I’ll finally have my own office and with that a space for my writing and crafting.

Now I’ve always tried to be relaxed about where I write. Grabbing writing time wherever I can – the backseat of a car, on a train, a crowded cafe, in bed, on the sofa. I think it’s important not to get too tied down to writing in a particular spot at a particular time. Writing in new locations is a great way to get a new perspective.

At the moment, my set up is a desk in an awkward corner of the bedroom. But I never use it as it is slowly being invaded by my husband’s belongings. It’s not ideal.

So the idea of having my own writing space has massive appeal. I admit, a secret pleasure of mine is googling author’s writing rooms to see how the space they surround themselves with compares to their writing. Who wouldn’t want a place for all their books. A wall for sticking up notes and ideas. The perfect armchair for lounging in and most importantly, a door to shut out distractions.

Of course, all this means that for the next month at least my life is going to be up in the air, with countless distractions to take me away from my writing project.

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  1. I wrote my first book in an upstairs bedroom, installing a large desk, file cabinets and book shelves. I could close the door and reference materials, and pin boards for notes were right at hand. It gradually became a catch-all through my second book, too cluttered for thinking. The third book was written largely on the sofa (I had a lap top by then!) but it took far longer due to interruptions. The fourth book was born in another upstairs bedroom, sitting in my grandmother’s rocker and gazing out the window at the sight that would eventually become my potager. I agree that a writer shouldn’t be tied to a specific space, but I found it helpful during large projects like books. I write my blog in my shed when the weather is nice, or at the kitchen table….never upstairs, I’ve just realized!

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    1. I love that each of your books are tied to a different place, and it sounds like it arose almost naturally for you. I wonder how much each of those spaces influenced the feel and mood of the works you created. Someone recently mentioned to me that Susanna Clarke, author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell wrote the book by candlelight. I like to think that’s true, you can almost sense the flickering candles as you read it.

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