Writing is my full-time job. I do most of it on the sofa recliner, surrounded by my living room. Probably not the most scenic of locations! I thought I'd write on our comfy patio furniture outside, which has a view of a pond...
But as it turns out, laptop screens are really hard to see outside. There's a glare. So much for my dream of writing on the beach.
One thing I'm fascinated with is writing rooms. Writers often share photos of their offices, which are basically desks surrounded by piles and piles of books.
What I want is a room with a view. I always mention the final scene of Wonder Boys, where Michael Douglas is writing in an office, surrounded by windows with a waterfront view.
I can't find that clip, though, so instead here are some writing rooms that would make sitting at a desk worth it.
This one belongs to Tracy Bloom:
Hannah Fielding shared her French writing room on her website, emphasizing that normally she sits on the other side of the desk to take advantage of the view.
This one isn't a writer's room, but Rick's Photography pulled this photo of a home office with a view from a Laguna Beach listing.
Berlin writer Jane Flett posted a photo of her Berlin writing space on this blog.
Flett does mention repeatedly the distractions she faces, however, so maybe there's a lesson to be learned. Maybe rooms with a view don't inspire. Maybe there's a reason writers work in rooms like this one.
Would you work better with a beautiful view in front of you? Or would it be more of a distraction?