Have you ever wanted to escape? I don’t mean to a holiday destination. That would be nice, of course, but I’m thinking more of somewhere free of distractions and responsibilities where you can focus entirely on your writing.
Recently my writing friend Joylene Butler said that if she ever “hit it big” she’d need an office outside the home so while she wrote she could avoid being sidetracked by the ever-present household chores.
It made me think of a post last year by Dave Ebright. He once visited Hemingway’s home and found his way out to the separate writing annex. His observation: “This is something all writers need. A separate building on one’s property devoted entirely to writing, preferably overlooking a pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens.”
I don’t imagine every writer aspires to an isolated office but I love the idea. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the blessing of my current space. I know many would give… I was going to say their right arm, but that’s a ridiculous cliché for a writer, so maybe their first-born… to have a room in their house set aside just for writing. But I like to dream.
My dream writing space would be in a small outbuilding tucked away in the woods behind our house, with a view of the beaver pond. It would be a spot where the sounds of God’s natural world would encourage my creative thoughts, unlike the household sounds of telephone, doorbell, and laundry timer that compete with them.
I discovered this wonderful Japanese teahouse and could easily imagine it as my getaway spot. Then again, for seasons other than summer I might need rainproof walls and a little pot bellied stove or fireplace to keep fingers and toes toasty. But if I’m dreaming I might as well choose ideal weather, too.
If money were no object what would your perfect writing retreat look like?