Where do you write?


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?

Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


  • Jessie @ Blog Schmog

    Ah but isn’t that table talk good fodder? “Like really, he was so like, out of it…” 😉

    My friends got a good laugh when I told them I write at Cabela’s. 🙂

    I’m distracted at home as we speak. I think the best “ingredient” for a writing place is NO internet.

  • Jodie

    Amen to Jessie’s comment about no internet. 🙂 Except I get antsy without it. I write at my desk at home or at Panera. I, too, was a Borders cafe’ girl, but now… sigh.

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