Where writers write

Where writers write

Image: Matthew Harwood

My series of posts on where writers write was inspired by creating a new room of my own — in my garden shed. To save you scrolling through the blog, they’re gathered together here, too. 

There are lots more to come, so do check back here for updates.


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Until I started writing, I don’t think I properly understood the significance of having a designated workspace.

It’s far more than four walls, a ceiling, a door and, hopefully, a window. Writers need their space. And what they get up to in that space (their little rituals, habits and quirks) is all wrapped up in their creative process.

From gazebos to turrets and bee houses to baths. Early morning, all night, on their laps, standing up, or on the tramp. In purple ink, in pencil, scrawled in crayon or spoken into a dictaphone. Finding out where, when and how writers write is turning out to be a lot of fun.

It’s also giving me a much-needed way of escaping, albeit virtually, now we’re all confined to our homes in Lockdown #3.

Writers’ rooms — a literary tour

As soon as we free to roam again, I’m off on a literary tour. Armed with my camera I intend to see these writers’ rooms for myself.

And I’m curious to find out if what Virginia Woolf said, is true:

‘It is always an adventure to enter a new room; for the lives and characters of its owners have distilled their atmosphere into it’.

And if so, what will I learn about these writers and their lives?

There are lots more posts on where writers write to come. And if there’s a writer’s room you’d like me to peek into, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

Shed porn

In the meantime, if you don’t have a shed of your own to write in, you can always dream. One of my favourite sites for this is cabin porn’s.


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Where do writers write? And why? Inspired to find out when she was creating a writing room of her own, Charlotte Peacock went exploring.
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