I asked a handful of writers the same question:
What would your ideal writing space look like?
Their responses were…
Each is unique but emphasizes inspiration, whether it be through music, food, or a great view.
“My writing space would be a large room with lots of windows, so that I can allow as many thoughts from outside to come in. At the same time, my writing space would be a small nook inside a large room, surrounded by three walls so that none of my thoughts could escape once they came in.
“Just like every other solitary writer, I’ve always envisaged my writing space to be murky. A little sombreness always brings forth wonderful stories. As a writer, I’d admit, I would love to have my own space full of crumpled paper of obscure poetry and half written stories. I would want it to always smell of coffee and well, always have coffee. That would be my little corner, reserved for my thoughts to brood and grow.
I’d want a window for my mind to fly while I pen my thoughts down and a box of strawberries to hush my growling stomach. I’d want to be surrounded by books, from authors new or old, from all sides, to accompany me while I give life to stories. I’d love to have pictures of the ones I love and fairy-lights hanging low on my walls, with their warm twinkling glow. And maybe a small bed to rest my tired self.
I’d want stars and moon and pictures of everything that can give wings to my imagination. Lastly, I’d want it to be my the space where my dreams and aspirations take the form of life itself. :)”
– Akansha from Brooding in the Tepid Dusk
“My ideal writing space already exists. It’s a room at the public library in the next town over. One wall is entirely windows and looks out on an overgrown field where families occasionally walk through and explore the little wooden gazebo. On the opposite wall there’s a fireplace–unfortunately artificial, but still comforting on grey rainy days. The room is filled with antique desk stalls that give the impression of total privacy and separation within such a public place, and its couches and chairs completely absorb you, encouraging you to stay and read for awhile. The whole room has a tangible creative energy to it, and the only sounds are the clicking of laptop keys, the scratching of pens, and the turning of pages. It’s truly a writer’s paradise.”
“My writing space? I’m not exactly sure. When I start writing, I go into the zone. No distractions, no music, nothing. Just me, my computer, and my noise cancelling headphones. But I guess that’s still a place. A space where it’s me, ranting and typing like a mad scientist in a over-dramatic science fiction movie. In my head, it’s just a black background that canvasses everything. The only thing visible is my workstation and me. Plugged in, focused.
Look out for my take! Coming soon!
- inspired by this post from Live to Write – Write to Live
My buddy Jamie showed me this: