What is your ideal writing space like?

A week ago I asked the question,ย where is your favourite place to write? … Now I want to know what your ideal writing space is like? If you could write in any location, in any office. What would it look like? Where would it be? What features would it have to have?

My ideal office would be a bright and open. With lots of white furniture and plenty of big windows overlooking the beach or a nice garden. And there definitely has to be a nice reading nook too. Like this:

Perhaps overall it would look a little like this?

What is your ideal writing space like? Delve into your imaginations.

I have more images on my Pinterest Board

About Jodie @ Words Read & Written

Book blogger & aspiring author.
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31 Responses to What is your ideal writing space like?

  1. Windows overlooking trees (and no traffic). fireplace, one huge table for research, another with the computer (w/o any possibility of a network connection). No TVs, no traffic going through the room. Good stereo system (I listen to ambient music when writing).
    [Yes, I’ve thought this through.]
    Daniel

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  2. Definitely in a high rise in a big city with floor to ceiling windows, where I can look out and take in all the energy from above as trip hop or downtempo music plays in the background; candles, dim lights, and a glass of dry red wine ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I would definitely have a desk facing a large window with a tree outside. It would be gorgeous in autumn and on sunny days. If we’re talking ideals, there would perhaps be a river or pond, but that’s a little harder to arrange.

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  4. Jay Dee says:

    A private room with a desk, computer, plenty of bookshelves, a sofa, and wine red walls. I’ve thought this out quite a bit, actually. I even posted about it several months ago: http://ireadencyclopedias.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/my-dream-writing-studio/

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  5. melodyspen says:

    I would take any place (cabin, highrise, cottage in the middle of nowhere) as long as there were no interruptions from the outside world and absolute, blissful silence. No phone signal or internet access. There would be shelves filled with every resource book necessary for research, along with my trust thesaurus and dictionary. A nice, cozy wood stove or fireplace would be an added bonus.

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  6. I love your ideas for an office – I think the white theme and all the sunshine from the numerous windows would help with any desperate depressions on those days when my writing is Just Terrible. I would also need it to overlook some nature, preferably trees, but if it’s in a place where anything ever happens outside that window other than birds and breezes I would get too distracted. Lots of walls space for sticky notes, walls utterly bookshelved, and a desktop computer because laptop keyboards suck. You post interesting questions that make me really consider the way I write!

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  7. Karen says:

    My ideal writing space: Thousands of books around me. A big window with either a good view at the sky, or a vast view at what nature’s got to offer (woods, fields, etc.). A little bit of background music. Coffee needs to be available as well.

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  8. The best place for me is… my workplace. Surprisingly. I work in retail in a specialist store, so we don’t get too many customers. I use my downtime to write, and plus I don’t get distracted so easily. But shhhhh, don’t tell my bosses! Time to lean, time to clean and all that.

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  9. Jessica Lauren Jane says:

    At the moment, probably a couch or my bedroom. Quiet usually, maybe some background noise from the television. I can’t talk to people and write at the same time. Too distracting.
    I wouldn’t mind trying to write at coffee shop once ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. rlsharpe says:

    My ideal writing spot is a lot like yours. I always imagined a big window looking out over trees. Lots of books – walls lined with shelves, and a nice comfy couch. And a lock to keep the world out ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. My ultimate writing space would have to be in Thailand in one of those little huts on the sea. With lots of air conditioning, a good internet connection and a chair hammock, so that I could gently rock myself whilst creating.

    Only to climb into my private Jacuzzi, on the wooden patio, where I would look out and gain inspiration from the turquoise waters.

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  12. A really small corner, surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. The room would have an ambient glow around it from a lamp that emitted an orange light. There would be a computer with no internet and my record player just next to it. Above the desk, there would be one window, small but visible when sitting down that looked out at green mountains. That’s taken me a while to perfect.

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  13. Jordan says:

    Mine is more like the second photo, but with some darker colors and more wall to wall bookshelves.

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  14. Luanne says:

    Beautiful, but too much white because that washes out the brain.

