Discuss: Awesome Literary Things

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The Rooms of Writers

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I am a nosey person. And one of the things that I love to ogle most of all is writer’s rooms and workspaces. I find it fascinating to see how other writers work and where they feel most comfortable. A writer’s room and workspace is unique to them and can say so much about them as a person. Plus it’s just fun to look at people’s bookcases, isn’t it?

A while back, the New York Times posted a piece on their website about various writer’s rooms. Each photo of a writer in their workspace is accompanied by a short passage written by the author in question. It’s interesting to read about how long they’ve been in that workspace, what they’ve done there, who has visited them, and what their daily routine consists of. One of the neatest things is that all of these writers work on laptops just like the ones that we own. That somehow makes what they’ve accomplished more accessible, I think.

Nearly everyone on this last has a grand area of their home that they’ve dedicated to writing. But we can’t all do that, unfortunately. And the final author on the list — Jesmyn Ward — is much closer to how I write or, perhaps, to how you write. Ward says, “I write wherever and whenever I can around my house. I’ve written while sitting on my bed, balancing my computer and my kid on my lap. I’ve written at the dining room table in the breakfast nook. I’ve even written in the bathroom.” Indeed, you write where you can.

So, where do you write? Leave a description of your writing workspace or your writing process in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

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