When work takes most of my time, I write on my journal wherever I am, whenever I can. In the house, I have a table for writing on notebooks, and a computer table. It’s that simple, but then, I am not a well-known writer. It’s always interesting to know how writers write… here are some glimpses into the writing spaces of some writers:
Amy Tan describes her writing space as “womblike.” In New York, she has an office which was once a closet; and in San Francisco, her writing space has a window covered with drapes: “I cannot deal with distractions,” she says, so the curtains are there to block the view.
American novelist and young-adult and children’s writer Alice Hoffman paints her writing space, her office, a different color each time she begins working on a new book. She also decorates the room with items that reminds her of the book she’s working on.
Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr., a poet, writer, and filmmaker, writes mostly at 3 a.m. at one of the branches of International House of Pancakes.
Eric Maisel, in his book A Writer’s Space, Make Room to Dream, to Work, to Write, says that focus is the writer’s goal in choosing or designing a writing space: “Like a surgeon, your goal is to focus. You want to muster your resources and canalize your energy.”
According toMaisel, “As a general rule a large space dissipates energy, noise produces distraction, views rob the mind of neurons, toys cry out to be played, and even a book near at hand is a reason to stop early.”
Maisel says that a church is also a good analogy for a writing space: “You will do better with a quiet room, a closed door, a serene view or no view at all, a little organization (and all the mess you like), and that feeling in your heart that you are in the only church you need, where you pray poems and praise prose.”