Recently I was wasting time on Pinterest and discovered a little something called a writing shed. Clearly this is not a new idea, but it is a foreign concept to me.
I want one. The idea of my own little room detached from the house makes me giddy inside. Ah, the peace and quiet. No phones. No one knocking on my door and asking, “are you busy right now?” No dog barking his brains out every time the wind blows. Just me, my desk, my laptop or notebook, and my thoughts.
Sounds pretty heavenly, doesn’t it?
My writing space has changed a lot in the past year. Originally, I was writing in my home office. I spend at least forty hours a week in this room as I work from home. In addition to the desk I use for work, there is an old kitchen table in the room that I use for my craft projects. Since I spend a lot of time in this space, going back in after I clock out for the day isn’t always an appealing idea. To make it feel less like going back to work, I decided to use the craft table as my designated writing area. This worked out fine for a little while, but the room is in close proximity to the living room. Even with the door closed, the noise from either the TV or other people in the house talking was just too distracting, so I had to move.
The next option was designating a space in my bedroom where I happen to have a writing desk. There’s just one problem with this desk. It’s unusually tall. There’s a nice wide, cushy chair for the desk but it’s too short. It’s like being a little kid whose lucky enough to sit at the grown-up table during the holidays. I can resolve the issue by either finding a taller chair or chopping a few inches off the desk legs. Finding a taller chair is the direction I’m leaning toward.
Until that happens, or until I can get myself a shed (with central heating and air) my writing space will be my bed. There are a few advantages to writing in bed. For one it’s comfortable. I not confined. I can stretch my legs out. My room is at the back of the house, too, so I can close the door and shut out any unwanted distractions, except, of course, for the occasional barking dog. The disadvantage is that it’s tempting to just lie down and go to sleep.
All of this bouncing around from room to room trying to set up a specific place to write is getting pretty old, though. I feel like I’m spending more time on setting up the perfect space to write than I am actually writing. The sooner I work this out the better off I’ll be.
I’m always interested in the process of other writers, what works for them, what doesn’t. So my question to you is where do you write?