Don’t Write Alone: Where We Write

During Hectic Times, Hotels Offered Me a Safe, Quiet Place to Write

My getaways made me realize how the hotel industry has missed an economic and ethical opportunity by not marketing discounted rooms to locals.

Feb 01, 2023
Looping Music Takes Me to a “Place” Where I Can Write

Putting songs on repeat helps me get into a writing flow, return to my projects after time away, and access memories and moods more easily.

Dec 06, 2022
As a Disabled Writer, I Am a Rich Innovator

When I am in pain, I stare out the windows and write about a world I am too sick to access. Creating in my office reminds me that though the world can wound, it is also a wonder.

The Wet Desk

Smug behind my snug desk, working so far from New York, these many months gave me distance to write about catastrophe in the rest of the world.

Oct 19, 2022
Writing in the Nooks and Crannies of the Day or Night

Writing requires solitude so that the ghosts will come unencumbered.

Sep 15, 2022
Kristen Arnett and Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya on Sharing a Writing Space

Neither of us has dated another writer—we both said we wouldn’t. Part of our hesitation had to do with very literal questions of how to share space.

I Write Wherever My Mind Can Be Free

Better than controlling my writing mind, I’ve figured out that what my brain wants most is to be free

Sep 08, 2022
You Don’t Write Alone

We learn from other books. When younger writers only want to write and not read, I worry that their books will lack the depth that literature’s history supplies.

Aug 09, 2022
Writing Is a Force

I have somehow managed to graduate from the late nights, the early mornings, and the stolen lunch breaks to full-time regular hours, writing in an office with a desk and books all around me.

Aug 03, 2022
Everything in Arm’s Reach

For the vast majority of the last few years, my life has spatially collapsed to one desk in one room in one apartment with one view. Sometimes it feels like too much life for one piece of furniture and a few windows to hold.

Jul 13, 2022
Wherever I Am, I Write From a Place of Grief

Walang katapusan ang dalamhati. What else can I do but live through it? Write through it?

Jun 23, 2022
Living as Though the World Were One Long Summer

I aspire to read and to write as much as I can. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to do so in front of a window out of which I can see trees ache and bloom all summer.

Writing in the Kitchen, in the Presence of Those I Love Most

Maybe I’m just not a writer who’s meant to work in peace and quiet, as lovely as that sounds.

Mar 10, 2022
My Pothos Plant Finally Convinced Me to Write in My Office

Not so long ago, I was a writer who wrote anywhere but at her desk.

Feb 23, 2022
Writing at Home With My Parents, Who I’m Definitely Not Fictionalizing in My Novel

It doesn’t really matter at all where I write—as long as, at some point, I have the option and availability to transition to my bed.

Jan 10, 2022
Where Tajja Isen Writes

I like to think that writing where I live has allowed me to let more of life into my writing.

Oct 25, 2021
Where Matt Ortile Writes

I try to be agnostic about where I write; I never have an excuse to not.

Oct 18, 2021
Where Rae Nudson Writes

I’m afraid I have always been like this: always doing slightly more than I can handle, stealing moments to get it all done.

Oct 05, 2021
Where José Vadi Writes

“I blame my first studio apartment for my habit of writing in kitchens.”

Sep 29, 2021