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Freelance Writers: Where is Your Favorite Writing Spot?
Written by Freelance Writer and Author, William Ballard
I always find it interesting to learn where writers actually do their writing. There are the usual suspects—coffee shops, group writing spaces, home offices, local parks—most of which I’ve used at one point or another. But there are also the not-so-traditional spots.
For me, these are the gold mine. I find that writing in unorthodox venues helps stirs up more inspiration than if I were sitting at my desk. So I’ve devised this handy, four-question quiz to help you secure a bizarre writing spot of your very own!
But beware: strange looks may result.
1. What is your caffeinated drink of choice?
For me, I’m comfortable with a hot cup of regular black coffee—no sugar, and no powdery kind of substance, and not the healthy tea kind of stuff. I find that, first thing in the morning, the best place for me to write is anywhere that serves my hot cup of black coffee. It motivates me to get out of the house, and the rush of caffeine jump-starts my brain.
So if mornings are your writing time, I recommend developing a desperate craving for your favorite beverage and then hunting it down, no matter where it takes you. It might be a coffee shop; it might be a bagel shop; it might even be 30th Street Train Station in Philadelphia. Don’t be afraid to go back for seconds, either. On some mornings, one cup of black coffee is just not enough.
2. How about a nice, hot shower?
It’s true: I’ve been known to write in the shower. And not just in condensation on the door, either. There are actual products meant for this! Try using: http://www.myaquanotes.com/.
Apparently, it’s a known fact (or at least a hypothesized fact) that steam and hot water help jog your brain. There is a slight health risk attached to this, however. If you get really caught up in what you’re writing, you might eventually step out of the shower to discover you’ve turned into a prune. But sometimes a little sacrifice is worth it. As the AquaNotes brand says: No more great ideas down the drain!
3. What would a nice long walk do for your writing?
I love to walk. I grew up in Grand Prairie Texas and did a lot walking there, but now, I reside in Ontario Canada, where everyone walks everywhere.
But it wasn’t until recently that I discovered I could do two of my favorite things at the same time: walk and write. That’s right: I write on the notepad app on my phone while strolling around my neighborhood. There are definitely downsides. You might step in a pile of something unappealing. (Done it.) You could nearly be tangled up in a dog walker’s swarm of leashes. (Done it.) And you will definitely get annoyed looks from people who think you’re a frantic text messenger. (ALL THE TIME.) But who cares? I get so much more done when I’m writing and walking—and I get to go on great, long walks.
(Note: I would not recommend this if your favorite activity is bike riding. Or horseback riding. Or motorcycle riding. Any kind of riding, in fact.)
4. Ever Tried Writing During a Commute?
I get some of my best writing done on public transportation. Subway, train, bus, plane, you name it. I find it’s the perfect time to write. You’re stuck there, for one, with nothing to do and a desperate need to distract yourself from the strange smell lifting off that discarded sandwich on the floor… I’m constantly getting sections of chapters written on the subway or the train. It makes me wonder how I ever survived without the notepad app on my phone.
Hopefully, this quiz has given you an idea for your perfect, bizarre writing spot—one that will earn you plenty of strange looks of your own. Don’t worry: soon enough, you won’t even notice them.
Now Over to You...
What unorthodox location do you write at when working in your office or at your normal writing desk just isn't cutting it?
Please share your ideas and locations in the comments below. I am really looking forward to reading what you guys come up with.
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About the Author
William Ballard is the proud author of, "The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.