There is a romantic myth that surrounds writers. This myth is rife with infatuation, possessiveness and protectiveness: a writer is supposed to be obsessed with their work. Utterly absorbed. If their creative process stalls, or in some instances flatlines, the writer should just work harder. More rewrites, more experimentation. They should even put the draft away to gain that invaluable perspective, but ultimately come back. No matter the grief a project causes, a writer should always come back. It reads like a lover addicted to an implosive partnership. Romantic myth, prepare to be busted. Just like relationships, not all projects are meant to last forever. Some projects might not last a week. A day. A five minute type-out. Some projects you don’t have to come back for. And that’s okay. In fact, that’s healthy. Similar to a relationship that limps on well…
Until last year, I never had a dedicated writing space. Because I write the first draft of almost everything longhand, I’m usually on the couch with a notebook, or at a coffee shop. When I needed to type subsequent drafts, I was stuck at a desk in the bedroom, the only room in our old apartment with space for both my and my husband’s work spaces.
That changed last year, when we bought our now 96-year-old, three-bedroom rowhome, and I had what I’d dreamed of for years–my own office.
What you can’t see is that 1) the office leads to a very nice deck, and if it ever climbs to above 55 degrees/stops raining, I’ll be out there writing, too; 2) my office doubles as a library with three large standing bookshelves already jam-packed, and thanks to a recent bookshop sale from which I came home with eight new books, my need for a fourth shelf has become painfully evident. I like to be surrounded by books when I work. Not only does that make it easy to grab one for reference, but it also provides visual cues of the success I’m always striving to achieve.
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