Unlike most of my colleagues, the thought of a writing shed at the bottom of the garden fills me with horror.

I want to be near the front door (in case any of the junk I’ve ordered online arrives), near the telephone (in case someone with only my landline phones to say I’ve just won the Nobel, Booker, or Pulitzer prize), and near the kitchen to keep an eye on the mice.

Besides, I like my teensy office at the front of the house. It has a view of the street, which on a good day includes foxes, criminal activity, and domestic disputes.

My husband likes working at home too, despite having a proper studio nearby, and has filled the spare room with paintings, heaps of drawings, casts for his invention (that will someday make us millions), paints, ink, and the object most likely to be responsible for the eventual demise of our marriage — bits of blue putty rubber moulded into horrible little blue balls that I find all over the house.

So we’re building a painting studio in the back garden.

When I showed my husband the plans, he looked sad. You don’t love me anymore.”

“What? I’m building you the world’s most beautiful studio!”

“Then you’ll change the locks. You’ll get on with your life and I’ll have to stand at the back door with my nose pressed to the glass.”

“No you won’t,” piped up our 13-year-old. “Mum’ll be living out there too. I’ll let you both in sometimes for a meal. It’ll be nice.”

What the heck.  Maybe it will.


7 thoughts on “The Writer’s Shed

  1. Kathryn Evans 8 years ago

    It’s a hidey hole, a love nest, a perfect getaway- I love it. And it looks like it might be made of gingerbread so I expect the mice will join you shortly.

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      I’m sorry to report that the picture above is not the actual studio. I wanted one made of gingerbread, but apparently it’s a nightmare to insulate.

  2. bookwitch 8 years ago

    I want a shed. For the husband, which will then leave me to do as I like in the house.

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      I’m with you.

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  4. Candy Gourlay 8 years ago

    I’ve got a writing shed. I even blogged about it. It’s terrific. But do I write in it? No. I go up the hill to the local Caffe Nero to get away from the internet and the shed’s other temptations.

  5. Meg 8 years ago

    No one I know actually writes in their writing shed. Roald Dahl has a lot to answer for.

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