Monday, 22 April 2013

Work and where to do it

My writing room is a little haven of sanctuary for me. Once I'm in there with the door shut, all is well with the world. It isn't luxurious. It is the smallest bedroom, and there is a single bed,  and a desk-cum-bookshelf arrangement made out of an old wardrobe. The most expensive thing in it, apart from the pc, is the black swivel chair. Right now I have to share this precious space with Tim, who decided on the first day that his preferred place was at my feet, under the desk. Sometimes he lies there with his chin resting on my foot.

While I'm in here, I can be anywhere I choose. Right now I alternate between the bracing west coast of Scotland in 1045AD messing about in longships with Flane and the gang, or in Stirling in 1544 with Matho as he gears himself up to capture the queen and keep out of Lennox's way. In earlier years I spent months in Viking Dublin watching Eba run from one spot of bother to another, and breathed the fresh clear air of Victorian Northumberland two steps behind Melanie Grey as she slowly comes to believe she is falling for a smuggler. Then there was the time I wrote Shadows and re-visited the sunny delights of the Cadeau valley in France. In a way, my little room is my Tardis.

Although I've never read A Room of One's Own (actually I may have done during my university years, but cannot recall much of it beyond the general premise of a room and £500 a year) I thoroughly agree with the idea. I've tried working downstairs and it just doesn't do for me. I can't get comfortable and if I'm not comfortable, the ideas don't flow. But then, I could never start work at an untidy desk when I was "at work." Only when the desk was neat and clear could I then start on something. I have a friend who works in absolute chaos (my words, not hers) while the only thing I'm itching to do is tidy her work space! Good thing we're not all made the same way. How's your work space? Be honest!

6 comments:

Jen Black said...




I'm right with you, Jen. My writing room is a self-contained corner of the garage with a view over fields to hills and woods. But more important is that it's my private space where I can get totally involved with the dramatic adventures and emotional upheavals of my characters.
Eye of the Wind/Jane Jackson/ 25/04/2013

Jen Black said...









Elizabeth Holden What a good place! I too work better with a clean desk; but it's hard to keep it that way.

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Jen Black said...

I collected these comments from Goodreads and Facebook respectively. I hope the authors don't mind!
Jen

Ursula said...

A corner in my living room. And when my husband is home, with the TV blaring in my ear. Sometimes I'm surprised I get anything done. Maybe that's why just one single chapter takes me so long!

Jen Black said...

Oh,Ursula I couldn't work in that situation!I'd give up. Full marks to you for doing so many chapters!
Jen

Dean Crawford said...

Much like my own desk Jen! I also have my own office in the house, essential with a little two-year old running around...