Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Landscape, Language, Teaching, Wildness, Beauty, Imagination

Writing Space of One’s Own


My writing room.

My writing room.

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”  ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

I haven’t always loved the above quote by Virginia Woolf. I especially did not love it when I was writing at the kitchen table, on the couch surrounded by kids and dogs, and at my desk in the living room amidst the deep living of life with three teenagers, husband, and big German Shepherd.

I have always loved and been fascinated by writing spaces. I’ve been so fascinated that I devoted a piece to Writing Spaces Around the World. There is just something so insightful, intimate, and fascinating about the spaces where people put their worlds into words.

Kitchen table writing space.

Kitchen table writing space.

Most of my writing life has taken place at the kitchen table with life happening all around. Oh, the marvelous discovery of ear plugs! Suddenly, one sits in a somewhat gauzy space and can focus.

Our home for the past years has burst at the seams with children, animals, and life. So much so that we converted (a term I use loosely—it has insulation) our garage into a bedroom for our oldest son, Wyatt. One evening at dinner, the kids were complaining about the small size of our house. “Compared to most places people live around the world, our home is huge!” I said.

“Mom,” Wyatt said, “I sleep in the garage.” I admitted that he had a point. 

In the unfolding of life, Wyatt left this fall for college. He wasn’t gone 24 hours and his younger brother, Luke, had claimed his room and Wynn had claimed Luke’s. With the shifting and movement, suddenly, a room of my own, a room with a door, opened before me. Every inch of my new writing room creaks with meaning, roots, relationship, and love.

One never really has enough book shelves.

One never really has enough book shelves.

Long ago, in a galaxy far away, I sewed. Nobody in my family believes me. Since Baby #3 arrived 15 years ago, I made her baby quilt, started writing, and have not sewn since. Now, I have a space to sew, where I don’t have to put everything away at the end of the day!

Shelves and sewing space.

Shelves and sewing space. Wooden toys for young visitors.

The below warning is true. Dad gave me this t-shirt. I envision as a highly embroidered pillow.



 Dolls across the generations and countries.

Dolls across generations and countries.

Dolls across generations and countries.

La gran Frida Kahlo brings spirit and strength to any space. I simply love the image of the skull composed of two women below her. I know la Friducha would love, too.

Frida Kahlo and women composing skull.

Frida Kahlo and women composing skull.

Candles are essential for early morning writing.

Candles for early morning writing.

Candles for early morning writing.

Fetishes bring their power and magic.

Fetishes and treasures.

Fetishes and treasures.

Socks hand-knit for each child never leave one’s side.

Socks for kids hand-knit by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas.

Socks for kids hand-knit by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas.

Babies sleep on shelves among the books.

Babies sleep among the books.

Babies sleep among the books.

Each piece of art here laden with story, roots, and love. Vintage doll set from the 1930s. Books below, research for the next novel. Treasures all.

Art of the heart and books of research for the next novel.

Art of the heart and books of research for the next novel.

My writing view.

Writing view.

Writing view.

Now, to write. The manuscript for “Love Stones” awaits. The publisher has seen the first draft and I have editing notes. The story wants to be written as memoir and deeper than planned. I light candles and hold the intention that this writing room—and I—am up for the journey. 

Manuscript for Love Stones.

Manuscript for Love Stones.

Sunrise out my writing room window. Here’s to the journey ahead.

Sunday sunrise.

Sunday sunrise.

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Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores language, landscape, wildness, beauty, and imagination.

31 thoughts on “Writing Space of One’s Own

  1. Thank you, Dawn, for sharing pieces of yourself through the lovely and intimate pictures of your home. Page said it perfectly, “Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!” I am looking forward to “Love Stones” and am also wondering about the publication another proposed book, “Raven’s Time: Wildness and Beauty”?

  2. Ya no te dijo bromas como antes voy a ser una nina buena. Donde esta tu oficina? Supe que en sfcc se va abrir para obtener BA y Master. Quiero platicar sobre este asunto. Dime como hacemos? Ondina

  3. Hi, Kimberly–
    Great to hear from you here. I’ll call you from the office today and we’ll connect on all! We’ll figure this out.
    ‘Til soon, Dawn

  4. Hi Dawn,

    This is Kimberly Ulibarri. You’ve been my instructor in former classes and I now understand that you now oversee the licensure program. I would like to schedule a meeting with you. A couple of years ago I was accepted to the program but was not able to continue because of family issues. I am now interest in completing. I’m not sure that the prior person in your place was able to help me figure out the number of classes I would need.

