Bar or cafe: Where do you prefer to write?

A VISUAL TOUR OF 35 LITERARY BARS AND CAFÉS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

DRINK WHERE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS ONCE DRANK

Who drank what where? Check LitHub’s tour of literary hideaways frequented by great authors. This list reminds us of how important ‘space’ can be to writers. Many authors advise picking one place. This encourages ‘getting into the flow’ – you know you are there to write and only to write. You also have the stuff you need around you (staplers, printers, window to look out of) and not what you don’t need (noise and the rest of the world).

Other authors can go anywhere and write. They like mixing it up and often don’t mind noise, in fact, commotion helps stir the creative juices.

Some authors pick based on mood and project. If an author is writing about a river, they might choose to write on the peaceful banks of one for inspiration.

Some author considerations are purely practical: you like a beer or a cup of coffee when you write. You want the possibility of running into friends. Or you don’t. You love the moment the door locks behind you in your home office. Or your ability to hang a million PostIt notes on the wall where you can always see them. Etc.

All of these preferences are right – if they work for you. Location is about empirically determining where you get the best work done on the tightest schedule so you can carry on to the next project — or have extra time to pop down to the cafe/bar. Multitasking if you are already there working.

Where do you work best? Which of these literary locations would you want to visit most? Have you visited any? More to suggest?

 

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