I live in a three-bedroom house – or as I like to call it, a two-bedroom house with study. Sometimes it’s my study, sometimes it’s a bedroom. With the imminent return of my eldest from university, today it’s a study, tomorrow it will be a bedroom again.
These four walls have seen two novel contracts signed, several short stories published, and a lot of Facebook procrastination. I knew it was temporary – I didn’t even hang my pictures on the wall properly, I just stuck them wherever there were already hooks – but it’s surprising how quickly two years fly by, isn’t it? I hate to think how quickly another two will slide past me.
Last time I had to vacate my study, back in 2011, I sat on the sofa in my living room and wrote in front of the TV, which – to be honest – isn’t the most productive way to work. I did, however, write my story collection You. I. Us. there, as well as a few other short stories, and… Actually, yeah, not so productive.
Which is why this time, I’m setting up in my bedroom instead. With a new book in early draft form, and another out next year, I can’t write on my lap anymore – I need space to make a lot of mess and talk to myself or read aloud. I need to pull funny faces to figure out the perfect expression for my character. I need to hide away and not be distracted by yet another episode of Death in Paradise.
Don’t get me wrong, it will be wonderful to have my son home again, and it’s a fantastic excuse to buy a new desk. I’m not really complaining. Well, just a little 🙂
If you work from home, what’s your set-up like? What would your dream work space look like?