Hello, SEers! You’re with Mae today with a post on fiefdoms. Probably not what you think, but it does come down to personal real estate.
Writers need a special place to create. It doesn’t matter where as long as we can put our stamp on it.
When I was a kid that place was my bedroom, where I spent hours scribbling in spiral bound notebooks. When I got my first typewriter at age fifteen (a manual), I took over my parents’ dining room table. Each day, we would move my papers and notes along with the typewriter to the floor when dinner rolled around. When the table was cleared, my parents gladly gave me my space back. To this day, I love how they encouraged me.
When my husband and I married, the dining room table pattern continued through each of the apartments we leased. When we bought our first home, we set a room aside as my den. Although it was nothing extraordinary, and shared space with the ironing board and laundry basket, I had an actual desk. I remember coming home from work and finding it in the living room. Hubby had taken it upon himself to surprise me, and picked it up from a state surplus store.
That desk was a monster. Solid wood with a built-in cabinet in addition to drawers. It reminded me of something that belonged in a courthouse it was so huge. When we moved to our current house, it became the center point of my den. I was no longer sharing space with laundry and the ironing board, but the room could have used a facelift. Still, it was my spot, reserved solely for me. Writer’s bliss.
In warm weather, I took my laptop outside and worked from our deck or covered patio. Sometimes, when the mood struck, I’d stake claim on a corner of the couch in the family room. Eventually, we decided to remodel a smaller room in the house for my den and turn the existing space into a TV room.
For years now, I’ve had my own office, completely remodeled with new furniture. Even so, I still get the yen to wander outside with my Macbook or peck away in the local library or a book café. Those breaks are fun, but I’m convinced I do my best writing in my den. Maybe because I’m surrounded by things that inspire me. It’s my personal fiefdom.
Do you find you’re most productive in a certain place or during a certain time (i.e, mornings, evenings)? What do you like best about your writing space?
It’s always fun to learn how others work. I’d love to hear your comments below.
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