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