I haven't taken a scientific poll, but I'll bet these are the top three reasons why you might have said "Ha!" to the idea of writing at the kitchen table:
- There is no kitchen table.
- There is so much stuff on the kitchen table it wouldn't be worth the effort to move it all.
- If you went into the kitchen, you would have to clean it up.
I fall into Category 1, but if I didn't, I would undoubtedly fall into Category 2. And Category 3 goes without saying.
So why am I even writing this post? Several reasons . . .
For one thing, I think we may all secretly love the idea of writing something magical in an unlikely place. Like J.K. Rowling in the tea shop. And for another, there's something archetypal about the kitchen table. It's a metaphor for "the place where things happen." Eating, making conversation, laying out a pattern, slicing the birthday cake--doing things that require space or need a center. Besides which, the kitchen table (if there is one) may be the only available space (if you can get to it) where you can work in the middle of the night, or spread out piles of notes.
So here's the beginning of a series on how to make the most of available space! Code name: WKT