In the past few months, I’ve come to the growing realization that the only way to further my WIP is to hit a café. Despite a quiet, cosy study, I can’t produce any fiction at home.
I’m annoyed with the amount of money I spend on tea and eating out these days (despite hitting all the cheaper joints)– but there seems to be no way out. I’ve tried writing at home–making my own tea, and leaving the TV switched on in the other room to mimic my escapades out of doors, but nothing gives. 150 words, at the most, all of which I end up deleting later. Take my butt to a café and out come 800 words in 2 hours, nessun problema!
Is it because once I’m in a chair at a cafe, I can’t walk about like I do at home and can’t get sidetracked by dirty dishes and waiting laundry? Is it because I’ve already spent some money and must have something to show for it? Is it because all the noise and hubbub at a cafe helps me focus inwards? Perhaps all the above.
Fact is my writer brain wants to write, and the only way my monkey brain will let it is when it is distracted with shiny, noisy stuff, colorful people, a cup of tea. Considering my WIP might never see print, leave alone make me money– writing seems to be coming with a real price tag. I console myself with facts about other writers…some of the best writers are known to have quirky writing habits, and here’s what Rowling says about the best place to write:
It’s no secret that the best place to write, in my opinion, is in a café. You don’t have to make your own coffee, you don’t have to feel like you’re in solitary confinement and if you have writer’s block, you can get up and walk to the next café while giving your batteries time to recharge and brain time to think. The best writing café is crowded enough to where you blend in, but not too crowded that you have to share a table with someone else.
So, the writers amongst you, how many of you write at a cafe, and why? If you do not, why not?