Favorite Places to Write

  1. In bed.
    I typically work for the first hour (sometimes more) of every day with a cup of coffee and a computer lap desk (I love this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WER27Q/ref=s9_top_hd_bw_bXDrlD_g147_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=197ZH70K7Z2ZCCTKWTV0&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=657f39ca-0c7f-5b68-9fbb-674a268f4d22&pf_rd_i=490924011). It's tough on my back to sit up in bed for long periods of time, so I try to limit it.
  2. At my makeshift elliptical desk.
    I spend a lot of time brainstorming, editing, taking conference calls, and reading work-related materials, all of which can be done while simultaneously exercising. Plus the movement seems to help me tap into creativity. I bought a cheap mini elliptical machine (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ7ZNEA/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_1) and pushed it up against a waist-high bookshelf. I use it throughout the day as I work, and at night when I watch TV or read.
  3. Dolores Park Cafe in San Francisco, CA
    The food and coffee at Dolores Park Cafe isn't amazing, but it's solid, fresh, and well-priced. The energy is lively but not busy, so I get the benefit of being out among people without major interruptions. They're happy to let me stay there all day working as long as I buy something (I recommend the Cobb salad), plus it's right next to Dolores Park, so it's convenient for fresh air breaks if needed.
  4. On long flights.
    I get anxious during takeoff, but once I'm settled in (and, most likely, @evan is napping on my shoulder), I find airplanes are a good place to get lost in a writing project. I love the feeling of landing having accomplished more than when the plane took off.
  5. Romancing the Bean in Burbank, CA
    I spend a lot of time in the Burbank area for work, and this cafe is a great, cozy place to settle in and work. The food is fresh and tasty, the coffee is strong, and every time I've been there, I've somehow managed to score a table near an outlet.
  6. Ancora Coffee Roasters in Madison, WI
    Evan and I travel to Milwaukee to see his family a few times a year, and at least once per year, we stop in Madison for a few days. He went to school at UW, and loved to go to Ancora after work or class to study or write, and I've fallen in love with it too. It has that delightfully grimy, well-worn undergrad hangout feel. You can work there for hours without feeling like you've overstayed.
  7. My bedroom at my parents' house.
    There's something about knowing my mom is in the next room and my middle school diaries are in my childhood closet. I feel more connected to what's inside of me.