Virginia Woolf once wrote, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." It comesfrom her essay "A Room of One's Own," which I read during the Columbia summer writing program, I think.
I don't have a writing room of my own yet, but I have been dreaming of it for years. In fact, I have planned that room the way most girls plan their weddings in advance. It's going to look something like this:
Okay, maybe not exactly like that. You know, probably smaller. With a desk. Maybe a couch. Lots of shelving. A nice carpet...
Anyway, unlike Virginia, I have very little money--but I do have my own room.
|This is said corner.|
I have piles of books surrounding my corner. Here's a closer look:
These are three distinct piles that I have going on right now, all within easy reach of my chair.
Then there are other writing-related things. Such as this, the first draft of Last Request, which resides on my bottom shelf at the moment. The certificate I printed out for NaNoWriMo is nearby, too.
|1st draft of Last Request|
And last, but not least, are my upper shelves, full of books--mostly of the mass market, romance-novel variety.
As you can see, it's more like controlled chaos in here. I'm remarkably good at cleaning at work and I tended to be the neater one in college dorms, but in my own room? Not so much. The books are in piles because I've long run out of shelf space. I use some of them (the ones with Henry VIII on them) as reference and then there are the fun books. My room isn't very big--but it's big for an apartment dweller's second bedroom--and I find it quite cozy in my corner.
If you could create a space for yourself--bedroom, dream bathroom, writing space, art space, whatever--what kind of fantasy room do you have in mind?