Writing space

Joe’s Post #109 — I’m in the process of moving and have the opportunity to set-up a new writing space. In the next few hours, I’ll be dismantling my desk, packing up my computer and filing my files. I’m not the only one of the 5/5/5 to be moving. 3 of 5 of us decided to add this to our complex lives.

deskBut for some reason, the whole idea of setting up a new space is very exciting. Yes, I’m that lame. I get excited by things like new books by my favourite authors, a lovely place to sit and read, and (apparently) a new writing room.

So what will I do to make the new space awesome.

Here’s Joe’s top 5 things he needs in a writing room.

  • I need a table to create maps, to colour them and to spread them out. I can also use this table for my complex (some say insane) outlines.
  • my publicationI need wall space to hang maps, pictures of the subject I’m writing about and a place for my one small publication. I have it framed. It reminds me that I can do it (with a bit of luck and some damn fine writing.)
  • I need a lot of bookshelves for books. I have a small space reserved for me, but a huge space set up for the likes of Lee Child, Mr King, GRR Martin and Janet Evanovich. Oh, and a few shelves of non-fiction books. Maybe a little more than a few shelves.
  • I will need a door to close when I have to do serious writing. I can write a blog when I’m surrounded by family (albeit with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors), but to get into my head, really get in there and play around, I need no distractions.
  • I need a computer that will not crash when I have 40 odd windows open. Some will be chapters, some will be research, some will even be emails or articles I’ve read, but I love the instant access of this modern age and dammit, I’m going to take full advantage of it.

So, in 2 days, my new life begins. Give me a week to get that room set up the way I want.

Then let’s see what happens.


What would you need in your writing space?

7 thoughts on “Writing space

  1. Definite requirement: ergonomic chair (may break your wallet, but will keep you from breaking your back). Also definite requirement: multiple screens, big ones (more real estate for open windows). Definite requirement for me, but maybe not others: a window facing something I’m happy to gaze out at while I’m thinking. Have second thoughts about: bookshelves (however many you think you need, you really need about double that). Second topic for second thoughts: surface space (ditto my thoughts about bookshelves).

    Is this starting to sound like the size of your living room yet?
    Have fun making your new writer’s nest!

  2. Quiet, no distracting windows to look out (which is why my desk is set up the way it is – I can look out the window, but have to move to do it) Book shelves. Icon corner. Family photos to gaze at as I write. Chair for the cat (or me when he preempts my chair).

    Good luck with the move!

  3. Funny, Silk mentioned the livingroom in jest, but….I moved my writing to the livingroom about six months ago from our den. My writing was blocking up computer time for my husband, and being in his mancave was causing distractions aplenty. So, I am now escounced to the right of the fireplace, in a corner only accessible by walking behind the couch. My book shelf is the end of the fireplace mantel, my view for looking away at times is the sky through out half-round window, or my daughter’s house across the street where I will occasionaly see my grandkids. It’s quiet, but not too quiet, and I’m perfectly happy here. Good luck to you and your family in your new digs Joe.

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