musings from Canadian author Cheryl Cooke Harrington ... home of The Write Spot

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

the write spot

Have you ever walked down a street just after dark, in that twilight time when indoor lights are coming on but curtains aren't yet drawn? Windows become irresistibly inviting, framing intimate glimpses of other people's lives, of stories waiting to be told.
There's a special kind of connection that happens when we're allowed those glimpses into private worlds. I think that's why I was so fascinated by the photos of famous writers' retreats in this article. My favourite is Virginia Woolf's little hut. It would suit me very well indeed.
So now I'm on a quest. Where do the rest of us (famous and not-so-famous writers) write? I hope you'll leave a comment with a link to a photo of your own writing room or favourite writing spot. Let's make some connections.
This is my cozy corner. Where's yours?

my writing room


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At 2:12 pm, Blogger Virginia Moffatt said...

Oh brilliant...strangely enough my post today has been about my relationship with Woolf. I've just GOT to see that hut (& get me one)I've been to Dylan Thomas' boathouse, very inspiring.

As for my own writing space. It used to be the desk in our front room, under a picture called Leap in the Dark which you can see here The picture is by a lovely artist who owns the flats we stay in on holiday near Tenby. We bought the print when I was feeling despairing about my writing and it helps me keep going...These days I tend to write where my laptop or notebook take me. All over the house, on the bus, in cafes.One day I'll have a room of my own, till then...

At 5:25 pm, Blogger Cheryl said...

Love the Woolf synchronicity! Isn't that garden hut wonderful? I can imagine myself hiding out in there and writing away...

Thanks for the link to your lovely painting. I can see why you say it keeps you going. I'm off to your blog to read about you and Virginia Woolf. Thanks for stopping by!

At 5:17 pm, Blogger Sheila Seabrook said...

Cheryl, I so enjoyed the pictures of where authors work. Some of those places are to be envied and others are...well, questionable. I'm still trying to figure out how the writer that entered that doorway in the side of the hill ever managed to get anything done. LOL

At 7:23 pm, Blogger Cheryl said...

That hillside door did look a bit iffy. But I like to imagine there's something wonderful on the other side. ;-)

At 2:22 pm, Anonymous susan mcnicoll said...

I am with you on the Woolf hut. Definitely my favourite although Beatrix Potter's home comes a close second. Although I have done most of my writing in a bed for the past four years, my favourite spot was at a desk looking out into a beautiful garden built by my then-landlady. I wish I never had to leave. Writing in that spot I really felt like a writer. Lying in bed - not so much.

At 5:43 pm, Blogger Cheryl said...

I like the sound of your favourite writing spot, Susan. The only drawback to beautiful views is all the window-gazing that gets done (instead of writing). But it can be inspirational, too. I wrote one book sitting at a table in an apricot-coloured room with gauzy curtains over big sunny windows where my collection of cobalt blue glass glittered in the sunshine. Lots of writing but lots of daydreaming, too!

At 6:12 pm, Anonymous Susan McNicoll said...

How beautiful. I did a lot of night writing (at the computer too many hours a day which led to part of my current woes) and she had a sensor light in this large garden. I would be writing away and suddenly the garden would light up and there was a cat, a racoon (sometimes mother and babies), a skunk (often babies too), some animal, and I loved the feeling that I was communing with nature in the middle of the night even if I was the only one doing the communing!


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