Thursday, February 22, 2007

Writer's Rooms!

I steal this link from Gwenda's blog!

It's too cool not to pass on. The Guardian did a little photo survey of the offices of famous British writers, and it's fascinating to see how they work. Each is different--some muddled, some very organized. Since I spend a lot of time in my office, I'm fascinated to see how other writers organize their their writing spaces.

Those who know me will not be surprised that I like Beryl Bainbridge's desk the best. So gloriously old timey. I love the rug covering the table top, and the wonderful model of the Titanic.

And--I'm in awe of the fact that A.S. Byatt writes all those densely elegant books in long-hand. I write letters and notes in long hand, but I can't imagine writing an entire book that way. I can type faster than I can write, and I think I'd get confused if I couldn't see all my words marching along in black and white. I suppose it's all what you are used to. I know several writers who dictate and I couldn't do that either.

I love my office, it's very cozy and my desk is wonderfully huge. It used to belong to My Better Half, but then the legs broke and he was going to throw it out. My father replaced the legs with gas pipes and now it works perfectly again, much to MBH' chagrin, as I refused to give it back!

But sometimes, when I'm working hard, a cozy office can be a distraction. I wrote quite a bit of the last draft of Flora Segunda in my mother's laundry room, so nice and warm and sunny!

Thanks Gwenda for the fabulous link!


Paul Witcover said...
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Paul Witcover said...

Plus, with the gas pipes hooked up to the desk, you can brew coffee or even cook up a nice snack without having to take a break!

Paul Witcover said...
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Ysabeau Wilce said...

Or set your computer on fire! Happily, the gas pipes aren't really hooked up--they are just for show. And to keep gravity at bay, of course!