Don’t you love how a simple Internet search can lead you on wonderful side trip adventures? I’ve been thinking this week about redecorating my home office. A quick Google search sent me to an article “Creating Your Writing Space” on Christian Writing Today.com. That sent me exploring writing spaces of famous authors, which led me to several articles about George Bernard Shaw’s rotating writing hut.
Shaw wrote in a small, simple shed on his property.
But simple didn’t mean unsophisticated. Behind those shabby outer walls was an office with electricity, a telephone, and a buzzer system connected to his house.
Even more sophisticated was the turntable foundation on which he built the shed. Think of it set on a large Lazy Susan.
Why a rotating shed? The only window was placed directly across from the door. This allowed Shaw to rotate his writing shed so the window or door faced the wind and created cross ventilation. If Shaw preferred to work in direct light, all he had to do was go outside and rotate the shed so the sun shone through the window. On cool days, the sunny window helped to heat the shed. On warm days, Shaw could rotate the shed so the window was in the shade. The flexibility of being able to rotate his writing space created an ideal writing environment for Shaw.
On my little Internet side trip, I even found a rough plan for building one of these.
So what do you think? Will you be heading to the lumberyard this weekend for supplies?
If you liked this post, visit Fuel Your Writing‘s web page and type “writing spaces” into the search bar. They have more than a few good articles on spaces where writers write.
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