As a mom and a writer, sometimes I have to leave the house to really get solid writing done. At home the laundry, dishes, and all sort of other chores call me away from focusing on my story.
But I can’t just go anywhere. I’ve learned this the hard way. Certain establishments spell productivity, while other produce only distraction.
For me there are many factors. I need the temperature to be warm enough. Some places are plain chilly. I also need the music to be the right type and volume. And there’s the seating arrangement. I can’t write dialogue when the table next to me is having a conversation over my character.
Oh, and one last point. There needs to be yummy coffee or tea.
I use to write at the coffee shop in Borders. The proximity of hundreds of books didn’t hurt that location at all. There was also a great little coffee shop in the town where my older kids attend high school. Both of these places have closed.
Recently a not for profit coffee shop, Imagine Coffee, opened. It’s perfect. And now we have Panera too! I’m looking forward to many productive afternoons at my new writing locations.
So, what makes a good writing (or other type of work) place for you?