Writing Garret Underway

In a post a few weeks ago, I wrote about the need for a quiet place to write.  Discussions at a writing conference had planted seeds of hope for such a space.
Work on completing the renovation in my sewing room to offer for a small, yet efficient writing space has begun but need to use the space before completion interrupted my work.  So, I present you with a few images of where I am when writing:

My Writing Corner
My Writing Corner

As you can see, remnants of sewing days remain, some I wanted to keep nearby.  The rack of colored spools of thread offer inspiration when wishing to describe a scene, the file rack although made from fabric offers a place to store important information, and yes, due to laziness the wallpaper remains (sewing-themed, of course) as do a couple of cherished prints given to me by family members, also lending inspiration.

Books and Things
Books and Things

Visible here are some tools of our trade.  Books I’m reviewing.  Resource tools, like The Chicago Style Manual, The Elements of Style, Bird by Bird, and The Memoir Project.  No writer can solely depend on the computer, so pencils and paper are nearby as well as things you cannot see like a calendar, clock and music for company, my radio.

It’s a far cry from what some would call ideal or perfect, but I cannot begin to tell you the difference in what I carry out in this tiny space as opposed to attempting to work in the family room or dining area of our kitchen.

Lesson in all this:  If at all possible, carve out not only time for writing but also a quiet place you can all your own.  One that makes you want to be in it to write.

A few thoughts from writers on writing space:

“Put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down
there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room.”
~ Stephen King

“A woman must have money and a room of her own
if she is to write fiction.”

~ Virginia Woolf

“The writing life is defined by the succession of choices you make,
primary among them whether or not you will write. You honor
your writing space by entering it with this mantra:

‘I am ready to work.’
You enter, grow quiet, and vanish into your writing.”

~ Eric Maisel

12 thoughts on “Writing Garret Underway

  1. I love your writing area! I write in my sewing room too, though I’ve temporarily put my sewing thi gs away in an attempt to achieve a minimalist look as we prepare to sell out home.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I need to put some sewing things away just because I don’t get to my sewing much lately. However, I like the feel of the fabrics and works in progress around me as I write.

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  2. What a cozy little nook, Sherrey! Carving a space out for ourselves is so important. My writing space has a window to the woods that surround our home and I love it.

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    1. And I love coming here! I find it takes me deeper into my writing self to have this space of my own. I look out into our mini-forest we lovingly call Meyer Woods. And in the mornings the sun is rising outside my window. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy.

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    1. It is inviting, Linda! My husband calls it my “writing cave.” Of course, he has his cave too. 🙂

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    1. Sue, I’m glad you at least have a space you can work in. Never in my lifetime do I expect to have an ideal space. Soon we’ll be looking at downsizing and who knows where I’ll write!

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  3. Sherrey – I keep telling myself that I need to carve out a space to write, however I always seem to come back to my “nest” also known as the sofa in our den. Most evenings (which is the time I write), John is working so I don’t have the distractions of TV, etc. However, having a little nook in another room is certainly enticing.
    Welcome home!

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    1. Joan, I’ve always loved the sound of your “nest,” especially since the time you are there you have control over your surroundings. However, I will say that I love my little writing corner of the world. It is good to be home!

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  4. I’ve always wanted a corner desk! I like the spools. Colour stimulates creativity. Good on you Sherrey, and it’s lovely to have you back. I missed you.

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    1. Hi, Cate! I’ve missed you too . . . I’d love to talk real time sometime but I don’t know how we’d ever work out the time zones, etc. Glad you like the color stimulation I’ve chosen to leave in place. It works!

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