A year and a bit ago I and my fiance moved into our first home. It took a while to get settled, but we’re finally happy with the place.
OK, I’m happy. The other half is still moving things around. I don’t really like change, it’s a whole thing. I’m getting off point.
The biggest challenges I faced include replacing a built-in-fridge, getting a second-hand futon (fully-assembled!) up a very narrow set of stairs, and of course, finding the perfect spot for me to sit down and write.
Your writing space can mean the difference between sweet success and that other, dark, harrowing thing.
Traditional writing advice suggests your work area should be free of distractions, but not barren enough to stifle your creativity. You should be comfortable, but your space also needs to be practical.
My own search hits a few different rooms, which I’m now going to take you on a journey through, but where I finally end up might just surprise you.
The new house came with a study? Problem solved, right?
“Study” is actually a pretty generous euphemism we use to avoid telling people, this is where we keep all the video games and the second Playstation. Study just sound more…adult.
The best part is the previous owner had this cool multi-coloured mood lighting installed which helps set the tone for whatever I’m working on.
It does have a desk, but it’s littered with all sorts of gadgets and games, all fun, but not exactly conducive for productivity.
I used this room for a bit, but the numerous distractions and the lack of desk space was killer in the end.
Final Score: 5/10
The conservatory makes for a beautiful writing space. It’s where I envisioned myself getting to work when we were buying the house. Whether looking at the nice view of the garden or having the blinds drawn to create a cosy atmosphere, the room is just brilliant to write it.
But damn it, it’s just not meant to be.
The room has some hella-comfy chairs, but no desk. That means any writing means having a laptop on my lap—and that means less time writing and more time spent worrying about the damage I might be doing to my fertility.
Final Score: 0/10
The dining room is…serviceable. It has chairs, a table, no immediate threats to my swimmers. Nirvana right?
It’s practical. But so is an ironing board, and neither set’s my world on fire.
Final Score: 6/10
Yes, this is where I ended up. Hang on, hear me out – it’s cooler than it sounds.
There’s a corner of our kitchen with a breakfast bar we seldom used. I was walking past one day…and inspiration hit.
Think about it. It’s close as you can be to all the local amenities. Snacks and drinks on demand. Plenty of desk space. There’s even a shelf overlooking the garden I’ve decorated with some notebooks and ornaments.
I’ve got a miniature zen sand garden I can rake when I’m stuck on a paragraph. A little quill and ink pot (stylish but not for actual use, I’m a lefty). A raven figurine I think I got from a Game of Thrones Monopoly set. The whole thing is pretty chill.
If you haven’t got your own writing space, take a look at your house with a fresh pair of eyes. The kitchen was the last place I expected to end up, but now I couldn’t be happier with my little corner of the world.
OK, the stools could be comfier, but hey, they keep me humble.
Final Score: 9/10
What does your writing space look like? What have you decorated it with? Do you put more stock in comfort or practicality? Let me know in the comments.
– H. L