Virginia Woolf wrote about the importance of having a room of one’s own in which to work. The slim volume—two essays really—is worth a reread, though I’d recommend not letting it derail your work morning as it did for me, recently. Woolf contends that on broaching the subject the women and fiction, “All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and room of her own….”
I’m not a fiction writer, generally, but I’d agree that money and a room of one’s own are crucial elements for writing professionally. At this point, I’d also settle for the corner of a room. A quiet corner outside of the space where I also eat and cook and sleep.
I’m on an unofficial, and certainly slow, search for a studio space to call my own. These last two years of making things work through a combination of perching in coffee shops and stealing back home after naps has started to wear on me.
I’m ready for a little corner where I can get creative and leave a bit of a mess around (mess being subjective of course). Having the chance to occasionally work from my aunt and uncle’s garage while we stayed in France reminded me of how nice a dedicated work space can be. And how very different that feels from perching in a coffee shop, especially when in addition to writing there are photographs to be made and projects to complete.
Yes: I’m thinking I need a quiet corner with white walls and a place I could plop my old workhorse of a table-turned-desk. I’d love for it to be close enough to home to make schlepping to and fro feasible and for there to be windows enough to make the space bright. It’s a tall order, but one’s got to get used to making them. Until I stumble upon the perfect spot, here’s a little fantasy list of of what else the space might include:
A tiny brass ball for burning incense.
A simple print frame for hanging inspiration.
A hammock for lounging.
A few hooks for staying organized.
And baskets for the same.
A stool for standing on to get right the shot.
A black pendant for shedding a little light.
A customizable planner to keep me on track.