Huffington Post takes a look at where famous writers from the UK composed some of their finest works, including Virginia Woolf’s favorite spot for writing (see above). They make a fair point, too–scholars and academics often turn to the external factors that shaped an author’s writing, like social pressures and the political climate, but rarely actually turn to the place where the shaping of the work happened.
It appears to be something that writers, like Jim Harrison, occasionally struggle with:
“For years, I couldn’t write anywhere except at my cabin and my house and then my office in the granary, but two years ago I got liberated and wrote a novella in a motel in Montana. I felt splendid because then I wasn’t locked into those places.”
Do you have a set place for writing?