On the website Apartment Therapy, they’ve got a wonderful feature on “Famous Writers’ Small Writing Sheds.” As I eagerly browsed the pictures, I felt a mixture of admiration, excitement, and envy. Though I have a wonderful writing spot in my own house (actually several of them), I’ve always dreamed of having a little writing shed out back. There’s something about having a completely different space to go to, one that requires you to cross a threshold into a different frame of mind.
This is a picture of George Bernard Shaw’s writing hut, which he named “London.” According to Apartment Therapy, he called it this “so his staff wouldn’t be lying when they said he had ‘gone to London.'”
Many writing friends I know have created their own writing huts—whether from a kit they bought online, or by refurbishing a garage or existing garden shed. It’s quite an investment of time and money, but one that really shows a commitment to one’s art.
I don’t have the resources for such a thing just yet, but I’m thinking of naming my writing room something like “Vancouver” or “Seattle,” so that I won’t be lying when I say “I’ll be in Seattle for the day,” when I’ve committed a day to writing. It might even keep me there a little longer, knowing I’ve journeyed somewhere else.
What is your writing space like? How do you make it “separate” from your everyday life?
Yours, in daydreams,