We freelance writers can write in a variety of locations. However, we must pay attention to which locations give us the greatest productivity.
I find that I’m happiest, and I get the most done on my freelance writing projects, when I vary my location.
My Freelance Writing Locations
I often spend the mornings in my home office, but eventually I need a different writing locale.
In nice weather I go on the back deck with my laptop and plug into an outside wall socket. I still have Internet access through my wireless router, but I find I really stick to my project with minimal distractions.
I can also work very well in a coffee shop, provided the music is pleasant and it’s not too crowded. Beware, though, going to a local coffee shop when you live in a small-town area like I do. You’ll see a lot of people you know, and many will want to shoot the breeze, even though you’re obviously busy.
Another option I like: libraries. I go to both the local town library here in Ashland, Oregon, and I spend time at the library at Southern Oregon University. Almost all libraries have free wireless access and you can usually find a big table to spread out work materials.
And sometimes I’ll go to a park and set up the laptop on a picnic table. This works really well for projects that don’t require Internet research.
Finally, in the warmer months I take a freelance writer’s retreat out in the woods: just me in a remote campsite with my computer and my work. As with the park, there’s no distracting Internet, and very few other distractions either.
What are the ideal locations for you to write? What makes them ideal for you?