top of page
  • Writer's pictureDonna Carbone

Exploring Author Spaces: From Writing Nooks to Creative Havens: Episode 007

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

Authors Talking Bookish with hosts Donna Norman-Carbone and Hope Gibbs

Have you ever considered designating a dedicated writing space in your life? Whether it’s a tranquil corner adorned with books and soft lighting, a bustling café fostering an ambiance of creative energy, or a minimalist desk that evokes focus, your environment can affect your creativity and productivity.


Famous Author’s Writing Spaces

‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,’ Virginia Woolf famously says in A Room of One’s Own.

  • Roald Dahl’s – writing hut

  • Stephen King’s – Maine house the Sanctuary of Scares

  • Charles Dickens – special desk and chair

  • Edith Wharton – writing in bed

  • J.D. Salinger - a shed

  • Virginia Woolf - a room, (then) the OG She-Shed

Writing Spaces:

  • “writing space” and its significance for writers

  • How can the physical environment around you influence your writing style and productivity?

  • Types of writing spaces: home office, dining room table, shed, cloffice

  • Tips for creating an inspiring work space, regardless of budget

  • Sensory elements (color, scents, sounds, music)

Different Spaces for the Writing Process and Stages

  • Tailor your space to the different stages of the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, editing, marketing)

  • Change the setting – how mixing up your writing spaces can help you overcome writer’s block and stimulate fresh ideas

  • Benefits of writing in public: A coffee shop. Park. On vacation.

  • Retreats

Writing in a Digital Age:

  • Virtual writing spaces, online writing communities. How they can impact your writing by collaborative creativity.

  • Balancing your writing time with constant distractions from the internet being at your fingertips.


“Where writers write: Virginia Woolf’s writing room,” Charlotte Peacock

Donna’s Home Office Pinterest Board

DO NOW: Put together a list of what inspires you—music, favorite colors, books, aromas, authors. Make a mood board of the spaces that speak to you. Decide if you would work best at home, your local coffee shop, or even outdoors.

Remember, your writing space should be a reflection of your unique personality and style that should fuel your imagination and help you craft your novel.

Hope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue

Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred

5 views0 comments


bottom of page