I just want to pick up on a couple of ideas that I raised over the past week. The first was that of scheduling time so that you can pursue innovative activities, and the second talked about intersections between science fiction writing and economics. I thought of both of these things again when I ran across a link from Boing Boing to the ‘Where I Write’ project by Kyle Cassidy, in which Cassidy takes photos of science fiction & fantasy authors in their writing spaces.
Most of the writing spaces are pretty idiosyncratic, like that of Michael Swanwick (above). And then I got to thinking that my office is pretty idiosyncratic too – and I go through all kinds of strange activities when it comes time to write. For me that is a central part of being creative.
The obvious question then is this: if we have to make allowances for creative people to organise their schedules like makers instead of managers, don’t we also have to allow them to organise their personal spaces like writers instead of drones? Do we do this? A lot of times, I don’t think we do. One thing that I’m reasonably sure of though, is that a clean-desk policy does not fit very well with an innovative culture…
What does your creative space look like?