Don’t Write Alone: Where We Write

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
Where Manjula Martin Writes

The room is my Narnia wardrobe, my Woolfian fantasy writ real, a masc womb of creative independence. I call the room The Lair because who wouldn’t.

Sep 15, 2021
Where Chloe Angyal Writes

The hotel front desk bell was a gift from my fiancé, who gave it to me to ring every time I hit my daily word count goal for my first book.

Sep 02, 2021
Where Jami Attenberg Writes

Only now does my office feel like my home again. Only now does my body feel like my home again.

Aug 17, 2021
Where Nawaaz Ahmed Writes

The space that anchored me through a year of the pandemic, a safe harbor, feels too claustrophobic now. I crave to be outside.

Aug 02, 2021