The Art of Manliness has an article on the Libraries, Studies, and Writing Rooms of 15 Famous Men.
While I love the vast libraries (and certainly would love to have a vast library room, if I had a large house to contain it), when it comes to writing, I actually don’t like large spaces. For some reason, when it comes to reading and writing and studying, I prefer a small, intimate area. (Or maybe I like hiding in my introvert cocoon; take your pick.)
Of the Manliness rooms, the most appealing to me for writing was the Sherlock Holmes mock-up. It’s cozy and heavily decorated, while being just shy of too cluttered.
Interestingly, in my Acceptance trilogy, Joshua has a small, one-window office that’s painted a deep red. This contrasts heavily with his corner living room which is open–with lots of windows–and has white walls, carpet, and furniture, with pieces of art providing the only color. (Kalyn thinks it looks like an art museum more than a living room.) The High Council often meets informally in his living room, but his office is private. He doesn’t receive people in his office; there’s not even any seating in it, except for one chair beside his desk, which is intended for his secretary when she’s taking notes for him.
I never thought about the fact that I was giving Joshua my ideal study!
I also find myself attracted to tiny little houses–like adult-sized playhouses. I could definitely make my office in one of those.
I’m weeping from desire.
What’s your ideal space? Hidden in the woods? Lots of windows with good views? An airy loft? A basement corner?