10 Creative Places to Write as an Author
Finding a Place to Write
Finding time to write can be extremely challenging when you have a busy schedule as well as a loud home. When you finally do have the time to sit down and get a few sentences on the page you realize writing at your desk feels alittle de'jauv. The spark you held earlier has vanished and now you feel uninspired.
This has happened to me multiple times. But, one day, I decided to change one simple variable. The place in which I was writing. If you are feeling the need to change your writing habits check out these 10 places to write your next story.
1. The Car
One day, as I was waiting for a friend to show up for dinner, I thought to myself 'Hey, I have a few minutes to write.' And so, I did. Having the breeze come through the open windows while the sun was shining and cars buzzing by was the perfect combination to knock out a few pages. I've done it a couple times now and it's one of my favorite spots to write. No one will disturb you either.
2. The Forest, Beach, Mountain Top or Field
Depending on where you are located, somewhere in the great outdoors is always the perfect place to write. Bring a pen and paper as you most likely won't have the internet if you need it. I love to sit by a creek or river with birds singing from the treetops. But waves at the beach, or a breeze on the mountain top can do just the same!
3. The Garage
After being interrupted while writing at the dining room table, I decided to give another room in the house a shot. Sneaking off, I found the garage to be the perfect spot to write. Work benches are a great place to work on your laptop. Most likely no one will find you there either letting your writing flow.
It seems everyone has to travel these days for work. Instead of wasting precious hours on the plane, take out a journal or notebook to write in. You would be surprised at how much you can get done on a six hour flight. Just remember, the person sitting next to you might be looking over your shoulder.
5. At Work
At work? Yes, you read that correctly. I don't know about you, but I always want to write while I'm at work as the ideas and creativity are flowing. Step away early for break or lunch to jot down a few of those ideas if you feel the need.
I once stayed two hours after work because I already had my desk set up and everyone was gone for the night. I wrote about 20 pages which is my best writing session to date.
I live in a small quaint town so this place my not apply to everyone. But if you haven't already go downtown or a place where shopping takes place to find a bench or small table. The noise of the traffic and people hustling by will have you writing in no time. You might even spot your next main character amongst the crowd.
7. College Library
Everyone always thinks of going to the public library to write or read, but they tend to be loud with no place to sit. Instead, go to your college library. They typically have a quiet section where you can hunker down. No one will think to look your way either because most likely you're a student like the rest of them, no matter your age.
This one might sound over the top, but hear me out. I've been going to the gym a lot lately and let me tell you. The amount of time I spend on the treadmill or bike in which my hands are free give me plenty of time to write a paragraph or two. I will pull out my phone and begin writing in my notes app. You can also do voice activated if you don't feel safe having your hands full. Just remember the people around you can hear what you say.
9. Cat Cafe
A cafe or coffee shop is the most obvious when it comes to places you can go to write, but what about a cat cafe? Instead of a coffee, cuddle up with some cats in need of rescuing. Our local cat cafe gives cats temporary homes until they find their forever home. There is a cover charge but you can stay for as long as you like, and all proceeds go to taking care of the cats.
When I think of a brewery or bar, I think of late-night partying. But have you been to one during the day? It's surprising to find how much the environment changes and how welcoming a place can be with a little light and less drunk people. So, grab a beer, a notebook and pen, and find yourself a snug corner to begin writing. Don't forget to grab a savory appetizer!
What did you think of the 10 places to write besides your house or desk? How many have you done and what other places would you add to the list?
I've done all of these and I have to say the car, library and gym are my top favorites. If you liked this post, don't forget to subscribe for updates on the latest blog posts.