I have this fantasy and it’s a lovely one about having my own writing room. You see at the moment my desk is crammed into a corner of my living room sandwiched between a wall and a 50” television. I also have a very busy house with lots of teenage and adult children not to mention the dogs and cats so someone always wants my attention. I can’t complain though, through necessity and determination I have managed to write both my novels in that corner, with the help of an iPod shuffle to drown out the constant noise. What I’d really like is my own space somewhere the kids and husband can’t bother me. My husband bought me a summer house to turn into an office but when my back was turned he filled it with junk and still hasn’t put the roof on. So this week the question was – what would your ideal writing room look like and where would it be.
I’d be quite happy with a little caravan at the bottom of my garden; I would decorate it in pastel shades of pink, blue and green. Have some gorgeous curtains, cushions and bunting made and fill it with all kinds of shabby chic, hand painted bits and pieces of furniture and accessories. A kettle would be a must and my flowery Roberts radio. I would probably not do much writing at all because I would be too happy to just sit and stare at my own little piece of writing heaven. If I could transport the caravan anywhere it would probably be not that far away, a secluded spot near to Windermere with a coffee shop in walking distance would be wonderful.
So let’s hear where the other write romantics would love to be able to write in an ideal world.
I have a vision of what I would like my writing space to look like. I would like an old writing bureau with lots of drawers and little shelves to put all my stationery nick-nacks on. I’d like loads of book shelves packed with all my novels and how to books and lots of other storage for all my bits and bobs. I’d like a huge whiteboard where I can jot down ideas and plot out stories, noticeboards to stick inspirational pictures on, and inspiring quotes on the wall. I’d also like a window seat brimming over with cushions and a sofa I can lounge on for my thinking time. Don’t want much do I? As for where this would be, I don’t really mind. The idea of a log cabin in the countryside surrounded by fields on three sides and a wood on another sounds romantic. But a spare room in my own home would do. I just really, really want my own space to spread out in and be creative.
Oh I would have to say anywhere secluded where I wouldn’t be interrupted but close enough to civilization that I could walk to a coffee shop for refreshments. I dream of a place in palm beach and after a few hours writing I would walk along the sand, perhaps even dip my toes in the water, walk back and feel even more inspired
Helen R xx
My dream writing place would be a large summerhouse in an orchard at the wild end of a cottage garden. This dream, by the way, is the product of many wasted hours watching property-porn, mostly Escape to the Country, where such luxuries abound. My summerhouse would be insulated against the cold so I could use it in winter and naturally it would have power and wi-fi. It would be painted in that expensive-looking off-blue colour outside and white inside, with a massive desk and lots of shelf space for books and stationery, a comfy chair for reading in and the wherewithal for making drinks and snacks. I’d make it cosy and colourful with cushions, bunting and pretty china, and as I gazed out at the idyllic surroundings I would be very, very inspired.
“I get very engrossed (some might say obsessed) by the places that I’m writing about and now I’m writing the book set in Orkney my ideal writing space would have to be there. I fell hopelessly in love with the little town of Stromness when I visited last year and this house in particular. It’s the one on the right of the picture with the ladder on the roof.”
The view from there looks pretty much like this.
I love it when I’m away from home and can just sit down and write for as long as I like. There is something special for me about writing first thing in the morning I love to sit and write longhand as the birds sing, greeting the new day. On one holiday early each morning I sat on the balcony of the hotel, overlooking the sea and wrote. Another I sat out on the terrace each morning, with the sound of the river rushing by and wrote. So I’m guessing my dream place to write is somewhere warm, close to the sea or ariver, but most importantly, where normal daily life can’t find me!
My dream for my very early retirement is a beach hut with nothing more than wine, a laptop, some sunscreen and a perfect view. I’d quite like some people to mill about so I can ‘people watch’ but I don’t want them to interrupt me overmuch as I will be writing another best seller! It will more likely be at Southend on sea rather than Dorset or Southwold, but it will be just as loved and it will be just for me!!