How important do you think it is to have your own writing space? A place you can go to at the same time every day so you can write.
I have a corner in my bedroom where I have a tiny narrow desk (actually a computer desk passed on to me by one of my kids) and a small narrow bookcase where I keep my writing pads and notebooks, since my desk doesn’t have any drawer. But every morning when I wake up at around five I find myself slumped on my bed with my netbook to write. Even though this position becomes very uncomfortable for me after a while, I keep sitting there for quite some time before I move to my desk. It’s become a habit that I can’t or rather won’t let go. The poet and novelist Blaise Cendras once said:
“I have no method of work. I’ve tried one, it worked, but that’s no reason to fix on it for the rest of my life.
The workroom of Rémy de Gourmont was on a court. Guillaume Apollinaire, who had a vast apartment with large rooms and with a belvedere and terrace on the roof, wrote by preference in his kitchen, at a little card table where he was very uncomfortable, having had to shrink this little table even smaller in order to succeed in sliding it under a bull’s-eye window in the mansard, which was also on a court. Edouard Peisson, who has a nice little house in the hills near Aix-en-Provence, does not work in one of the front rooms where he could enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and the play of light in the distance, but has had a little library corner constructed in back, the window of which gives an embankment bordered with lilacs. And myself in the country, in my house at Trembley-sur-Mauldre, I’ve never worked on the upper floor which looks out on the orchards but in the lower room which looks in one direction on an impasse behind the stable and in another on a wall which encloses my garden.”
But does it really matter to have a comfortable place for writing? In the words of Robert Frost:
“I never write except with a writing board. I’ve never had a table in my life. And I use all sorts of things. Write on the sole of my shoe.
Even when I was younger I never had a desk. I’ve never had a writing room.”