Exploring Author Spaces: From Writing Nooks to Creative Havens: Episode 007
Updated: Sep 14
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 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.
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.
LINKS & SOURCES:
“Where writers write: Virginia Woolf’s writing room,” Charlotte Peacock
Donna’s Home Office Pinterest Board https://pin.it/7IA1769
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 https://www.authorhopegibbs.com/
Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred https://www.donnanormancarbone.com