I can’t write just anywhere. It should be easy, shouldn’t it? A notebook, a pen, and that’s all you need. It’s not an expensive, or complicated hobby this writing thing. Yet, some times; some spots, the muse can find me and others, we just can’t sync up.
For instance, I find that in any sort of vehicle – trains, planes, automobiles – I cannot get inspired. Sure, I’ll throw a couple of words down, but I usually find that my work aboard any kind of transportation is equitable to my earliest writing – when I was 9.
However, I’ve found a few Niche spots for me:
1. Any coffeehouse. For two years, I was writing at Starbucks, almost exclusively. I was working there at the time so it started with just going for my employee discount and the free WiFi, but I found that I was able to write so easily, even with the occasional interruption from customers and coworkers asking why I was there on my day off. But for the most part, I was able to get a lot done. I edited my entire MS there, and wrote about 60 pages of one of my WsIP, plus all the planning, formulating, and note-taking I did.
2. My favorite pub. Okay, this is an old Niche spot – they do change – but it was useful in it’s day. In a corner of the bar, I wrote nearly all of my MS’s first draft. I remember sitting in there for brunch on a Sunday morning, friends all around, eating Irish Breakfast, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and typing away. Sure, I would pay attention to the conversation here and there, especially if I was struggling with any part of the story. But the good days – when it seems like the words are on the paper before you’ve even thought them – were fun and productive.
3. My “office”. For the first time, I have an actual home office. I’m so excited. I’ve never had a space to work in my home before, at least not since I was a child living with my parents. Even then, I didn’t use it as much for writing as for avoiding homework, while looking busy. It’s fairly new, but since January my office has been working well for me. The proof is in the Archives. Here’s to a long and successful future in my Niche spot.
Readers, please feel free to share your own Niche stories! I’d love to hear them.