Article by Jack Cooper
Writers everywhere know the joyous feeling when the words are flowing out of you, pages are zipping by, and before you know it, you have a cramp in your hand and you realize you haven’t had anything to eat or drink since you began.
The landscape where this kind of furious wordsmithery takes place plays a major part in helping to stoke a writer’s creative fire. Made to Measure Blinds have made a fascinating infographic looking at some world-famous author’s choice of writing retreats (you can see their original blog post on the topic here).
As with the writing styles of the authors, each one has a different personality that shines through. The structures themselves seem to reflect the author that used them. There is the mysterious and slightly sinister gazebo in the woods that belongs to Neil Gaiman, the wild and solitary riverside boathouse of Dylan Thomas, and the characterful café where J.K. Rowling wrote during the early stages of her career. They all give an idea of what each writer required from their retreat, whether that is quiet, nature, isolation or the hustle and bustle of the every day.
Most of us won’t have a spare Elizabethan tower on hand or an island retreat, but what about that old shed that is currently sitting sadly in the corner of your garden filled with spider webs, plant feed and a rusting rake? That could very well be a writing retreat in waiting. But if you can’t face the arduous drain of the cleaning process, well, at least the spiders will be happy their web surfing activities are safe for a while longer yet.
All images courtesy of Made to Measure Blinds.