Some writers need a quiet, distraction-free space to do their best work. Others thrive in busy and bustling environments with plenty of stimulation for new ideas. Whatever you prefer, where you write has a significant impact on what you write.
The sad truth about many modern writers is that they’re not off in far flung places indulging their artistic curiosities and exposing themselves to new environments. Instead, they’re stuck at home in the same office that they always write in, staring at a computer screen and tapping on a keyboard where half of the keys have rubbed off. If not that, then they’re at the coffee shop, glugging down ice latte after ice latte, getting brain freeze and getting fat.
When this happens, writing becomes a chore.
So the question is, where besides the coffee shop can you go to get great writing ideas?
It might sound a little cliched to suggest writing at the beach, but there’s no doubt it works. This year, Beach Writing Academy are holding a two-day conference at the beginning of April in Brighton where writers can mingle with the best and the brightest in the world of writing, right by the seaside. Attendees will get the chance to ask questions, pitch their book ideas and go to hands-on workshops. This year, speakers will include Rich and Judy, TV scriptwriter Sue Teddern and author Rowan Coleman. Afterward, writers can literally go down to the beach and soak distil all the inspiration from the conference into crisp, engaging prose.
If you’re the sort of person who loves working in peace and quiet, then you’ll love working in the library. But, when it comes to libraries, you have to be careful. Some library designs are highly conducive to creative thought and learning: others, not so much.
Take Cambridge University Library, for instance. The library itself is a centre of learning, famous for its incredible complement of books and quiet working spaces. The design of the building as well as the open reading spaces inside, make it the perfect place to lose yourself in your own creative thoughts.
Parks change a lot throughout the seasons, but there’s one thing that you can be certain of: there will always be noise. Most public parks have are so big that it’s relatively easy to find somewhere away from the hustle and bustle and dogs chasing after sticks for you to get on with your next novel. Often it’s nice just to surround yourself with the smells of flowers and nature and get out of your sterile office environment. You never know what insights doing so might free up.
In The Shower
Taking pen and paper into the shower with you probably isn’t a good idea. But now, thanks to the invention of the waterproof phone, the technology exists to allow writers to write in the shower – an incredible achievement when you think about it. And just in time too: many writers have their best ideas while they’re merrily shampooing.
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