Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
I don't know that I agree with Annie Dillard. But she's a Pulitzer-prize winning author and I'm not. My intention is to have an office that has a view of the ocean. I have the whole room mapped out in my head. Where the reading chair will go, what light will hang over it. The color of the cashmere throw if I get chilly from the ocean air. The book lined library next door with the cool little ladder to reach the books on the top shelf. I've even thought about what I'll be drinking and eating on my breaks. I think I write better in an appealing workplace, no clutter on my desk, or in my head surrounding by objects that I love, my books, my elf that holds a picture, my favorite office supplies. What about you? What is your workplace like? Do you agree with Annie Dillard? Today, write about your ideal writing workplace or maybe you already have it and you'd like to share. Then after you do your daily reading check out Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own". Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag
Labels: Annie Dillard, Virginia Woolf, writing space