Why I Don’t Write At Home

Okay, that’s not strictly true … I do write at home, on occasion.  But the vast majority of the writing I get done happens elsewhere.

Partly it’s because at home, I have too many distractions.  Well, mainly one big distraction:

I think primarily it’s because when I’m at home, I want to relax. I want to try to keep a balance between my work and the rest of my life, and drawing a physical line between the two helps. There was a period of my life when I was telecommuting for my day job as a web developer, and at first I thought that sounded great, until I realized I’d grown to feel that I could never leave work.

Aside from the emotional balance between work and leisure, there’s also just kind of a ritual aspect to it — when I head out to a coffee shop or a library with my laptop, I know I am going to work, and creating a mental space for it, a time in which I have to get something done. It helps me focus.

Lately, since my present day job provides me with an actual office of my own and since I have both an understanding boss and keys to the building, I’ve tended to use that as my “writing office” as well. I’ll reach the end of my actual work day, run out and grab something for dinner, and come back to my desk and get some writing in.

That means it’s not uncommon for me to have a twelve-hour work day, counting both web development and writing. It’s also not unusual for me to head back into the office on a weekend. I’m sure my friends think it’s a little insane. But I’m getting things done.

How about you — where do you need to be to write?