The Secrets of the Writing Shed

There is nothing that appears more romantic to me, than the idea of a dedicated writing space. Free from the distractions of the normal world, and safe in it’s anonymity, it keeps the writer in a womb-like bubble and aids the creativity of an imaginary world.

I don’t claim to know the habits of every writer that has ever lived, but there are definitely some that have seemed to nail the writers idyll to perfection. Let me take you round a couple of my favourite writers nooks.

Dylan Thomas

His shack has been kept as a testament to one of Wales favourite sons. His work still littered around the room as if he had just popped out for a couple, or eight, pints down the road. I love the simplicity; it is literally a space where he was comfortable enough to sit and write, and that’s it. In fact, the chair doesn’t even look that comfortable.

The view is also fantastic, and I can imagine staring out of the window and watching the seasons unfold over the water. But the finest part of this place for me, is the secretiveness. It just looks like a shed on the side of the road where lawnmowers and old plant pots are kept. People can walk past and have no idea of the genius that works within.

Roald Dahl

I grew up with Roald Dahl’s imagination, and like to think of him as a third Grandad. His children’s stories take you to a different world, and that feeling of escapism still resonates with me today. So, when I look at the space that he used to create these masterpieces, I’m not surprised that it’s separated from the rest of the world. Willy Wonka, Mr.Fox, and The BFG all lived in here, and their voices must still reverberate around it’s walls.

The shed was situated at the bottom of his garden, nestled in an orchard in Buckinghamshire. It was so private that he wouldn’t even let family members enter, and his friend and illustrator Quentin Blake was only ever allowed in it once. Again, he only had the bare essentials necessary for making his craft, and nothing else besides.

There are a few attributes that are common between these two writing sanctuary’s:

  • Secret
  • No connection to the outside world
  • Basic
  • Simple comfort
  • Solitary
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Inspiring

As you can probably tell, I would like to get myself one of these. A view of the sea would be on my shopping list, with seclusion and electricity a must. For as much as these two writing sheds were off the grid, times have changed and a laptop would  be a bare minimum requirement… but the Internet, however, can be kept at the door.

What components does your perfect writing spot have in your mind, or perhaps you already have one?

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