Is there any consistency in the work spaces and desks of successful authors? Are they all neat, orderly & tidy or does a bit of chaos act as an unsung muse to inspire creativity?
Some like Mark Twain, Martin Amis and William Buckley worked best surrounded by stacks of undefined papers. Children’s author Rudyard Kipling and food writer Ruth Reichl fancied/fancy a window view at their desk. Shelves of books housed the catacomb-like work spaces of John Updike as well as contemporary writers Nigella Lawson and Colm Toibin. Jane Austen and Charles Dickens limited desk clutter by only allowing a quill, paper and ink bottle on their revered work desks while composing. Comfort was foremost on the mind of children’s writer Roald Dahl, who used a lap desk and comfy chair while he formulated his magical adventure tales.
Whatever your preference, the key to successful letters, journals, essays, poetry and prose begins with an agreeable work space and your favorite fine writing instrument.