My husband and I both needed an office at home, so we came up with the brilliant idea to share a room. My portion of the office was going to be my writing space while his would be an old fashioned office. We divided the room up to accommodate our stuff and purchased a partner desk, which means we would be facing each other when we were both working. Things haven't worked out exactly as I envisioned. In our enthusiasm to create a nice office, I lost sight of the real goal – a small place to go to, slip into my imagination and create stories.
Things I failed to consider:
Things I failed to consider:
- Work styles: We have opposite work habits that clash.
- Size: The size of the office is not conducive to sharing, especially when all of our stuff is added to the room.
- Furniture: A partner desk doesn't work for me. I can't stare at my husband across the desk and remain in my imagination. When I see him, I am jolted back to reality because he is so grounded. His world is all about business, computers, etc. My world, like most writers, is story oriented and in my head. My writing space was supposed to be my little corner where reality isn't a priority.
- Choice of room: We chose the room in the front of the house. This room has a window that stretches down to the floor where my boys (the pups) can see cars and people passing by. When they see something, they bark. Obviously, my story world is destroyed by the loud crash into reality.
- Chairs and space: My boys' special place is at the window, which is located a foot from the back of my chair that has wheels. You see the problem.
- Climate: The front room is usually hotter than the back room.
We should have used both rooms as offices – one for him and one for me. The view of the backyard is filled with trees and other forms of nature. The view is so much more relaxing. My boys wouldn't bark so much because they can't see people or cars. The room is much cooler, and the lavender colored walls are more conducive to creativity.
The other issue I did not anticipate has nothing to do with the office. It is too much of a business environment. When I'm there, I constantly think of phone calls that need to be made, paperwork that needs to be done, etc. Additionally, whenever I sit in the office chair, my boys start to cry for attention. Needless to say, my creativity does not manifest itself here.
My solution is to write in the dining area, which we are converting to a sun room. It is in the back of the house, gets lots of light and the boys can sit right next to me, which makes them very happy.
Meet the boys:
Angus is on the left and Murray is on the right.
Atlanta Bread Company is my favorite place to write though. They have a couple of nice sitting areas with easy access to outlets. At least once a week, I meet some of my writer friends to write. Yes, we chat a little, but the focus is on writing. We affectionately refer to this time together as Write Night since we typically meet in the evening. Check out our favorite area:
The only thing missing are my little buddies, the boys, who aren't allowed in the restaurant :(
If you have a writing space, what would you have done differently? Do you have alternative writing places in or outside the home?