I have a home office. It’s really quite nice and works well for my needs, at least most of the time. But not always. Sometimes there are people in the house, and I have trouble writing when people are around (yes, even family, even when they’re in other rooms; I’m sensitive to my environment that way). Sometimes I just need a change of scene, a fresh perspective. On those occasions, I go somewhere else.
I’ve tried cafés, which are known to be J.K. Rowling’s preferred writing spots. Indeed, isn’t that the old joke, the cliché? Writers with laptops in Starbucks? I’ll admit I do enjoy a nice chai, but I still have trouble writing in most cafés because they tend to be very busy around here. The constant in and out of people is not conducive to my work.
The library, too, I’ve discovered has drawbacks. Again, people wandering by, and not always quiet despite the fact it’s a library. There is a café in our library that is sometimes empty and quiet enough, though.
But sometimes I really just need to get away to write. I like to go to London, but that’s not always something I have the time and money for. I’ve been known to take long weekends in hotels with nice views. Places I can go out and walk for a bit between writing. Because although I need to be alone, and I need the quiet, I also don’t like being so far away from everything and everyone. I need to places to wander . . . and also eat.
Where else have I gone to write? New York, naturally, which was okay. The Mount Washington Resort up in New Hampshire was pretty great for my muse, too. Alas, I found Half Moon Bay lacking; even though it was nice there, I just didn’t feel it. Whatever “it” is.
So. A place I can stay on my own but where I’m not wholly isolated. Someplace picturesque. Walkable. And close to food sources. Which is why London works so fabulously well for me (also because I write a lot of British characters and enjoy soaking up that vibe). But I was thinking I might try someplace like Savannah or Key West next. I’ve been to both on vacations and like them each immensely, can picture writing in either place.
Anyone else have favorite places to write? Suggestions? Are you as picky as I am, or is it just me? I’d love to hear.