Where We Write

One of my favorite little coffee table book is Jill Krementz’s THE WRITER’S DESK, which is filled with photos of authors at work in their offices. It’s fascinating and reveals a lot about each author’s personality. John Updike wrote in his introduction:

I look at these photographs with a prurient interest, the way that I might look at the beds of notorious courtesans. Except that the beds would tell me less than the desks do. Here, the intimacy of the literary act is caught in flagrante delicto: at these desks characters are spawned, plots are spun, imaginative distances are spanned.

Today, novelist Brenda Coulter posted pictures on her blog of where she does her writing, so I thought I’d follow her example and share with you where I do mine. This is my home office.  It overlooks our front yard and is adjacent to my daughter’s bedroom. What you don’t see in this picture are more bookshelves, a TV set/DVD/VCR set-up and a walk-in closet full of books, DVDs, CDs, videos and office supplies.  There’s also the original artist’s painting for the unpublished, fourth .357 VIGILANTE book on my wall.

To avoid throwing out my back, I also do a lot of writing laying on top of my bed, using my laptop, with my legs elevated on a couch cushion.

I showed you mine so now you show me yours.  Think of it as a photo "meme." All of you authors and screenwriters out there with blogs, please post pictures of your writing spaces…and provide linkbacks to this post so we can see them (or offer a link to those posts in the comments below).

44 thoughts on “Where We Write”

  1. I have a picture of me at my computer (writing) desk that is posted with all my blog entries: http://www.livejournal.com/users/lorrainel/
    Over my desk are drawings of the characters in my first book: MURDER ON THE MIND. You can’t see them in this shot, because LiveJournal dictatates the (very small) size of the photo–but rest assured, they are there. Along with a cell of the Good Fairies from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” and other drawings of characters in my (past) stories.

  2. Getting Off My Ass

    First off, I feel SO much better about all the nesting Ive done lately, especially when I see these pics of Jenny Crusies office and desk, heh, and realize how similar are/were our writing areas. Id post pictures of the new and i…

  3. John Updike wrote the perfect intro for this terrific book, which makes a great gift. Krementz also has a desk calendar, which I look forward to it each year, using photos from the original 1996 book as well as new portraits.
    Casual yet elegant photos that give a world of information.

  4. FWIW…
    My wife is very into the whole feng shui thing, and I used to write with my back to the door. Apparently, that is very bad FS, and believe it or not, once I turned myself around, my writing career turned around.
    No kidding.
    Uh, not that your career needs turning.

  5. I’ve heard the feng shui criticism about my office before. But I like looking out the window…and not looking out the door into the hall or out the other door into my daughter’s room (my office was originally a bedroom that shared a bath with another bedroom). And since my desk is a built in, there’s not much I can do to change that now.
    (Jennifer Crusie’s office faces a window with her back to the door…and she’s done all right!).
    When I write with my laptop on my bed, though, I am facing the door. And most of the offices I’ve had on shows, my desk has always faced the door. So does that counter-balance the bad feng shui at my desk?

  6. I’ve heard that your bed shouldn’t make your feet face a door (feng shui wise), since dead people are carried out of rooms feet first. Like I needed another superstition….
    So, maybe if you write on your bed on your laptop, you should hang your feet over the headboard? Just a thought.

  7. Feng Shui dictates you don’t have your back to the door?
    Aaaaahhhhhhhh oooohhhhhh I’m going to be spending the day rearranging the office. Damn the deadline!
    Breathe, breathe, breathe – I’ll be OK. Panic has not fully set in. Breathe!
    And that office is rather clean. Where is the writing debris? The creative detritus?

  8. Oh, crap! My back doesn’t face the door, just my right shoulder. Does that count? But my feet face the door in my bedroom. Crap, crap and more crap. Now I know what’s wrong with my writing.

  9. Office space shared with his nibs.
    Door and windows looking toward Bay to my right. Windows looking onto an immense old fig tree to my left. I’m a feng shui wannabe and would really need a feng shui master to come in and take a look at the layout.
    First rule of feng shui is, though, if the office is a mess, it doesn’t matter where you’re facing, or not facing.

  10. My office

    Writing is a form of egotism that takes many shapes. Displaying one’s office is probably the most passive-aggressive. The writer can indulge himself by reveling in revealing his workspace’s most

  11. Oh my. I’m disgustingly envious of those bookshelves! *drools* I’ve always wanted built-in shelving for my books. 🙂 Great office! I’d post mine, but it’s in the middle of a move. Should be done by next month at the latest 🙂

  12. Dude, that’s a very nice office. I love pictures of other people’s bookshelves, but I prefer it when I can read the titles. Hey, wait a minute – are your books all hardcovers? Whoa … respect.

  13. m.g.- Your pets do dusting? How much do they charge?
    They’ll work for peanuts, dog biscuits, cat treats, whatever you have lying around. Little Endust on the fur, and they’re good to go.

  14. It’s now almost the end of February but a writer friend of mine recently sent a link to your post about “Where we Write”. I’m a day late and a dollar short, so they say, and I’m not a published book writer…but I am a published poet and an incurable blog-a-holic. I especially loved Jennifer Crusie’s office area…my daughter is a writer-in-the-making and HER writing area makes Jennifer’s look like something out of “House Beautiful” magazine, haha! Here’s a link to my spot:


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