I have done a lot of writing in a lot of places. Starbucks. College libraries. At work (off the clock, of course). At home. Each location has its positives and negatives. The best location allows you to dive into your story, free from distraction, focused on the end goal of completing a set number or pages, or a chapter, or other writing task.
My favorite place to write is at the college library. It’s quiet. It’s free from distraction. And you can usually find a quiet corner with an empty desk where you can concentrate without phone calls or texts or anyone finding you.
My second favorite place to write is at home. But this can be tricky since home is filled with dozens of distractions. Movies. Music. TV shows to binge-watch. Books that aren’t the one your need to write that you can just read instead. Internet. And, of course, why write when you can clean?
But all those things aren’t going anywhere. They’ll be waiting for you when you finish writing. And unfortunately, so will those dishes. Just think about how your novel, screenplay, or song will one day be the thing that will distract other creative people just like your distracted by others’ works now. And the cycle of creative procrastination continues.
Ultimately, once you get a hold on your story, nothing can distract you from getting into the heart of what you’re writing. It can sometimes take some time to create or find the perfect writing space for you. But when you do, you’ll know it.
Where do you like to write? Do you prefer silence or noise? Leave a comment and let me know!