Writing Spaces: Where 9 Famous Creatives Do Their Best Work

Writing Spaces: Where 9 Famous Creatives Do Their Best Work

Where’s your favorite place to write? What space inspires you, helps you be productive and keeps you organized? Without a place to foster their creativity, many writers might not be able to get their work out into the world.

We want to see your #writespace, where the magic happens! Head over to Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest and share an image of your workspace using the hashtag #writespace, then tag @thewritelife.

Need some inspiration? Check out the writing environments and workspaces of these famous artists, writers and storytellers.

1. E.B. White, author

Sometimes all you need is a comfortable desk with a view of the outdoors for inspiration. (Ideally, near a farm with plenty of , including a few .)

Image: e.b. White

2. Jane Austen, author

This table may be tiny, but it of her later works, including , , and a revision of .

Image: Jane Austen

3. Mark Twain, author

When you’re struggling to write, sometimes taking a break can help get your creative juices flowing. Perhaps a game of pool would inspire some ideas?

Image: Mark Twain

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4. Nigella Lawson, chef and food writer

When you’re looking for inspiration, having all your favorite books within arm’s reach certainly can’t hurt.

Image: Nigella Lawson

5. Steve Jobs, inventor

Jobs was well-known minimalist. He one home by saying, “All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo.”

Image: Steve Jobs

6. Virginia Woolf, author

This simple desk and chair overlooking the outdoors were ideal for writing, at least in the summer. Woolf that this converted toolshed was so cold in the winter that she couldn’t hold a pen!

Image: Virgina Woolf's Desk

7. Tina Fey, author and comedian

Were you wondering about the workspace that may have inspired , or ?

Image: Tina Fey

8. Chip Kidd, book cover designer

Many artists find their creative inspiration in other books, authors and stories.

Image: Chip Kidd

9. George Bernard Shaw, playwright

Keep it simple with a typewriter, a clean white desk and a small window in a private place. That last one was key for Shaw, who once , “People bother me. I came here to hide from them.”

Image: George Bernard Shaw

What’s your favorite place to write? Share your workspace with the hashtag #writespace on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and tag @thewritelife to join the conversation!

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48 comments

  • James says:

    I’m envious of some of the spaces listed. I write long-hand – more intimate – and then transcribe in my well lit, cool basement office. Even though I’m an introvert, I sometimes have to get out and do some of my work around people at a local coffee shop which, ironically, is in a converted old library.

  • Jeanine says:

    Wonderful article! While I love my current writing space, found on Pinterest here:

    I am considering transforming my bedroom closet into my new writing space. There’s something about a tiny, dark space with the glow of a salt lamp that inspires me! I guess I like a cavernous atmosphere.

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