While I'm sitting in my favorite cafe in my lovely neighborhood of Astoria, I'm thinking about the importance of place in the writing process. As much of a writing & literature enthusiast as I am, I am also a cafe enthusiast. Being able to find a place where I feel comfortable enough to stay for hours on end without feeling judged or ridiculed by the owners is important to me. Plus, I'm becoming enough of a regular here that I get the "Hey!" greeting when I come in. Sense of family in unexpected places isn't so much important to me as it is just fun, but I enjoy it all the same.
For whatever reason, when I am in my apartment I cannot concentrate. It's not the actual apartment either. It's been this way in every place I've lived. There's Internet and TV and free food in my apartment! How can writing compete with all that? (Note: I can't read in my apartment either, at least not what I'm "supposed to be" reading.) That's why seeking a comfortable place outside the home matters so much to me in my professional life.
Where do you all go to do your best work? Do you have a separate office in your apartment (that I am jealous of)? Is Starbucks your best friend? Or do you sit under a tree in a park to wait for inspiration?
Further, just how important is location to you as writers anyway?
Have a good weekend, everyone! And as you think about your favorite writing spot, I leave with you this AMAZING BLOG that I can't believe I've only just discovered: The Daily Corgi (and no, I do not have a corgi, but as many of you have figured out from reading this blog, I desperately want one!)