Nothing improves my writing quite like a change in scenery. A change in scenery helps my mind feel refreshed and gives me new creative inspiration.
Writing in a new location can create very interesting experiences, so here are a few novel locations to write in.
A Pillow and Blanket Fort
Why not relive parts of your childhood by hanging out in a pillow and blanket fort? You can easily make one by gathering some chairs and sheets and then draping the sheets over the chairs.
You can then decorate the inside of the fort with pillows and blankets.
Or you could push two couches together and place a sheet or blanket over the top.
Alternatively, you could tie a piece of rope or strong string to two doorknobs or chair backs and place a sheet or pillow over the string to create a tent.
The possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild!
Plus the soft pillows and blankets will create a super comfy place for you to write in. You can just grab a flashlight or lantern, your favorite notebook, or a laptop, and you’re good to go!
This is also great if you want to invite some writer friends over for some friendly writing competitions.
The Great Outdoors
When the weather permits, writing outside can be a fun activity and a good way to get some sunlight and fresh air.
It’s a remarkable feeling to sit in the grass as it tickles your legs, and feel a soft breeze blow through your hair as you plan outlines and sketch characters. You can drink some lemonade or eat some picnic food too.
Or you can sit on a deck in the shade, with a laptop and a mind filled with words, and spend some time typing while the birds chirp.
Writing outside won’t just help you get some sunlight and fresh air, it could also inspire you and give you new ideas for settings, characters, and stories.
Even if you don’t have a backyard, patio, or balcony, you can still go to a park and write there, or find a bench on a sidewalk and spend some time working out plot holes.
Okay, so this one isn’t really a location, but I still feel that it deserves a spot on this list.
Standing up while writing is good for your body, and can help you see ideas and problems in a new way.
You can use a standing desk to type at if you enjoy using the computer to write. If you prefer notebooks or writing things out by hand, you could get a whiteboard or blackboard and attach it to the wall at about eye level, or you could use a standing desk with a notebook.
In a Library
Writing in a library is great because you have a bunch of reference material around you. Not sure when Mozart was born? You can just check the biography section. Need to know about espionage in the 16th century? Check the history section.
With all of the references in physical books, you won’t have to worry about getting distracted by the internet while doing research!
Plus you’re always surrounded by inspiration in a library, since there are so many books around you.
The library is also a good place to learn about writing events and groups/reading events and groups that are in your area, so definitely check it out.
In an Office
While writing is more of a work from home kind of activity, doing some work in an office is a good way to boost your productivity and increase your focus.
If you have the space and supplies for a home office, than this can be a good location for writing, and one that you can use frequently.
There are also communal office spaces, where you can rent out a place to work if you find that it helps keep you more focused.
If there aren’t any offices available for you to work in, you could try the libraries of universities and colleges, the lobby of your apartment building (if you live in an apartment), or go to a cafe to write.
Where do you like to write?
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