Writers’ Stunning Photos of the Places That Inspire Them and Make Them Think

Inspiration isn’t easy to tap into in our plugged-in, oversaturated world. Writers and other creative people often crave solitude, peace, or a place to recharge so they can commit to their work — whether that place is a window on a stunning natural environment, a quiet desk in the middle of urban bustle, a beautiful temple to art, or a cozy chair or kitchen table. We asked 13 fiction writers with books either coming soon or just published to send us a photo of their favorite places to work, get inspired, or welcome the muse — whether they’re crafting YA page-turners or drafting slow short stories.


I like working from corners. Sometimes I sit in this beat-up armchair, covered in a slipcover, and work with my back to the bookshelf. It feels like the literary greats are breathing down my neck — I find it oddly comforting.  — Patricia Park, author of RE JANE