Literary sites offer glimpses into the writer’s creative process. Even something as simple as a desk or an original manuscript can tell you something fascinating about how the writer composed.
At William Faulkner’s house in Oxford, Miss., you can literally see how he kept his complicated plots straight: He wrote them on the walls. In his office, he drew a diagram for A Fable, a book he worked on for 12 years. The diagram was so important to Faulkner that when his wife painted over it, he not only rewrote it but shellacked it, too—which is why we can still view it today. It’s a great reminder to get outside the tidy world of the laptop and use space creatively, even messily, to figure out a way through the work.