Friday, August 6, 2010
Show us Your Writing Space
If I'm feeling meditative I can look up and see trees and sky outside. As I write this, there's a misty rain coming down. The leaves are wet and shiny and every now and then a leaf falls or a raindrop plunks down through the branches. Most days there are fantails skipping through the trees but today I can't see any birdlife at all. According to the weather forecast we're due for some heavy weather and perhaps that's why the birds have gone to ground. Unusually, I have the house to myself, and except for the hum of my computer, it's very quiet. An ideal writing day. Above right is one of my paintings where I tried to capture the effect of light through the trees, and below left, a photograph of a walkway and stream nearby.
My writing space is in the corner of our dining room because it's warm and light. I could write in another room, and sometimes I long to be more isolated but the warmth of this end of the house wins out, at least during the winter months. I have bookshelves nearby and of course the coffee is just a step away.
The first professional writer's space I had the pleasure of visiting was Daphne Clair's. Daphne and Robyn Donald are two multi-published New Zealand writers. I attended their weekend workshops at Kara School of Writing. Being in Daphne's writing space, high up, overlooking a rolling Northland landscape, was awe-inspiring.
I'm fascinated by other people's writing spaces and I thought it would be fun to do a series. If you'd like to include a pic of your space on my blog please send it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org with a link back to your blog, website etc. Please tell me a little bit about your space and why it's important to you. I'll tweet and Facebook as I go along. I can't promise to include every one but I'll do my best!