by Niki Turner
When I was little I used to watch ants marching in and out of their anthill homes, bringing food for the colony or hauling out tiny particles of sand and soil as new "rooms" and tunnels were constructed. I wanted more than anything to be able to crawl into one of those tunnels and explore the underground chambers. Books with illustrations of rabbit warrens, fox dens, beaver dams, beehives and the secret interiors of other animal homes fascinated me.
As an adult, I find myself curious about the secret chambers of another kind of animal: writers.
Writing, as a profession, tends to be a fairly solitary activity. As such, pictures of famous writer's workspaces have been shared and posted and circulated for generations, satisfying our desire to peek into the creative processes and procedures of our favorite authors.
Here's a few...
|Jane Austen's writing desk. Interesting article HERE.
|Mark Twain's office (one of them) was in his billiard room.
|Charlotte Bronte's writing space.
|Roald Dahl's writing shed. Lots more pictures HERE.
|Robin Lee Hatcher's office space.
If you're a writer, where do YOU write?
Have you tried writing in a coffee shop, like J.K. Rowling? How about writing out-of-doors? Are you chained to your desk, or do you move around? Has anyone tried writing standing up (as Hemingway was said to do)? How much does your setting affect your creativity?