Virginia Woolf said, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
Well, obviously everyone needs money, but I believe the need for personal space is a necessity for any writer. Perhaps this is true for any creative person. Whether you write poetry, paint, scrapbook, or cross stitch, you need a room to call your own.
I don’t claim a particular space in which to write, but I’m very territorial when it comes to my laptop. Just ask my kids and my husband. As long as I have my laptop, I can plunk down anywhere and write. I can tune out almost anything–kids, television, background noise in a coffee shop. But, ask to borrow my laptop? Well, let’s just say I don’t react very nicely. For me, it’s an invasion of personal space. There aren’t too many material things I hold dear, but my laptop is one of those things, and in essence, it’s my “room of my own.”
Recently, a friend and fellow author, Greg Hart, has embarked upon a journey to create his own Writer’s Space. He’s been sharing his journey on a blog that shows pictures of his efforts and also offers low-cost ideas: Journey to Creating a Writers Getaway.
The topic of personal space has come up more than once during the past week. For a blog interview, another author asked me what my ideal writing office might look like. If I were able to pick a room–for my writing, for meditation, or to get away when the world around me becomes too noisy–I have many fanciful ideas, but there is one recurring theme: beauty.
For some creative persons, beauty is essential. Others seek calm. I know some writers and photographers who see beauty in anything–an industrial building, an urban landscape, a rubbish pile. Different settings inspire different people, but everyone deserves their own space. Whether that space is in a quiet office with towering bookshelves, the kitchen table, the whole wide world, or your own mind, a writer must have a room of his or her own.
Where’s your ‘room?’ Do you retreat to an office, or is the whole world your creative space? Where do you do your best work?