    Please let me know if you are available as I believe I had 5 years to complete and I did pass the NMTA basic skills exam.

    Kimberly Ulibarri 471-1492

  5. This piece brought tears to my eyes when I read it the first time, Dawn. I absolutely love what you’ve written, and agree with the quote. I, too, am enjoying my first own space for the first time, and believe Virginia Woolf has a very valid point. Space is one of the most crucial elements to creativity. I can’t wait to hear about your new project. I am working on a memoir, too, right now. I think we must have an inner sisterhood / kinship that connects us somehow. And, I LOVE the shirt your father bought for you. I think I see one of those as a pillow, at least, in my future. Wonderful! Have a great Thanksgiving with your beautiful family. Love and hugs. xo JK

    • Jennifer, we embark on our own space and memoirs together. I love this. Yes, that inner sisterhood/kinship that connects us. Isn’t that shirt that Dad gave me wonderful?! The embroidery thread and beads await! I would love to hear more about your own memoir. I love the thought of you in your own creative space and us writing away, connected, across the many miles. Thank you so much for taking the time to connect on this and thinking of you and your own beautiful family this Thanksgiving. Much love, Dawn

  6. Your new room is perfect! I’m so happy you have a room of your own. I finally got a room of my own a few years ago, and now it’s shared temporarily with my four-year-old and year-old grandsons. Back to the kitchen table for now. But I smile, as I know they are keeping my space for me and filling it will little boy giggles and warmth. Enjoy your new space.

    • Carmen, ah, little boy giggles and warmth. When I read this I was back with my own boys when they were little and we were cuddled up reading together. Thanks so much for bringing back those memories. These different chapters of life keeps bringing us back to that kitchen table to write.

  7. Your room looks a lot like my writing room. When I was in college a kitchen table worked well though I was forever picking things up. Now I can leave where I stop and get back to it when I am ready again. I love decorating it.

    • Deborah, yes, the whole forever picking things up from the kitchen table. I know it well. We share similar spirits in writing rooms. The decorating —there does seem to be an exponential sense that all things within hold meaning. I love that.

  8. Oh my gosh, not only a room of your own but a fantastic room of your own! Wow!! May you blessed & have a wonderful writing experience…I know I, for one, will enjoy the fruits of your labor. How fun!!! Enjoy!!! Love U Micki

    • Dear Micki, and you know so well that creative space. Oh, the gorgeous art you’ve created in your own space! Yes, a room of my own to write…Can you imagine? This rooms receives beautiful morning and afternoon light through the east and south windows. Perfect. Love you, Dawn

  9. Of course you deserve this space and I am very happy for you, but I’ve got to ask: What does Wyatt feel about the musical chairs that has taken place, leaving him without a room?

    • Liz, Wyatt’s former room, Luke’s current room, has a really nice futon. Since it is the garage, it’s quite large. Room enough for both. Thankfully, Wyatt has handled this with such grace and poise.

  10. What a treat to see your room and treasures! Again you are awesome! The hand knit socks are precious. I met Tove with your mom in Houston one time. I knew she was someone special.
    I love you

    • Cathy, such a blessing to share this room and treasures with you! I love that you met Tove in Houston with Mom. Yes, with each new child, Tove made and sent a new pair of socks. The kids did actually wear them.
      I love you, too, Cathy,

  11. Buenos dias Dawn, Me puedes mandar tu presentacion porfavor. Gracias Ondina

  12. Fun to see your HPBA plaque and also something from me in your room!

  13. Dawn, I adore your new writing space! I can’t wait to read more of the creativity that flows from your new space.

  14. Oh! Your own writing space. A joy. A treasure. The books, the dolls, the art – thank you for this glimpse of you, your space, your work. Love it all. Smiling in SD!

  15. Dawn, I would bet you have had writer’s block a time or two, the room is immaculately cleaned and organized! I should attempt writing so I can de-clutter my place. Said in jest of course but your writing chamber looks great.

  16. Un cuarto que es solo pa’ tú! Que riqueza! The room is so full of inspiration and love; the writing will be too, I know. It’s time!

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