A Room of My Own

I love my office.

Having my own writing space has always felt essential.  It stimulates my creativity to be surrounded by book cases filled with reference materials and my favorite novels.  I love being able to spread out my files and notebooks and still have room to switch between typing on the computer and writing longhand without dumping stacks onto the floor.

The more I write, though, the less I find I need to be in my office to do it.  I can take my notebook and work on my novel in the waiting room at the garage while my car gets serviced  or settle in at a cafe for an hour and fill pages with words.  I can soak up the creative energy of fellow writers and share some of mine with them when I meet with my writing circle or write at a retreat.

How liberating to know that I can access my writing brain no matter where I am.

When I’m working at home I can often be distracted by life, but I have one thing there that I can’t have anywhere else, and that is my desk.  It’s the reminder I need, when I feel like I might be wasting my time, that someone else thinks I can write.  Bruce built my desk for me because he believes.  That is the most important thing in my room.

Where do you like to write?  What makes that place special for you?


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7 responses to “A Room of My Own

  1. Love this! It is great to read your writing! I am especially touched by Bruce building your desk, because he believes. So sweet!

  2. Shary,
    Congratulations on getting your blog up! I just got mine up and running as well. I had a hard time figuring it all out, but now I’m having a ball with it. I enjoyed reading about your experience of writing. I look forward to reading more.

  3. M.

    Your writing space is gorgeous! I love how neat and clean it is (or perhaps I should say that I envy how neat and clean it is!). I often write at my computer but love taking a break and writing in little window desk in the corner, which is usually free of clutter and has mountain views — it’s always so nice to get off the computer and, as you mentioned in an earlier post, “write with joy.” Thanks for a great post!

    • Confession… I tidied for the photo. It’s not usually very messy, but there are two stacks of papers and folders on it right now. They might get several inches high before I deal with them.

  4. Shary, I love your writing space! That desk is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t have a writing space and will sit anywhere I find an empty spot, which is a shame because I believe writers should have a space where they go to to beckon their muse. I hope that you will pursue your writing for a long time to come!

  5. Linda Verdon

    Dear Shary, You have more than one who believes in you. Bruce is your main guy…. but you have your mom and dad… and me and Deby, Alicia and Lola… We all believe in you and your writing ability… You rock… not just as a writer, but as a friend… You are the best… and you can write….Love Linda