Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Writing Space of Our Own

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed
We writers are an odd bunch. A bit focused on the material world, even though we spend most of our days inside our own heads, far removed from reality. Still, good luck tokens are important – a special pen, the right mug filled with our favorite beverage, a certain routine required before we put fingers to keyboard or pen to paper, and a place to do our work.

I had a table – small, wooden. It looked out onto an apple tree in the backyard – birds at the bird feeder, turkeys eyeballing me through the pane, the occasional deer. This was where I wrote about Gertie Johnson, my Michigan Upper Peninsula sleuth, before the kids came home from school and filled the house with sound.

Eden Elliott, protagonist in the upcoming Scottish Highlands mysteries, is a romance writer. She finds her muse in a secluded warren inside a pub called The Kilt and Thistle. 

These days I’m more flexible, able to enter the worlds I create from most physical locations. But some of them are more magical than others. Ajijic, Mexico in February, for example. Right down the cobblestone street from my beautiful rental apartment, I found the ideal spot. That’s it shown above. A shady table, wandering cats, birds singing, the soft drone of human voices in the background. My fingers flew on the keyboard like they never have before. I’m hoping once spring arrives (will it ever?) I will find another outdoor space to match that one.

How about you? Where do you like to write? 


Aurian said...

The only things I write are reviews, and my computer is in the livingroom, next to my humongous bookcase. I love looking at all the books I still need to read when the words won't come.

Deb said...

That is the perfect writing space for you then!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

What a gorgeous photo!! I like to write on my glassed in sun porch--it has glass sliders from the floor to the ceiling and there are always a few (or more!) cats dozing out there. It's heated for the winter and air-conditioned for the summer. A cozy spot...I usually end up with a cat sitting on my lap, but that's okay. :-)

Deb said...

Mary, that sounds divine!!

Shirley said...

My needs are pretty simple. I write in a small room that has a recliner for reading, a dresser that holds a tiny TV, and a sewing cabinet that faces a green pegboard wall filled with hooks and shelves holding sewing supplies. Perpendicular to the end of the sewing cabinet, I have adjusted my ironing board to the perfect height for writing while using my comfy sewing chair. The ironing board allows plenty of room on either side of my laptop for notebooks, pens, and papers, and everything is easily cleared if I ever feel the need to iron.

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