Years ago I remember seeing the writing room of a famous writer (I can’t remember which author it was now but I think a sci-fi writer) and he had lots of tchotchkes and knick knacks around his desk and along his shelves—things that inspired him to write his stories, I imagine.
It got me wondering what writers’ rooms look like these days. During my research I put together a sampling of pictures and short excerpts of where, how and why writers write where they do. I could only find a source for writers of the
but they’re writing spaces are very interesting. I was surprised at some.
Michael Morpurgo: Writes in bed http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jul/04/writers-rooms-michael-morpurgo
Alexander Masters: Also writes in bed. Note alligator talisman above. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jun/06/writers-room-alexander-masters#
Writes as a desk in her bedroom.
Nicholas Mosley: Writes in his office. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/01/writers-rooms-nicholas-mosley#
Ciaran Carson: Also writes in his office. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/apr/18/writers-room-ciaran-carson#
Kevin Crossley-Holland: A reconverted barn.
I know many artists are messy. I figure those might be the pantsers—little bits and pieces of torn pages from newspapers or magazines, books, sticky pads and what not—
like me like some
people I know.
What does your writing place look like—messy or neat? Share if you dare.