It seems like most of my recent posts here have been about spaces, whether it has been my new home or the rural area I live in. So when I saw this recent article on writing spaces in the Chicago Tribune, courtesy of Hayden's Ferry Review, I was interested in what, if any, new revelations regarding space were to be had.
But, I must admit, I was a tad disappointed. Based on this (very limited) list of five (best-selling) authors, a writer needs a clean, quiet place near nature, preferably a beach or babbling brook. And, apparently, these folks also get up early and then write for hours (hours!) straight. Now, obviously, I know these are people who must write volumes in order to keep up their publishing schedule. And, these are the types of people who can afford, say, beach homes in Nantucket. But what about the rest of us? Where do the rabble write? What kind of "space" do we need?
When I really think about my writing process, I realize that most of my composing is done in my car on my way to or from work. The long drive from my little farming town to the larger city where my office is located takes me past farms, orchards, and vineyards, dilapidated barns and huge manor houses, cows, trucks, and hay-balers. I hold the lines in my head until I get to my destination, to type or write out. But by then, most of the work is done. My car is not exactly clean or quiet, and it certainly doesn't have any freshly sharpened pencils or internet connections (or plastic statues of Greek gods, although, now that I think about it, it probably should). But it works.