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  15. amandawaz says:

    I am a hostess at a restaurant and I actually do a lot of writing there. The customers and employees are extremely interesting and sometimes inspiring to watch and make up stories about. I have tons of pocket sized notebooks filled with these elaborate back stories about strangers I’ve seen or fictionalized experiences I’ve had. For a more private setting, I would prefer something like in the original post – comfy chair, big windows overlooking the woods, and of course somewhere to lounge and read if a break is needed.

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  16. Selena says:

    Thanks for stopping by…my ideal space? A cabin in the woods, by myself, no internet or phone. Sounds spooky…but then, I write horror ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  17. My perfect writing space would be an old study, wall to ceiling bookshelves filled to the brim, lots of dark wood with a large window that overlooks the open sea, a large heavy wooden desk would sit in the center of the room and have a high-back leather chair facing toward the window so that there would be an unobstructed view to the outside. I think I would opt for pen and lots of paper as my tools of choice, no phone and no noise other than the song of the gulls. Well, back to the real world I guess, but it is nice to dream. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. I would like a place on a secluded beach with french doors so I can open them to let the smell and sound of the ocean float in with the breeze. My floors would be dark hardwood and the walls would be nothing but filled bookshelves. I would have a nice little nook adorned with plenty of plush pillows and throws. No television or phone. A lap desk that I can set my laptop on, with lots of notepads, charts, and pencils within reach. Lastly, and on some days I would argue most importantly, I’d need a quality coffee maker.

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  19. dustomundo says:

    Lovely photos, Jodie!:)

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  20. I love to write on my computer, looking for software for my books I plan to write. I love to sit in one chair to read. I like to read more but college takes all of my free time.

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  21. Same as you, though for sure on a side where direct sunlight can come in!

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  22. I actually prefer to write in bed, so any room with a cosy bed in it would do (old-lady v-shaped pillow and foam wedge essential!). Also, a tiny table so I wouldn’t get such warm legs from my laptop would be great – a girl can dream….

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  23. A.D. Everard says:

    Anything goes? It would have to be a room for every mood, from big, bright and spacious, to small, dark and cosy and just about everything you can imagine in between. Something with height and a grand view. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. theotherwoman97 says:

    Fireside, cozy, on the couch, my Golden Retriever at my feet… Lots of natural light, mood music playing & a great glass of wine!

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  25. A tree house but with all the comforts of a living room and the functionality of an office. Probably overlooking the ocean or in the mountains. Definitely includes a mini fridge, a very big computer screen, ergonomic chair, big desk, reading sofa, nice rugs, hot water boiler, good hot chocolate and tea, comfortable blankets, good books, and NO BOYS ALLOWED! Probably also an “inspiration wall” where I have a lot of awesome pictures. Essentially, a Princess Parlor (which is the female equivalent, I decided, to a Man Cave).

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  26. sbpraeceptor says:

    Anywhere as long as someone takes away both toddler and husband… After that, anything goes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  27. I will and can write anywhere, anytime. For me, it’s not ideal writing space. It’s ideal writing music. Celtic fantasy works best with some good Irish fiddle music in the background. Dystopian likes depressing minor key classical and certain kinds of rock music.

    But my favorite place to write is my living room, usually with the family wondering in and out. I only want peace and quiet when I edit.

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  28. sarahlearichards says:

    A space that is dedicated solely to writing. Right now, my office space is more like an office corner in my daughter’s nursery.

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  29. jreidauthor says:

    I actually plug in my noise canceling headphones and go to a Starbucks. I tend to relax on my couch if I’m at home, so getting out and about forces me to focus on my writing. It is easier for me to tune out a bunch of strangers and noise than it is for me to resist my warm couch on a cold day.

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  30. My bedroom. I have everything I need. Three computers (Mac, PC, Laptop) two tables (one for laptop others for the two desktops, good music system, comfy chair, and unlimited internet access. I can also sit up in bed with my laptop if I’m feeling lazy. Oh, and my room is right next to the bathroom, in case I need to go.

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