Write Anywhere: 21 Different Places to Get Inspired

by Suzannah Freeman

Woman sitting in tree with bird

Who says you always need to write in the same place?

I asked my followers on Twitter to share the places they most love to write. Here’s what some of them said:

Sprawled on my bed, the floor, or outside in a chair. Always with a laptop. Desks are just not for me ~@thefourpartland

The library, a cafe – anywhere there’s people and some background noise. [email protected]

My favorite place to write is in my beach chair. ~Author Janet Spurr, Beach Chair Diaries: Summer Tales from Maine to Maui @janetspurr

I like to write in a few places, but I think my favorite is still my bed. ~@kimswitzer

In bed, outside, or @ kitchen table. ~@puelladocta

Desk, couch, bed, tram. I can’t write with too much background noise. ~@June_Templeton

I have a fav coffeehouse or I splurge and stay at a cozy motel on the coast. [email protected]

My favorite place to write is in bed, with my laptop, and — no lie — an electric fan running for white noise. ~@ToddARitter

Starbucks, B&N and the library. I absolutely cannot write at home – far too many distractions. ~@michelru

They say variety is the spice of life, so get out and get inspired by writing in a different place each day. Try these locations on for size:

  1. Desk
  2. Kitchen table
  3. Couch
  4. Bed
  5. Front porch or back patio
  6. Outdoor cafe
  7. Restaurant
  8. Beach
  9. Hiking trail
  10. Book store
  11. Bus or subway
  12. Library
  13. Food court at the mall
  14. Park
  15. Treadmill
  16. Staffroom at work
  17. Bathtub
  18. Waiting in line at the grocery store
  19. Airplane
  20. Movie theatre
  21. Tent

If you carry around a small notebook, you can virtually write whenever you want, wherever you want.

What’s the craziest place you’ve ever written something? Do you prefer to write in one place, or mix up your routine?

Today’s Challenge: Relocate today’s writing session to a place you’ve never written before. Next week, try some place else. See how many different places you can get inspired.

About the Author: Suzannah Windsor Freeman is the founder of Write It Sideways, a blog where writers learn new skills, define their goals, and increase their productivity. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits challenge.

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  • I usually either write at my desk or at the library. But one place I do love to write that I don’t do often anymore (main reason because it’s January) is outside or at a park usually by a lake. The scenery and the fresh air has a way of bring you inspiration.

    • I grew up in northwestern Ontario where it was cold a lot of the year, so I understand what it’s like to enjoy the outdoors immensely in the summertime!

  • Eporter70

    I prefer coffee shops mainly because I get easily distracted at home. That being said, if I have the right music on in the background, I can be very productive at home.

    • I’ve actually never written in a coffee shop, but I don’t think it would suit me. I’d be too busy looking at everyone around me and listening in on their conversations 🙂

  • Marwa

    In my car, when the traffic light was red. And when I’m actually driving and not stalled in traffic, I use my voice recorder on my mobile phone.

    • What a great idea! I’d love to train myself to “write” on a voice recorder.

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