Saturday, February 18, 2012

David McCullough's Writing Shed

Shedworking blog is running a post on David McCullough's backyard writing shed.

Here is a description of the shed from an interview McCullough did in The Paris Review.

Nothing good was ever written in a large room,” David McCullough says, and so his own office has been reduced to a windowed shed in the backyard of his Martha’s Vineyard home. Known as “the bookshop,” the shed does not have a telephone or running water. Its primary contents are a Royal typewriter, a green banker’s lamp, and a desk, which McCullough keeps control over by “flushing out” the loose papers after each chapter is finished. The view from inside the bookshop is of a sagging barn surrounded by pasture. To keep from being startled, McCullough asks his family members to whistle as they approach the shed where he is writing.


Angelia Phillips said...

Thanks for this! It's interesting!

I'm still sticking with my plans for an RV that I can drive to wherever I feel is the perfect place to be writing, depending on what literature project I'm working on.

This place sounds incredibly cozy and nearly distraction-free. But, cool as it is, I'd still be in need of a kitchenette so I could keep the coffee flowing (I loveeee coffee!), and a bathroom ... because of the coffee, lol!

Differences in preferences aside, great little article!

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