Most writers have a favorite writing place: my study, an office, a sunny glade. But some writers take it one step further. They have a writing spot that moves.
Don Murray, the first writing coach, wrote as he drove his van. He dictated books to his wife Minnie Mae, who sat at a portable desk in the back seat.
Liu Ming, who teaches feng shui and Chinese medicine in Oakland, built an eight-foot cube on wheels in his 1,100 square-foot loft. The cube contains a bedroom, a meditation area, and his study.
He says he “added wheels for feng shui purposes. Now that it is portable, I can spin it on an axis, I can point my head and point my desk in different compass directions for different projects. If I am writing something and feel blocked, I can get up and move the room.”
He “wanted to design the work space so that it could also turn — turn it toward the light on a sunny day, or in a different mood, turn it to the wall and meet a deadline.”
He can even change the view, from downtown Oakland to “the hills and the sunrise.”
Now you might think that having a custom splendid view might distract you from writing, but remember that Petrarch climbed Mont Ventoux for inspiration, and Wordworth made a career of writing about emotions occasioned by landscape.
George Bernard Shaw anticipitated Mr. Liu when he built his revolving writing hut at Shaw’s Corner in Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England. It turned on a track to follow the path of the sun. Not a bad technique for the British Isles.