There is an interesting piece at chroniclevitae about creating a space for writing, and continued at #whereiwrite. I have a great home study, which is where I do most of my writing – this is a picture of the last but one home study, and with the old PC, at the moment I completed The Birth of Territory in 2012. In recent years I’ve done more and more while away, on a laptop in libraries, shared offices, open offices, or flats and hotel rooms. The biggest problem I have when doing this is the frustration of knowing I could resolve a reference query with a book that is on the other side of the room on the other side of the world… And I do miss having two monitor screens: I make more notes on paper when using a laptop. This is today, as I’m working on Foucault’s Last Decade: I’m getting better at working this way. I still need it to be fairly tidy though, or at least, as the first picture shows, everything there is needed at that very time. I can’t imagine doing anything creative in a place like this. Alternatively, you could take your writing on the train, with Amtrak’s writers in residence scheme. Though recently I’ve been doing a lot of writing in this marvellous room in the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne:
Update: David Beer follows up with his own writing spaces here.