2008/07/02

A room of one's own


A room with a view.

My view is the forest of fir trees, the field, and the mountains across the Gorge.

And my room will look out on them.

Last weekend I bought three more books for my shelves that will be in my room. On one wall, above one arm of my L-shaped corner desk, there will be desk-to-ceiling shelves. On those shelves will be my books. When I look up from writing - or reading - or thinking - or just sitting - I will look up at a place where all my most dear pages and covers will be. Fiction and non-fiction, and only the favorites. The ones that tell me who I am. Those books will be on that wall, in the triangle between the window and the sloping ceiling of the roof, above the surface of the desk. On the bottom shelf, closest to hand, will be the books that speak to craft. Books like Making a Literary Life, and Madeleine L'Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life.

One of the books on those shelves will be How To Write, by Richard Rhodes. (Did I buy it because there is a typewriter on the cover?)
Writing is work, hard work, and its rewards are personal more than financial, which means most people have to do it after hours. But if writing is work, learning to write isn't necessarily painful. To the contrary, silence is pain that writing relieves. Our uniqueness isolates us. Writing, we make our way out of isolation onto the commons that we share.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Willa said...

Oh, I like that quote. It makes sense of a lot of things.
July 1, 2008 11:40 PM

Stephanie said...

Thanks, Willa. That's what I thought too. And sorry about how I've put your comment up. I got some spammers and had to do something about their addresses showing up here.

Polly said...

How do you plan to write Stephanie? Manual typewriter? Longhand? Computer?

Stephanie said...

Computer. Most assuredly, computer. Ever since I shattered my elbow (a long time ago) a keyboard that's bent in the middle is my fastest way of writing, and all the corrections and cuts and pastes and such thing are so automatic now that there's no longer a learning curve for it. On the other hand, if they change it all again, I might have to resort to buying bootlegged computers on dark urban corners to get the computer type I can use!!!