Published on 4th March, 2017

5 Creative Places for You to Write From

While we know that working from home is basically living the dream, it’s not long before I start to go a little mad with cabin fever. Sitting inside and staring at the same four walls all day, every day without any human interaction doesn’t bode well for anyone’s mental health or creative output.

So when you start feeling a bit twitchy from working at home for too long, it’s time to get out of the house and write somewhere new. Of course, you could just head over to your closest coffee shop, but sometimes even that starts to feel old. Instead, I’ve got a list of new places for you to try getting your writing done.

Library

My local library is often my favourite place to write because they’re so welcoming, yet quiet at the same time. Libraries are set up with plenty of desk space, power outlets, and Wi-Fi. You can hunker down in a library all day and no one will mind. Plus, it’s free!

Fellow freelancer’s house

If you’re friendly with other freelancers in your area, see if they’d be up for some company for a few hours. It’s a great set up because you can catch up and chitchat for a few minutes, but you both know the value of getting to work and staying focused. You can keep each other on track and enjoy the change of environment.

Outside

When the weather is nice and you can go without a solid Wi-Fi connection for a while, head outside for some fresh air. Grab a bench in your favourite park or bring a blanket to the beach. Getting to work outside is kind of like having your cake and eating it too.

Art galleries, museums, aquariums

While it might be a bit pricier than an afternoon at a coffee shop, being surrounded by art, history, or science can give your brain a big boost of inspiration. To really make the most of this kind of writing outing, call ahead of time so you can ask what the Wi-Fi is like and when the quietest times of the week are.

Public Transit

If you’re up for a unique writing adventure, grab your laptop and an all-day pass for your local transit system. Settle in on a long bus route or train ride, write on the go, and change routes only when you have to. Just be sure that your laptop has a full charge and bring a notebook for backup.

These are some of my favourite places to write and get work done. Choose one from the list and spend a day writing in a completely different environment. Then, feel free to get creative and head to your own favourite local spots. As great as it is to work from home, it’s nice to know that home isn’t our only option.

Robyn Petrik is a freelance writer from Vancouver, Canada, and specializes in writing social media content for creative small businesses. While she happily spends most of her time writing, you’ll also find her reading, hiking, and eating too much peanut butter. You can learn more about Robyn at robynpetrik.com and connect with her on Twitter.

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