My Writing Space: Lynn Bauman-Milner

“My Writing Space” is a series about writers and the places in which they write. To contribute, send a photo of your writing space along with a paragraph or two describing it and its influence on your writing to beaver[at] with the subject line “My Writing Space.”


I waited for almost ten years to have a dedicated space to myself, a Woolf-esque room of my own. During that time, my space has shifted from the kitchen, to the dining room, then finally to a shared office with my husband. But now, I have this lovely conservatory all to myself. When the door closes, no one is allowed in (except for the cats, of course). The windows look out onto my back garden here in West Yorkshire, which is much nicer to look at since having it redone. I can stare out the window, and watch the grass blow in the breeze while I work out a scene. Or (more likely) fixate on how long the grass is and I should really get out there and mow it, thereby avoiding the plot-knot snarling up my brain.

mws_bauman-milner_2This room has been the focus of all my writing activities—from short stories to longer projects to lesson plans and resources. The desk was a gift from my parents, purchased from a charity shop on one of their very rare visits to the UK. This desk has seen me through at least three different computers, five broken printers, two houses, eight years of teaching, and one novel (with two more on the way). Both the desk and the room have acquired a fair amount of clutter, but it is organized and out of the way. And it’s my clutter. So there.

As long as there is space for a coffee cup, a clear path to the keyboard, and a box for the cat to sleep in (not on my hands while I’m typing), I’m happy.