Each person’s writing process is different, which is why you still might fail to write a book even if you’re following all the advice you’ve found on people’s blogs. So much of writing life, and freelance life, and life in general, is finding what works for you. And that might be very different from what works for someone else.
A lot of freelancers like coworking spaces because it helps them not to get lonely, for example. Personally, I don’t get lonely. I can’t remember ever having the feeling. So I don’t do coworking, because about 80% of why I’m a freelancer is so that I don’t have to talk to Other Humans all day.
Recently, however, I have discovered that a change of scenery from time to time can be helpful. So I haven’t started coworking, but I have started working from the garden centre café.
If you’ve been following me on social media for any length of time, you will know that I love West Six Garden Centre & Café. It’s a beautiful little place tucked away next to one of the entrances to Ravenscourt Park in West London, and I go there once or twice a week.
I used to work there when I wanted to do something that involved being offline: making notes for a research paper, for example.
Recently, however, I have discovered that it can be a good place to do all sorts of work, online or offline.
Having a change of scenery does me good. It means I can’t get distracted, decide to do the washing up, walk into the kitchen, wonder what I’m doing there, start preparing food for the week, and suddenly it’s four hours later. I could get distracted by stuff on the internet, I suppose, but that’s not really my style, and when you’re on a café’s wifi connection it’s often not fast enough for multiple tabs anyway. Some would think that’s a bad thing. For me it isn’t.
The garden centre café has become my writing place because it’s relatively distraction-free, which means I can take one task there and work on it and it alone. It’s where I’ve been proofreading two books, and writing research-based stuff, and occasionally working on my day job. It’s also probably where I’ll end up writing the bulk of the research paper I need to submit by the end of October, and the digital forensics book which may or may not be finished one day.
Plus, there’s cake. Can’t argue with cake.
Where do you write? What helps you to concentrate?