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Photo Credit: Glenn RussellPhoto Credit: Glenn Russell Alison Bechdel in her home studio.

Posed or not, most of the faces of these 50 celebrated authors reflect an intensity of thought as they immerse themselves in their work. You also get a sense of the environment in which they create. Their passion and dedication are the bonds that unite us all, great and not-so-great, past and future.

WRITERS WRITING ----- Posed or not, most of the faces of these 50 celebrated authors reflect an intensity of thought as they immerse themselves in their work. You also get a sense of the environment in which they create.

Alain de Botton: my study is so ugly, it leaves me no option but to try to forget about it by escaping into my work. There's no more incentive to sit around admiring the externals of the writing life. My eyes are firmly on the computer screen. Beauty may be conducive to happiness, but it seems that a calculated dose of ugliness can do wonders for productivity.

Writers' Rooms: Alain de Botton

Michael Connelly - Where Writers Write

Michael Connelly - I can almost imagine Harry Bosch jumping out of those pages

Inspirations abound from these famous workspaces, from Sofia Coppola's creative chaos to Anna Wintour's provincial perfection.

Work B*tch: A Peek at Famous Offices

A mother's prayer for her child, by Tina Fey When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer. Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto bo.

Marguerite Duras - French novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, essayist, and experimental filmmaker.

Cine Líbero Luxardo e Olympia homenageiam Marguerite Duras

WRITERS_0060_fl.jpg Marin writer Anne Lamott and the room in her home where she does her work. The idea behind the story is that we're making a bit of a generalization about the idea that famous writers work in very small spaces, which they tend to personalize with photos and art, furniture, etc. that say something distinctive about themselves.  10/28/05 Fairfax CA Frederic Larson The San Francisco Chronicle Photo: Frederic Larson

A room with a muse / These celebrated Bay Area writers feel expansive in their compact, self-decorated work sp

A room with a muse / These celebrated Bay Area writers feel expansive in their compact, self-decorated work spaces

Michael Pollan's writing shed.  Pretty cool space.  I like the roof and how much space it seems to create.  The simple desk space and bookshelves add to the rustic feel of the office.  I like it.

Famous Writers' Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts

Kurt Vonnegut's Writing Room  Kurt Vonnegut used an old-fashioned typewriter and sat on a yellow chair.  We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. ~Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut's Writing Room Kurt Vonnegut used an old-fashioned typewriter and sat on a yellow chair.

Gillian Slovo's room, from The Guardian's Writers' rooms series http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/nov/15/writersrooms#

Writers' rooms: Gillian Slovo

I have corralled myself into this writing space. To stop me from fleeing?

Notepad/Sketchpad

Making time for downtime can be as simple of writing in a journal outdoors with a steaming cup of tea.

Writers' rooms: Antonia Fraser. I've lived in this house since 1959 and this was my six children's nursery. The instant my youngest son moved out, I had the builders in, installing numerous bookcases...My typewriter is electric and so ancient that other typewriters have to be cannibalised when it needs mending. I also use scissors and Sellotape to make corrections and insertions: it's a tactile thing.

Writers' rooms: Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser: my typewriter is electric and so ancient that other typewriters have to be cannibalised when it needs mending. (The computer leads a separate existence downstairs.) I also use scissors and Sellotape to make corrections and insertions: it's

Office Room Decoration Ideas for Writers

Elements of this I should like, but I don't: books above desk, too small desk, white looks stark

Ian McEwan English novelist and screenwriter.

Covertly Googling your conversational partner is an increasingly common phenomenon, says Nigel Farndale - and not just among celebrities.

Where Writers Write - Jodi Picoult - Writers Write Creative Blog

Where Writers Write - Jodi Picoult

Where Writers Write - Jodi Picoult Jodi starts her working day at She says, ‘I go up to my office. I get about 200 emails.

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