Where to write…at home? the office? your local coffee shop? For some, the answer is obvious while others need to outweigh the pros and cons of each. It might seem unimportant, but where you do your writing makes a lot of difference – it can motivate you to write that new chapter, or send you into the perils of Writer’s Block. So you need to decide which place is the best for you so you can write effectively without any distractions.
I personally don’t write in one place alone; I actually write more in my local coffee shop than I do at home. Why? Because I’m more motivated to write and there’s no temptation to go online or do something else unrelated. Being around other people late at night in a coffee shop helps me write more and I often get through most of a chapter in one hour of writing. Though at times I do write at home, but I simply prefer writing elsewhere.
Are you struggling to find the best place to write? I’ll offer you some of the advantages and disadvantages to writing at home and a coffee shop. Hopefully it will help, but in the end you must decide what works best for YOU.
- no time limit; can write as much as you need without worrying about closing time
- quiet, and private (assuming you live alone)
- can take a washroom/snack break without worrying about leaving your computer unguarded
- can write in your PJs without embarrassment
- distractions (partner, roommate and kids constantly bugging you for something)
- temptation to go on to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
- lack of fresh air (if you write all day)
- encourages house arrest
In a Coffee Shop
- time limit – it closes eventually, which makes you write faster.
- gets you away from the distractions of family
- can buy a snack or a drink if you need it
- can get more writing done, especially if you leave the battery charger at home because you’re on a time limit
- no temptation to go online (best to turn off your WiFi so you won’t be tempted)
- expensive – coffee ain’t free!
- distractions from other patrons
- can’t leave your stuff unguarded (unless you really trust the person sitting next to you)
- time limit – you can’t stay forever
- getting there – traffic and weather can make this tough sometimes
- space – at times all the seats are taken (this happens to me a lot)
Well there you have it. So choose wisely and happy writing. And one other thing: I’d like to offer some tips to those that like the idea of writing in a coffee shop
- try to go in the evening – fewer people there at that time
- leave your plug at home so you know you only have so much time to write
- go during the week. Weekends are usually more busy.
- if it gets too loud, stop writing and pack it up. You can always go back another time.