My New Favorite Writing Haunt
Pictured above is the inside of the Whey Pat Tavern, a cosy little place not too far from my halls of residence. As of last Sunday, it is my officially favourite place to write.
First, some background. Last week, my writing wasn’t going so well. I’d had little free time and spent much of that feeling too tired to write properly. I managed some work on my first chapter (which is finished…finally…) but not a whole lot else. To make matters worse, many of my first draft’s early chapters are basically unworkable, meaning that a lot of new material is needed. I therefore intended to spend much of last weekend on my book, in order to get things back on track.
Saturday, sadly, did not work out. I was still tired and found myself working unusually slowly. I added a few hundred words, but given that I more-or-less had a free day…yeah. Sunday morning, I hoped, would be better.
I was still tired. I was grinding out every word. The writing wasn’t flowing at all. By the afternoon, I was ready to give up…which was when the following occurred to me: I had a laptop. I didn’t need to stay in my room. I could take my laptop anywhere (within reason…) and write on that. I’d written with some other writers at the Whey Pat on the previous weekend, so that seemed as good a place as any to start at.
It worked wonders.
There are a number of things I like about this place. The back of it (pictured) tends to be utterly deserted most of the day, for one thing – lots of peace and quiet, in other words. It also made for a nice change of surroundings after spending so long in my room. The walk over was just enough to clear my head without being overly long, which also helped. Oh, and the tea is good – can’t forget that!
I think the most important thing, however, was that I went over specifically to write. If I didn’t write, or even if I wrote too slowly, then I would essentially have wasted my time. Even in my less than awake state, that got me moving. Two and a half hours of writing bliss followed, during which I got through most of my new second chapter. I also ended up adding an interesting detail to my novel’s world and look forward to working on it more.
So I suppose the message to take from this post is as follows: if you’re experiencing a writing slump, then try seeing what a change in surroundings can do. I can’t really do this on weekdays – I have the pesky matter of grad school to deal with then – but on weekends I’m thinking I’ll make a habit of it. It might just be the thing I’ve needed.
If you’ve ever tried something like this before or are planning to try it, then I’d love to hear your thoughts. For that matter, I’d love hear any such tricks you might know. Feel free to post it all down below!