For years I’ve wanted to claim my own office in the house. Finally, right before a Writing Retreat, I hosted at my farm, I buckled down and turned one of the abandoned children’s room into an office. It is the largest Bedroom in the house with a walk-in closet. Okay, it’s just walk-in cuz I’m 5 feet tall.
My husband and I had moved into the room after the last daughter went to University because it was one of the only rooms that could house the queen size bed I wanted. I put a desk in there to do some writing from time to time, but it never really worked as either a bedroom or an office.
Hosting the annual writing retreat gave me a chance to re-evaluate the space because I wasn’t really happy with it. Once I thought about what I wanted, for writing and for sleeping, I turned the space into a library. I have all my reference books in there (along with a few novels). I kept the desk, moved in a couple bookshelves and added a bed for guests.
I love the space, and while I set it up for writing, I find myself scrapbooking, coloring and reading. This room definitely makes me feel creative, and while I still tend to write all over the house, at least I have a space to claim just for writing, where I can close the door and focus.
So my fellow writers – Do you have a special space to write? Or can you write anywhere? Ironic, that I get a space after the kids move away. Although the dogs are still a pestering distraction.