Wanted: Writing Garret

Coming home from a recent writing conference, I pondered our discussions of quiet writing spaces.  Something set apart from the rest of the living space and the noises of living with others.
As I drove up Hwy. 101 in Oregon, my thoughts began to wander to dreams of having such a space and how I could make it work in our already crowded 1640 sq. ft. home.  Granted only two humans and one cat live in that space but we can get in each other’s ways.

Images began to dance in my head like sugar-plum fairies at Christmas.  First, I saw a garret in an old Victorian home. This space could work well, but we don’t live in an old Victorian nor do we have an attic.

Moving along in my thoughts, I couldn’t help but think of all the conversions I saw when looking for space for a sewing room — closets converted into sewing areas!

But which closet was I going to give up to make a writing space!

Thinking about these closet conversions to sewing spaces ignited the proverbial light bulb.

I have a marvelous sewing room! Yes, an entire room dedicated to sewing and quilting.  This room is large and not used on a regular basis except for occasional quilting. However, it is full of antique sewing machines and Victorian sewing items, but that can be managed by reorganizing a bit.  My dream grew as I drove home.

Now I’m in the process of shifting things in the sewing room dedicating one corner, already equipped with a corner sewing table, to my writing space.  Already a comfortable office chair is in place.  And there is adequate space for reference books nearby and items to show my love of writing.  Essential will be a candle and soft classical music, both necessary to set the mood.

Another discussion at the writing conference was on how to make the quiet time needed for writing.  I have struggled with this thing called “time to write.”  I don’t know where my mind has been all these years and months, but time was sitting right under my nose.

My dear and darling husband is a musician, both instrumental and vocal.  His rehearsals are many each week as he plays with two bands, one orchestra and sings in our church choir.  I have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to myself as well as Thursday afternoons.

I see the elements I’ve been missing for my writing space and time coming together. Likely, my new space won’t look like this but it’s a rough idea.  Putting the space and time in tandem makes my writing life feel as if it’s been renewed!

Once the conversion is complete, and all real property divided equally between sewing and writing, I’ll share a photo with you of my new writing “garret.”

Image attributions can be seen by clicking on images.

17 thoughts on “Wanted: Writing Garret

  1. Sherrey, I am envious of the writing space you’re creating. I live in a 1083-square-foot house with a husband and 9-year-old. I had to do the closet conversion thing–fortunately, we have two closets in the master bedroom and one is a large walk-in. I run my business and do my writing in there, underneath the hanging blouses and pants! Sometimes we use a lack of space, privacy or time to explain why we’re not writing, but I really believe that if there’s a will, there’s a way. It sounds like you have a great set-up now. I love the candle and classical music. I do that too! Looking forward to seeing your photo.

    1. Sue, do not waste your envy just yet! I’m still a work in progress on that writing corner, but it’s coming. Anything we can latch onto can become an excuse for not doing something else. We humans are just that way! Looking forward to starting our 30-day challenge and my leap of faith into A to Z!

  2. My hubby and I are lucky in that the house we bought back in ’97 has a huge master bedroom with an adjoining courtyard. I have a sofa and coffee table there and when I’m writing I’m on the sofa with my laptop. Hardly state of the art but comfortable and perfect for musing. I will add that there is a TV in this room too and when it’s turned on, (usually when my hubby is home) the creativity is immediately sucked away. But that’s when I click on Pinterest and enjoy me some eye candy. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your photos, Sherrey.

    1. Adjoining courtyard? How lovely and wonderful! Amazing how that TV can suck the life, or the muse, right of the room, isn’t it? Worded a bit on my writing corner today and it’s coming together, but finding a place for what I’m moving off the sewing table is the real challenge right now. I will persevere! Hoping to see you at Powell’s end of April. Do you know a set date yet?

  3. Hi Sherrey – I often wish for my own room – reserved for writing. Right now, it’s one end of the sofa in our den. I call it my writing nest. This works okay for me most of the time. My husband works evenings, so I have that time to myself. I often wish we had another bedroom that I could turn into an office……. aahhh maybe someday!

    1. Joan, good to “see” you today! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a whole room? If I can squeak a corner out of my sewing room, I’ll be glad.

  4. Sherrey, I agree , having a dedicated space for writing is essential in nurturing our creativity. You certainly are on a worthwhile mission and I have no doubt you will achieve your own creative space. Enjoy!

    1. Kathy, I am very excited about the possibilities for creating this space and finding all the “write” things to go in it. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. And it was a beautiful day as I was driving north out of Yachats that morning! Bright blue skies, and sun! Yes, sun! I gloried it having had a wonderful weekend already.

      1. My mom used to tell me they named it that because the original founders had yacks that wore hats. I am so insanely jealous!! I will be heading up your way come summer though:)

      2. Sometime at the end of June or the beginning of July. My first stop is usually Brookings for a few days and then up the coast I go on another photography adventure. Of course we also get hung up on the Oregon Coast Aquarium when the kids fall in love with the seals every year:)

Comments are closed.