Alternative titles: ‘The Ultimate Way In Which To Procrastinate; Travelling To Write’ or ‘More Reasons I Can’t Write Right Now’
In theory, you should be able to write anywhere as long as you have the means necessary to do so, so a pen and a napkin (at the very least).
I disagree with this.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt in the last year or so in regards to writing, it’s that there are certain places where the words tend to flow faster than in others. To some extent, however, I realise this all must be in my head. But I’m still curious to the question, mind vs. environment; which wins? Is there a winner?
Places I like to write and tend to write more in:
Cafes; perhaps it’s the perceived prestige behind writing in a cafe or the environmental pressure (people are watching, I must at least pretend to be working) or the hit of caffeine, regardless, things get written here.
Library; I’d love to say it’s the environment here, the quiet, that pushes me to write but that’s simply not true. Just as with cafes, there is just something about writing in public. At the library, it’s also expected that you work (especially if you sit at one of the tables!), a social pressure. Further, the library’s WiFi isn’t the most reliable in that it works, sure, but only at certain times and for certain websites and as such there’s less of a distraction.
And that’s about it.
When looking at the meagre list above, there appear to be several ‘key’ things that appear to make me write more (and they make the adorable easy-to-remember acronym ‘P.U.P.’):
- Perceived prestige
- Unreliable internet connection
- Pressure from observers
So it seems to me that, in my case at least, environment triumphs over mind. Whilst I might want to write at home, and desperately need to, I find it incredibly difficult to get started (which is probably where P.U.P. comes in to play). It’s not that I can’t write at home, it’s just that it’s more efficient for me to write elsewhere.
Where do you write?
Have you ever explored writing in different places? Where did you go and what was it like? Also, what did you write on? (A notebook, laptop, napkin?).
Thanks for reading!