The other day I met a genie, though it was no incarnation of Robin Williams with almost infinite power. He apparently specialized in things revolving around the literary world, because my apparent wish was to create a perfect space for writing, instead of, I dunno, plenty of money or something. But I digress. To be fair to the genie, creating something like this requires a level of delicacy that would be made far easier with the aid of magic. I am a very picky person as well, so this all works out.
I’ve been to plenty of places and seen a number of awesome photographs. Over time I’ve pieced together what I want for a room where I can get plenty of writing done. I could get incredibly descriptive, but I’m going to list my main requirements.
1. Silence: This room needs to be soundproof, and I mean completely soundproof. I grew up living in a house where everyone felt it was necessary to do everything ten times louder than average. Walking around indoors? Put on your heaviest shoes so every step sounds like a gunshot on our wood floors. Watching a movie? Well it just ain’t a movie unless the walls are shaking. As for talking to each other in the same room? Nonsense. It’s much more efficient to be at opposite ends of the house and scream at each other, then complain that you can’t hear each other. When I was growing up I realized two things: A) The phrase ‘so loud I can’t hear myself think’ isn’t exaggeration, and B) I’m never getting any work done this way. This is why having a soundproof room is incredibly important.
2. Size: I don’t want anything big or fancy. A large room is a lot of distraction. Smaller rooms just feel more comfortable, and I’ve always been plenty productive in my own. It helps contain my focus, and I can write much better that way. Having plenty of comfy furniture inside would might make it seem crowded to some, but I’d like it that way.
3. Design: My room would be on the darker side, filled with artificial light. Natural light is great in some areas, but I often find it distracting. A low, warm light really helps the muse get going for some reason. While comfy furniture is nice, when I’m writing I prefer a nice desk with a chair I can’t really sink into. It’s still comfortable to me, just in a different way. As for the colours, I’m a fan of either darker warm/wood colours or black/white/glass mixes. I like simplistic and professional layouts. They bore a lot of people, but to me I feel right at home.
4. Sound: The vast majority of the time I cannot write with any sound in the background. This includes music. No matter how much the music fits, it often distracts me. That said, there is the rare occasion when I can have music going while I work. Either way, I want to be able to listen to my music library as nicely as possible. This room would have a lovely surround sound system so I could really immerse myself into it, whether I’m just prepping myself for writing or enjoying one of the rare times I can listen and write at the same time.
5. Food: Unlimited supply of chocolate. You take a piece and it grows back. Come on, he’s a genie. He can do that.
There are more specific details to be sure, but this covers what I like. I decided to take the writing angle on this one. My house is also going to have a library, but that’s a different room altogether (in more ways than one). This room is all about writing and how I can make things most efficient and awesome.
This post is in response to the Daily Prompt: Writing Room.