Your bed isn’t cutting it.
Come on, you can be honest with me.
Your pyjamas are on, you add a blanket, two blankets, three blankets. Your phone is just to your left, or your right, maybe you have a cat. Maybe you don’t. But it’s comfy and you’re tired. Your eyelids start to close, your phone buzzes, you reply, you add another blanket, sleep.
You try the family space. The kitchen perhaps. You set up camp at the table, grab a snack, put an extra layer on. Your phone buzzes so you put it to silent. You’ve got this.
Your kids come charging into the room. Your partner asks what’s for dinner. You haven’t even turned your computer on. You weep softly into the telephone as you order Chinese.
Where are the best places to write? Scrap that! Where are any places to write? A place where you can reach your word count goal and not be pulling your hair out. A place where your brain isn’t whirring with your hundred other to-dos’.
Take a breath, we’ve got all the information.
Whatever you’re working on, be it a novel, screenplay, or articles for your snazzy new freelance career, finding the right spot, the right environment, is crucial.
So, without further ado, here is where to go to write to boost your productivity.
The quiet murmur of the library, the shelves upon shelves of books, the spaces to sit and read or tables to spread out on, are often places of productivity. This is a place that celebrates writing – heck, without writing, the library wouldn’t exist! You can peruse the works of great writers for inspiration, or simply enjoy being cocooned in their words.
The Coffee Shop
The aesthetic of writing in a coffee shop has surfaced in recent years. It’s now seen as hip place to produce and create. You can tuck yourself away with your favourite drink, observe the coffee-shop goers, connect to the free wi-fi, listen to the jazzy soundtrack they’re always playing in the background.
Often, being surrounded by people who don’t want anything from you (like your family and friends) helps you to zone into your work, whilst offering welcome breaks every so often. Listening to conversations has always been a sure-fire way of stirring up creativity.
Unless it’s the depths of Winter. Don’t go getting frostbite, just to boost productivity (it’d be safer to stay in bed!) A lot of people find nature a soothing place to sit and reflect, but it can also help to get you going.
Breathing in the fresh air, feeling the breeze on your skin, looking out over grass or a stream are wonderful ways to de-stress and rejuvenate any dormant productivity.
One of the best places to write, I’ve found, is looking out over a body of water – the beach has proven to be a fantastic space to get my hustle on! When you look up from our notepad or screen, you are calmed. Unless some kids flick sand over your latest manuscript!
There’s no getting off once the train has left the station – unless you’re willing to forfeit your destination and jump off at the next stop. You’d really be dodging productivity if you did that! When you’re really stuck for where to go to write – book a train journey.
The sound of the tracks acts like white-noise. Grab an overpriced coffee from the trolley service, commit to work until you reach your destination, but with breaks of course, to perhaps admire the view. Writer Anne Korkeakivi once described travelling by rails as ‘suspended impregnable time,’ which is perfect for writers who feel pressured by the confines of daily life. And the clock.
There’s nothing else to be done on the train. You’re in a sort of limbo, waiting to arrive somewhere that you weren’t before. This hour or two is good for nothing else.
The Writing Nook at Home
You don’t have to venture out to find the best place to write. You can create a productive space in the confines of your own abode. The trick is to find a spot specifically for writing. A home office, or corner desk, often works well. As does a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door.
Design the space to enhance your productivity by eliminating distractions, such as technology, or paperwork, or hobby items. Some people find a minimalistic space works best – a clean desk, a lamp, notes for your project and a laptop. Others may add homely, calming touches like candles, plants or motivational quotes.
You’re comfy in this space, but not too comfy. You know this space is for writing only, which trains your brain to associate it with your fingers pounding away at the keys.
Finding the right place to write is akin to finding your 'happy place.' Unless you can nail your environment, you won't nail your words.
Hopefully this article has given you some idea as to where you need to go to get the best out of your writing. So what are you waiting for? Go forth and write!