“Women, then, have not had a dog’s chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one’s own.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
Way back in July, I posted this about creating a room to write. Life happened, things changed, I moved. Finally, nine months later (the same time it takes to gestate a human youngling), I’m finally ready to share some photos of my writing room. Woo hoo! I’m posting this on April 15, Tax Day, with the idea/hope that maybe at some point in 2012 I’ll be selling my writing (even if it is independently published) and I will finally be able to claim that home office deduction I’ve heard so much about.
Fair warning: This photo tour of my writing space is NOT worthy of a spread in Where Women Create, but it is mine all mine (at least for now).
View of my writing desk as you walk into the room. I cannot write with my back to a door...especially now that I'm working on a ghost story.
When sitting at my desk, I can look to my right and see this. It's a Novel Mood Board, an inspirational tool I created to help me "get into the mood" of my current work in progress.
This little nook is next to the mood board. Sometimes it's easier to relax and plunge into pure first draft writing in this space, but I cannot seem to edit or blog from here.
I found this "blast from the past" for $20 in an antique mall. Sometimes I like to indulge in a little "old school" typing. No, I don't compose novel chapters or short stories on this baby, but it is a fun creativity exercise to type up a quick free verse poem or a list of things that make me feel happy and grateful to be alive. There's something deeply satisfying in the bullet-like report of an electric typewriter key striking paper.
This may be the best part of the room. I have a whole closet of bookshelves! It's like an Aladdin's cave of literature. And I don't have to care about how messy my bookshelves get. I can just close the door and voila! What mess?
The other half of the room, viewed from the doorway. I like to think of this as my dreaming couch. Actually, it is more like Zoey the cat's dreaming couch. I don't think I've sat on it more than 5 times since we moved here.
And this is my view as I am writing, editing and blogging...which reminds me, I promised myself I would try to get in a good hour of work on my novel before we head out for our Sunday hike. As my favorite Jedi Master likes to say, "Do or do not, there is no try."