The perfect writing space.

Question of the day:

writing retreat

I’m so torn when it comes to this question because three settings instantly leap to mind:

  1. A beach hut on an isolated, wind swept peninsula. My desk sits before a giant picture window which looks out across the white sands to the sea.
  2. An isolated mountain cabin, snowed in. There’s a huge fireplace and I sit before it with a small folding table and my laptop with a glass of red wine. When I need a break I stretch out on the bearskin rug and stare into the flames.
  3. A huge, rambling garden that’s attached to a house miles away from civilisation. Okay, it’s isolated too. There’s a back verandah where I can stretch out in the sun, listening to birds call in the trees and watching the lazy flight of bumble bees as they move from flower to flower.

You’ll notice the common theme here is isolation. I’m the type of writer who writes best with total silence; no music, no tv, no conversation. Ideally I have no interruptions whatsoever except for when I get up to boil the kettle or make another cup of tea.

Unfortunately my reality is a bit different. I have a cramped desk in a two bedroom unit. Piles of work and uni papers are stacked haphazardly around the shelves and my pen always seems to dry out just when I need it most. I’m usually able to get in a few solid hours without interruption though and my five dollar chair from the second hand store is immensely comfortable.

Here’s where I write at the moment:

My writing space New tools

It’s a little cramped but I like to tell myself it’s cosy, and one advantage is that everything is within reach. In the meantime I’ll keep dreaming of that beach shack, or that snowy cabin, or that peaceful garden; one day I’ll get there!

Where would be your ideal place to write?

About B Lee Draper

Teacher, uni student, aspiring writer.
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4 Responses to The perfect writing space.

  1. Janet Smart says:

    The mountain cabin sounds great. My space is small, too, but it works!

  2. Jo Linsdell says:

    I’d pick the beach. No people around though. Just me and beach.

    I love your little writing nook. It does look cosy. Lots of stuff around to inspire too.

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