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  • Places that Fit for Your Passion in Writing

    Posted on January 23, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    Being a writer is a noble one. It’s all about trying to filter the complexities of human emotion and experiences and putting them into words that can evoke recognition and unlock a passionate reaction from the reader. At least that’s what you tell people when they ask. In truth, the life of a writer is a lonely one. You spend a lot of time staring at a blank page or screen hoping to find the right words to fill in.

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    If you are in any number of well-known coffee shops you may notice tables full of “writers” plying their craft out in the open. Chances are these people are more interested in being perceived as a writer than actually doing any writing. The life of a writer is usually quite solitary.

    Distractions are the constant threat to a writer. There are the typical distractions of external noise and constant interruptions by phone, email and messaging from well-meaning but bothersome people. Then there are the ones the writer creates in his or her mind to delay the actual writing. It doesn’t matter if the writer has a Hollywood mansion or is in Mississippi in one of the Biloxi apartments, you will usually find the writer’s space clean and tidy since writers are so desperate to avoid work that they will do an amazing amount of cleaning and straightening up while trying to avoid the horrible gaze of the blank page facing them.

    Here are three suggestions for the best places to write:

    1. A hotel room. Famous authors such as Agatha Christie and Rudyard Kipling wrote classic novels in hotel room. The hotel room excels for being a pristine work room free from distractions and noise.
    2. A café or coffee shop. Before she was well-known, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling wrote her books in cafes. These places often have the perfect combination of isolation and social interaction. The food and drinks are easy to come by to stay refreshed. And if you need to take a break and recharge your brain, you can easily get up and take a walk around the neighborhood to another café for a change of scenery.
    3. Your own office / writing space. As nice as a hotel room is, it is quite sterile. Writing is a lonely enough experience without having to isolate yourself from everything. At home you are comfortable and surrounded by your favorite things. You have quick access to the Internet for research and the bathroom is much cleaner.

    Whichever one you choose, the goal is to find a comfortable place to set your mind free and release your stories onto the page.

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