Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Noteworthy Places to Write

Stephanie

Author Maya Angelou prefers to work sprawled across her bed and writing in longhand on a  yellow legal pad. Her indispensable working tool, in addition to a thesaurus and dictionary, is The Holy Bible. (Moneta Sleet, Jr./EBONY Collection)
Author Maya Angelou prefers to work sprawled across her bed and writing in longhand on a yellow legal pad. Her indispensable working tool, in addition to a thesaurus and dictionary, is The Holy Bible. (Moneta Sleet, Jr./EBONY Collection)

Do you have a special place just for writing? A favorite room, desk, table, coffee shop, or picnic table in a park? In a 1990 interview, esteemed author Maya Angelou told George Plimpton:

“I have kept a hotel room in every town I’ve ever lived in. I rent a hotel room for a few months, leave my home at six, and try to be at work by six-thirty. To write, I lie across the bed, so that this elbow is absolutely encrusted at the end, just so rough with callouses. I never allow the hotel people to change the bed, because I never sleep there. I stay until twelve-thirty or one-thirty in the afternoon, and then I go home and try to breathe; I look at the work around five; I have an orderly dinner—proper, quiet, lovely dinner; and then I go back to work the next morning. Sometimes in hotels I’ll go into the room and there’ll be a note on the floor which says, Dear Miss Angelou, let us change the sheets. We think they are moldy. But I only allow them to come in and empty wastebaskets. I insist that all things are taken off the walls. I don’t want anything in there. I go into the room and I feel as if all my beliefs are suspended. Nothing holds me to anything.”  – Read the full interview here.

(I am a fairly notorious bed writer myself – though both my elbows get roughed up as I tend to lie on my stomach propped up on my forearms in what is known in the yoga world as “Sphinx” pose.)

Need some inspiration for a new writing locale? 

The Libraries, Studies, and Writing Rooms of 15 Famous Men at The Art of Manliness

Famous Writers’ Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts at Apartment Therapy

40 Inspiring Workspaces Of The Famously Creative at Buzzfeed Life

Where Do You Write? Famous Writers’ Desks at Writers Anon

 


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