If you’re a serious creative person, you need to find the place where you do your best work. In a coffee shop, in your bedroom, in the basement, on the patio – wherever your creative juices start flowing. For me, I need complete silence. My perfect location is probably a bank vault – no music, TV, email, or other distractions. My office is also surrounded with my books, so I have access to the information I need to create.
I was thinking about this while Kathleen and I toured the Charles Dickens Museum in London. The photo above is his writing desk. Here’s where a few other great writers did their best work:
Ernest Hemingway wrote at a stand up table, shifting his weight from foot to foot.
Truman Capote wrote lying down.
Jane Austen wrote in her parlor, at a small table barely large enough to hold the papers she was writing on.
Toni Morrison writes at a hotel.
Cervantes, Bunyan, and the Apostle Paul wrote in prison (not necessarily a preference.)
Annie Dillard prefers a room with no view.
Agatha Christie liked to write in the desert, where there weren’t any distractions.
I could go on and on, but the point is this:
Great creative people must discover the space where they can focus, and be most productive.
Where’s that place for you? Share your spot for creating music, art, writing, or for making your creative gift happen. I’m curious to know what stimulates other creative people.