When we picture success in our minds, we immediately go to the extreme. The most famous. The wealthiest. The award winning, best selling, ultimate, guru and rockstar of whatever field dominates our daydreams. We don't imagine the lifestyle of the poor, humble dude just barely getting by as he pursues a living doing what he loves. We envision the lifestyles of the rich and famous, as Robin Leach often showcased, or MTV Cribs later went on to share with us.
When I say the word actress, Julia Roberts may pop into your mind. Football star? Brett Favre. Homemaker? Martha Stewart. Chef? Gordon Ramsay. Singer? Frank Sinatra, or maybe Whitney Houston will swim before your eyes. So when I said about to design my home office I didn't google James Patterson and kitchen counter. Nor did I image search for J. K. Rowling + couch.
Instead I scoured my favorite author’s blogs, sent them Facebook messages and yes, Google image searched for famous author’s offices. If my goal was to create an epic creative space, why not start by viewing the best, most prolific, bestselling, long standing, offices of the pros? Below you will see the fruits of my labor. Here are four authors I aspire to be like, and the spaces in which they complete their work.
Here are a few other writing coves that I found interesting.
Jodi Piccoult writes in the upper room of a farmhouse where as middle grade author Paul Durham remodeled a chicken coop for his office. Neil Gaiman has done most of his writing for the past twenty years in a Gazebo he built himself. Jeff Kinney literally bought the house next to his, and does all of his work in the comfort of his... second... home. Stephen King looks relaxed while at work with his feet up, and Roald Dahl's workspace looks a lot like my current situation. (Thus, the need for a basement renovation and office installation!) Andrew Clements writes from a tiny house on his property and Agatha Christie seemed to have been a minimalist in what her creative juices required... just a woman, her thoughts, and a typewriter.
That's all for now friends! Can't wait to show you MY office... next week!