By Alex Terrell | Friday, February 21, 2020
By Alex Terrell
Friday, February 21, 2020
This is my space. It's where I write. Where I create and destroy. Where I pace back-and-forth in front of my computer, my notebook, my tea. Where I look out my window at the winseome woman across the way that has two adorable dogs that often distract me. This is where I sit down and try to do the hardest thing -- write.
I didn’t always have a space to do my work. I often found myself writing in bookstores, coffee shops, buses, wherever I could have a moment alone with my thoughts. Now I’m lucky to say that I have this space I dedicate to the work.
It has become more and more important for me to make space for myself to carry out this difficult task of writing. I need a place where, as bell hooks would say, my soul can rest. When I’m at my desk I know it’s time to work. It’s time to make something good. And it’s right, it’s always right for me to do it here with my tea to the right of me and a stack of books to the left. I always have books on my desk just in case I need to be reminded of what I’m doing here.
I often keep Holly Black’s novel Tithe on my desk as a kind of good luck charm. It just makes me feel better to have it there. It being the first book she wrote and the first book I’d ever read that transported me to a different place. It was the first book I read that made me lose track of my surroundings. That’s haunted me like a familiar spirit all through the years. Do you have a book that has done that for you?
Since I’ve gotten older and carried on writing, I’ve often wondered what Holly Black’s space looked like when writing Tithe. Did she write in her bed? In her bathrobe? Or at the kitchen table? Was it quiet or chaotic?
I’ve written things I’m very proud of in the most chaotic of spaces. I sometimes like a bit of chaos. But what I like more is knowing this space will be here should I need it. Even if it’s just to sit here and sip tea and daydream about my characters. This space is mine. It’s my battlefield, my faerie realm, my escape. It’s so important for writers to have a place to go. A place where you can feel safe and where your mind can wander. A space all your own.
Do you have a place like that? If not, do not fear, these spaces are rarely obtained without a bit of searching. You never know when you may find it. Or when it may find you.
I’m looking forward to making a writer’s space with you all.