Want to participate in National Novel Writing Month but unsure if you’ll be able to keep those creative juices flowing for 50,000 words? Writing from your desk or bed at home every day can get very dull, so it’s a great idea to find writing spots outside of your work room for a change of scenery. “Okay,” you’re probably asking, “but what kinds of places can I find around me?” Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this list of possibilities.
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A tried and true choice for both novice and experienced writers. Whether it’s a major chain or a small independent spot, the general atmosphere of a coffee shop is pleasant and relaxing. Plus, you have the benefit of coffee to keep your energy up! You can’t go wrong with bringing your laptop or notebook and grabbing a cup of joe.
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Even during a time of year that’s colder in some parts of the country, a spot down by the ocean makes for a great place to sit down and write. It’s quiet, it provides a great view, and who doesn’t love the sound of the waves crashing against the sand? Just don’t get your computer wet if you’re using it!
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Even as bibliophiles, it’s easy for many of us to take our local libraries for granted. A constant with town and city libraries is that they feature plenty of desks, outlets, and comfy chairs to write in. Plus, if you’re writing in a certain genre, you can take out books to look over for inspiration.
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Local parks are always a nice place to go out and write. The open air, grassy fields, shady trees, and big benches make for a lovely scene that can strike inspiration on how to turn an image you’re writing into a visually appealing moment that sucks readers in the way you want it to.
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It’s different enough that it deserves its own spot on this list. Dog parks are a lively community place becoming more and more common. If you have a dog, then there’s a good chance you already visit dog parks regularly, but have you considered doing a little writing there? The variety of dogs running around and the energy of the location has all the potential to provide a fun, if hairy, place to write.
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What’s more perfect for the season than an apple orchard? While you’re out picking apples, bring along your writing implement of choice and take a few moments to write out some ideas you might have. It could be the boost your autumn chapter needs.
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If you don’t mind a little extra noise, then definitely think about taking a seat at a nearby mall’s food court and doing some writing. It’s the perfect place for people watching, which can provide a great way to think more about how you want to portray the characters in your novel.
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Sometimes we want to make the time to write but just can’t afford to go out of our way and spend a while somewhere else. For the time-conscious, why not use that morning commute as a creative outlet? All of the views you pass by along the way might spark something, too. Don’t worry: chances are it won’t bother the person in the seat next to you.
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If you don’t want to leave home but want a change of scenery, then consider going out on your porch or balcony. Sitting outside and getting a better view of the world around you can help get a different perspective on things, and some fresh air too.
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Maybe not the best place for extended writing sessions, but visiting a local art gallery and bringing along a notebook to jot down any ideas that other people’s work might bring you couldn’t hurt. From classic pieces to more recent artwork, getting a look at what other creators have made can help you dig yourself out of that creative rut. If other people can do it, you can too!
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