In 1929, Virginia Woolf published her (now famous) extended essay, A Room of One’s Own (Hogarth Press), which examined the role of money which was used (then, as now) to stifle or empower the creative lives of women (and, let’s face it, men, and, well, everyone). Nearly a hundred years on, we reflect on the endearing importance of a dedicated space where writers may go to reflect and create in a new series: A Space of One’s Own.
Author and Writing Academy instructor, Karelia Stetz-Waters, had this to say about her ideal writing space:
I want my desk to look like the dashboard of an old car: only the essentials. Keyboard. Pens. The work at hand. (The cat is a welcome intrusion but he doesn’t get to stay on the desk when I work.) The walls, on the other hand, are a blank canvas for all my notes, mementos, outlines, and inspirations.
I often tell my students that writing involves many contradictions, the greatest of these is the fact that we have to be free and creative at the start of the writing process and then critical and exact during editing. My walls are my creative side. My desk is home to my inner editor.