“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." -- Virginia Woolf
After much planning, we will be moving into a brand new home next week, and the new house will contain a writing office for me.
With all due respect to Virginia Woolf, I find myself perhaps more motivated by the lack of tax deductions on my Schedule C than feminist sensibility.
With the lovable agents of the internal revenue kept firmly in mind, I am determined to have a gen-u-wine tax-deductible writing office, and I've spent a lot of time figuring out what I really need in it (bulletin boards, lots of drawers to hide mess out of sight), and what I don't (distracting views out the window, bookcases full of tempting reading material that will lure me to spend time reading instead of writing).
My office is being furnished in high style (!) with components from Ikea. It will have a bunch of cubes like this:
This will give me drawers to put all my papers and supplies in, and finally allow me to have an office that isn't cluttered--one of my pet peeves.
Here's the layout of my main office wall:
I'll have four (4!) bulletin boards for brainstorming characters and plots, and even room for my beloved Eiffel tower lamps and my collection of Barbie dolls (yes, I have a collection of Barbie dolls).
How about you? Do you have a writing office? If you do, what's in it? Does it meet your needs as a writer, or are there things about it you'd change?
What would your dream office look like?
Have you been to Pajaro Bay?