I am very lucky. And very grateful. I am writing this blog from my studio. Yes, I have my own space to write, work and create. It’s about 280 square feet, L shaped with two huge windows since it is in a converted mill building. My rent is $1/square foot and includes electricity and wifi. It is an amazing bargain.
Usually I am here alone with my computer and my ipod (as I am today), but I so share my space with my teenage son who works on his animated series when he’s with me. The L shape means I don’t see him when we are together.
There are over 250 studios and over 300 artists in this building. I am the only fiction author. I am productive and rejuvenated every time I come here.
Virginia Woolf said women need a room of one’s own and I have believed this and championed it(for myself and others) for years. Shortly after my first book was published, we converted our garage into a home office for me, and I still work in there every day (morning pages first thing!). The studio is an additional place and gives me the inspiration and energy of hundreds of creators each time I am here.
In case you aren’t familiar with it, A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled “Women and Fiction”, which was published in March 1929. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men. She advanced the thesis that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
Do you have a place that’s yours?
Because no matter what you do – creative or not – you need a space to call your own, preferably a place where you can, at least occasionally close a door.
I’d love to hear about and see pictures of your writing spaces. What help do you need to have a room of your own?