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The Ideal Office for a Writer

By On Oct 28 2011, 8:10 am

One of my favorite TV programs is called Escape to the Country. Each week a couple who dream of relocating to the country are taken to visit three different properties. During today’s show, one of the properties had an amazing office. It was separate from the house and had incredible views out over the surrounding countryside.

I have office envy.

Just think – at the end of the day, all you’d need to do is turn off the lights and return to the house. Imagine the benefits. The next day you’d find your research books exactly where you left them. Children and puppies wouldn’t manage to create chaos with your nicely ordered piles of paper the minute you turned your back.

Ah, bliss.

I’m lucky enough to have an office, although a lot of the time I sit in my La-Z-boy and type away on my laptop. This isn’t always ideal because the puppy loves to sit on my La-Z-boy too. She thinks possession is nine-tenths of the law, and if I get up it’s almost a sure thing that there will be a defiant puppy sitting on it when I return.

Today I started to think about my ideal office. This is what I decided I'd like:

1. A view

2. A large desk

3. A comfortable chair

4. Walls lined with bookcases for my reference books

5. A handy restroom

6. A puppy-free zone (she keeps stealing paper from my trash bin)

7. No phone

8. A large white board so I can plot

9. A pleasing ambience with candles/music/pretty colors on the walls

10. A well-behaved computer/printer

11. Somewhere to make a cup of tea or coffee

12. A “Do Not Disturb” sign and perhaps a lock on the door


What would your ideal office look like?


Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a mischievous puppy. When she's not writing she  loves to travel, watch rugby (Yay, the All Blacks!), read books (romance, of course) and ride her bicycle. To learn more about Shelley and her books visit her website at You will also find her on Facebook or Twitter


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