A Tiny Space of My Own

“All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved.”

A Room of One’s Own is a long essay by Virginia Woolf, first given as lectures then published in 1929. As you see left, I have a spot under the stairs. This is where I blog, write, pay the bills etc — from the creative to the mundane. It’s a little spot where I’m surrounded by my favorite things… yet it’s also central to the house and right in the children’s path. Chris Casson Madden wrote a book titled A Room of Her Own showing the spaces where women create and call their own. I think one’s environment has a great impact on creativity. Do you like to write at the coffee house, sitting by a river, quietly at your desk?

Fans of Woolf’s can read more about A Room and learn about Woolf-based events at this site.

One comment

  • Anonymous
    July 28, 2008 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I have had this sentence in my head for many years, but have yet to achieve “a room of my own.” I think it’s important for many reasons, not only for writing, but to have one’s own place to think, create, or read. Women most often end up sharing “their” room with the T.V., guests, other family members, but that elusive “room of \my own” is always just beyond reach. Fascinating book, anyway. Thanks for your thoughts. Your blog is a favorite.

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