Writing can be a very solitary occupation. I find if I spend too many days in my office by myself, I go a bit nuts! So, I often head into Byron Bay or Bangalow (another beautiful little village near my house) and write in a café.
I find I can screen out the noise and chatter around me very easily. This way I still feel part of the community and the constant stream of freshly brewed coffee is also good. My local library is another great place to write and I’ve even set up shop at a picnic table by the beach. The sound of the waves is such a joy.
But there is one part of the story I can’t write in public. I can’t write those sex scenes when surrounded by strangers. I’m always worried someone will read over my shoulder and get a shock, or I’ll blush and people with wonder what I’m up to!
How about you? When you are working, do you like the solitude or do you operate best in the midst of the action?