Today I went and ~possibly~ accidentally put myself down to sing with a jazz hall of fame musician in the next two weeks. Before that, I wrote over 2,000 words in my NaNo project!
The daily word count goal for NaNo writers is 1,667 in order to write a total of 50,000 words by the end of November and I have a feeling that cute, hipster-ish little coffee shops are going to save me. They provide a steady supply of caffeine and background noise where I am surrounded by students and other creative minds–aka MY PEOPLE.
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this setting. As a student, I loved going to the library and studying. I loved feeling like a student! Often, this meant I derived great satisfaction from remaining hunched over a couple different textbooks, a whirring laptop, and at least three differently-colored highlighters well past pizza delivery time at the library (where they would bring it right to you).
For some reason, I don’t enjoy being a cubicle worker nearly as much but I love, love, LOVE feeling like a writer in a little shop with my tea or coffee, a pastry, and a blank page in front of me. The cafe I visited today has jazz musicians playing from 12 – 2pm (hence the possible accidental musical debut) and it’s surprisingly conducive to writing. I wrote a torture scene today to blues and jazz and it worked really well!
I’m not sure what that means and I don’t want to give a lot of thought to it.
To be fair, sometimes I need quiet—or, rather, I need to be alone were I can listen to my headphones loudly and obnoxiously to immerse myself in a scene. I am rarely productive when writing prose at home, but luckily my dad lets me use his office space on weekends when he isn’t using it. It’s a nice building, quiet, and I can spread out my various notes, get comfortable, and know that I won’t be bothered for several hours at least.
Writing space can be just about anything. Coffee shops and borrowed offices are my two primary spaces, but I won’t pass up a nice day at the park, bringing a notebook on a hike and waiting for inspiration at the top of a mountain, or even penning a few choice lines of dialogue at the dog park in between tennis ball throws for Zoe.
I have different writing spaces that serve different purposes and I utilize them based on what I need. Outlining? All that’s done at home. General prose writing? Coffee shop. Specific scene that you know will require focus and music? Office. Nonspecific writing? Anywhere I can.
What kind of writing spaces do you utilize and for what? Leave a comment below!
And, for all you NaNo writers out there: May the words be with you!