Roxana Robinson’s Writing Room

One of the things I’ve most missed about my Cambridge apartment (which I left when I moved to New York in early 2007) is the perfect home office I’d managed to create there. Now that I am on my way to securing a dedicated writing space in a new Manhattan abode, I have been thinking about how wonderful it will be to have all my books, binders, and papers within reach again. And a big desk. For starters.

So I was certainly intrigued to see the New York Times run an article this past weekend that focused on author Roxana Robinson’s home writing “hideout.” I was particularly interested in Robinson’s choice to work in a room the article describes as “as spare as a monk’s cell,” rather than in “a study that would seem the ideal lair for a novelist.”

Most of all, I was just happy to see the subject of a writer’s working space treated so front-and-center in the newspaper’s real estate section!

3 thoughts on “Roxana Robinson’s Writing Room

  1. Lori A. May says:

    Thank you for sharing the Times link. What a great piece. I so love to hear about the spaces writers create for themselves. I love imagining the work zone and clutter (or sparseness) and seeing how writers live and breathe in their self-created zones. The Times gave us a real nice glimpse into Robinson’s ‘hideout.’

    Have fun creating your new space!

    Lori A. May

  2. Aaron says:

    It doesn't take a fancy space to write. Most people who consider themselves writers have a "place" to write, but try venturing out and writing someplace new. You'll find new environs will also give you new perspectives.

    A. Sims

  3. Erika D. says:

    Thanks, Lori, for the good wishes. And yes, Aaron, of course you're right. And I think one point of the Times piece is exactly that Robinson doesn't want anything "fancy." (Even within what may be an otherwise fancy apartment!)

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