Pro's and Con's of Writing in Public


Hello.

I've been writing various projects over the last year and one of the main lessons I've learnt is that I really struggle write at home.

Mostly I switch between the local cafe chains, but mainly sticking with my local Caffè Neros (they have ah-mazing air con in the summer).

Coffee shops do have drawbacks though, you have no control of your surroundings. The local library has a similar effect, but requests a level of quiet reverence. But, less coffee and snack access.

Coffee, Writing in Notebook, Carrot Cake muffin Flatlay.

I've even looked into group office places, like NearDesk, there aren't many in Hertfordshire and I couldn't afford the services available.

Some blogs recommend bars and pubs, neither of which are really my scene... I've even tried hotel foyers before, which was a bit of a mixed bag. (Very echo-y)

Cafes

Pro's

  • Free Wifi

  • Access to Food and Drink

  • Can be great for inspiration

Con's

  • No control of your surroundings (screaming babies, barking dogs, people sitting too close, loud conversations and intermittent wifi)

  • Not affordable for everyone (I usually budget £10-£20 per full day)

Library

Pro's

  • Free WIFI in some areas

  • Quiet atmosphere

  • Access to resources (books and printers, etc)

  • Generally cheap or free

Con's

  • Some areas try to charge through the nose for WIFI access

  • Can be a little stifling

Office Space

Pro's

  • Free WIFI in some areas

  • Quiet atmosphere

  • Can design/plan the space to your needs

Con's

  • Very expensive

  • Can be a little stifling

Community Centre

Pro's

  • Free or cheap access

  • May offer good inspiration from people watching

  • May have access to drink/food

Con's

  • May not have wifi or it may cost

  • Can be a loud depending on who is there.

As I try out different areas, I've found these pros and cons can vary with each excursion. My current haunt is a local coffee shop in a supermarket, as it is less busy. Also Coffee. I've even started to budget for food and drink with a day's writing.

I've even tried to write at home, but found it quite difficult to focus.

Speak soon.

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