A Corner of My Own

I’ve been thinking about the importance of writing space since running Emma Burcart’s guest post last week.

My 4-year-old loves the shiny new floor, but I'm excited to add some cushy throw rugs.

While I don’t have a writing room of my own, we’re turning the basement workshop into a family office. The final major piece was sealing the concrete floor, which happened Monday. I think it looks a little like marble. My daughter says it’s more like ice. (She proceeded to ice skate around in circles between the wood beams.)

Other than moving the furniture back in, we still have to add throw rugs, window treatments, bookshelves and baseboard molding.

My corner will feature a massive desk and a filing cabinet. I’ll hang a beautiful etching by the artist Betty MacDonald featuring a woman with bird’s nests in her hair. It’s one of my favorite pieces of art, and it reminds me of the crows in my first finished novel.

I’ll have to decide how else to dedicate my space to writing. Perhaps I’ll hang my Hero’s Journey map on the wall. Or put up some fun quotes. I’m sure I’ll continue to write at the kitchen table while the kids sleep, but I look forward to having a dedicated writing space in the house.

Do you have a writing room? Or a writing corner? How have you personalized your space?

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14 Responses to A Corner of My Own

  1. I live in a small, 1950’s style house. There’s 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 5 people living here along with a very, very spoiled poodle. “Cozy” is a good word for it, but really a lot of days it just feels too tight in the house for all 5 of us. My writing space is our kitchen table. I can’t write on the couch or in my bed, or anyplace really that doesn’t have a hard, flat surface. It’s a fairly large table and I always sit facing the window, even though with the curtains I can’t see through it.

    I like the idea of a writing room, but I feel like it would get too quiet. I like hearing the noise of the house going on, or at the very least, having the Weather Channel playing in the background. Something about the music on the Weather Channel is great for getting me in the mood to write!

    • Wow, it sounds like you guys must use space really effectively! My house is a 1950s one, too, but there are plenty of rooms, which means I keep more stuff than I need. I love the image of you working in the kitchen with all kinds of distractions happening around you. What great discipline! And there’s something about background noise that allows you to tune the world out and delve deeper into your work–or at least that’s what I find when I work in coffee shops.

      • Chaotically is a better word than effective it seems at times!

        I like the background noise just for that reason. I can hear myself think too much when it’s too quiet! But oddly, I can’t work in public. I can’t write in coffee shops or at school, or anywhere really other than my kitchen table (where I’m at now!).

        • Chaos is good for the soul… or something like that! Interesting that public sounds are distracting but your house noises are more like white noise. It’s awesome that you adapted and turned the sounds into part of your writing routine.

  2. Maggie says:

    My writing room is my bedroom. It’s quiet and filled with sunlight, which is how I like it. 🙂 I have a lot of religious quotes on the wall that help inspire me.

  3. Dunx says:

    My writing room is the office in the daylight basement. It’s a good space, apart from it being messy and not focussed solely on writing: if I am working at home I am in the same chair; if I am programming my own stuff I am in the same chair; and if I am painting figurines I am in the same chair.

    However, it’s under the dining room. We have wood floors on the main level, so if the kids are running around it can be a bit noisy. And the laundry area is on the other side of the wall, which is loud when there’s a spin cycle going on.

    Fortunately, I have ear defenders.

    • Duncan, that sounds like what I’ll have now! A daylight basement room that’s for more than just writing. Mine’s under the concrete garage, though, so it should be pretty quiet. Except if the kids are in the playroom next door.

      Ear defenders–ear plugs? I love the term.

      • Dunx says:

        Ear defenders are more full ear-covering ear muffs, the kind you get at Home Depot although they are also available for target shooting. They’re great for focussing when there’s too much noise otherwise. I have a pair at work too.

  4. Leila says:

    Totally jealous!! Right now, I use an old Singer treadle machine stand as my desk. I love the feel of it, but it’s in a corner and I need just a little more space for it and my white board. 🙂 Enjoy your new writing home!

    • That sounds rather romantic and beautiful, Leila! A white board is a great idea for a writing nook; I may have to go get one. We’re hoping to move the furniture in this weekend so we can start settling into the space.

  5. Bryna says:

    How exciting! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

    I would love to write in my library. However, since my laptop is an ancient hand-me-down from my husband’s job and I banned the main computer from the room (Lord forbid anyone call the library a “den”), I’m usually in the living room. Perhaps one day… 🙂

    • What a lovely goal to work in your library. Then again, your library is so beautiful, there’s something wonderful about you having banned putting the main computer in there. It truly is a library in the traditional sense–a place where books are top priority, not just background or decoration.

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