If you are a writer, reader, or a creator of any kind, you need a spot. You need a place you can go that is a sanctuary of sorts. The lighting, sound and atmosphere have to be just perfect to focus and create, whether it is with words, artistic skill or a specific craft.
To be honest, most of my writing happens in the early morning at home, before my husband wakes up or my day has really started. I seem to write best then, or even late at night before bed. Sometimes I have to get my thoughts down before I go to bed, otherwise they are forgotten. The worst is when I am driving. I have never been successful with Siri understanding anything I say, so I have to turn off the radio and repeatedly review the thoughts in my head until I can stop and write them down.
I’ve had a few special spots in the past, but I need to find a new one.
In Michigan there was this wonderful restaurant/hang out spot called Raven Cafe. It was Edgar Allan Poe-themed and it was amazing! I lived an hour away from it, though, so I didn’t go as often I would have liked!
When we lived in Baltimore, there was a great shop in Fells called The Daily Grind, which was always busy, but had a large space and many sitting options for those who came to work and create.
Where we live now, some friends showed us a cool book shop in Annapolis. No creative name or website apparently, but it’s not needed. It has the perfect feeling, a coffee bar and so many hidden chairs to settle down in. This is a great spot, but a little out of the way, so I would have to go prepared to spend a whole afternoon there.
The closest option is a coffee shop/deli a couple blocks from our apartment. I have been there once and if the TV volume is not up and there is music playing, it works. It’s smaller than I thought originally and no cozy corners, but it is right on main street so great for people watching.
What is your favorite spot? I would love to hear where you go in your city/town for reading and creating! Where do you go to remove yourself from the reality and grind of life? I am looking forward to exploring these places more and using them to enjoy my favorite hobbies!
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