Virginia Woolf famously recognized the importance of such a space in her 1929 essay, “A Room of One’s Own.” At the time, women fiction writers were few and far between because it was only in the wealthiest of families that a woman could have the space (and time) to think and create away from the work of family and home.
So, it is a great privilege that so many of us—women and men—now have the space in which to create.
Where do you go to get away from distraction and interruption? Is it a desk with no computer? Is it a contemplative garden or a table in the bedroom? The public library? A bustling studio of collaborators? Conference room? An acacia tree? Or maybe a large communal area where each has their own creative niche? Do you have different spaces for different parts of your creative process? Or is it—as it is for one friend—a calendar journal from grandmother in which to write a few lines during the daily bus commute from New Jersey to Manhattan?
Where is your creative space?