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A Room of One’s Own
February seems a bit strange this year. It feels like a fresh start much more so than January did. Although it is still technically the middle of winter, it feels much more like spring. The snow melted some time ago; several times I have heard birdsong — the heralding of spring.
Is it too early to speak of spring? Spring after all, is a fresh start, a rebirth.
I will be beginning this spring with some rebirths of my own. My office, which I haven’t been using for over a year, has been undergoing some changes and will soon serve me better. My husband built me a custom-designed desk that will serve all my working, writing, art-making, and sewing needs. Yes, it is that huge!
After 3 months of semi-hibernation – I barely got out of my pajamas on most days – I’ve started going to yoga. Okay, I admit I do leave my house, but sometimes I do it in my pajamas, I have such a long coat that nobody can tell the difference. Maybe yoga attire isn’t much of a difference, but everyone’s got to start somewhere.
Virginia Woolf wrote that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” and I couldn’t agree more. (Have women writers’ needs changed so little in almost a century?) We bought this apartment because it would give me a much needed room of my own – with its own small but well-curated library. It isn’t some frivolity, I work at home, after all.
The room went into disuse over some time because stuff began to pile in there and I needed to be able to work and keep an eye on my son on days he was home sick from preschool. He’s in first grade now and his health has greatly improved. Not that he was staying home sick all that often. After some time, it was just more convenient to work at the dining room table. Although it was problematic if we wanted to invite guests.
Now I will have my room back with improvements, and for some reason I feel like I will be a hundred times more productive and more creative because of it.
Do you have a writing room or space? Do you think it’s important to your creativity and productivity?
My January accomplishments:
- Wrote 2 poems and 5 flash fiction pieces
- Worked on my WIP
- Submitted 1 flash fiction piece
- Wrote and submitted a proposal for a project that would bring my novel to life (and into print)