I do do it occasionally, especially when I feel like I’m too distracted at home. When the internet calls my name too loudly or I get too caught up in household chores.
I used to go to the library, but I’ve stopped doing that. It’s too loud there.
There isn’t a silence rule in Australian libraries, although they are generally quiet enough, but when a place is generally quiet, and then two people start having a normal-volume conversation, it sounds louder than it is, and is hard to ignore. I’ve found the librarians the biggest offenders here. Either talking to each other, or catching up with friends who are library patrons. And the last few times I went to the library, it was full of students and I couldn’t find a single free desk. Argh!
So if I do go out to work now, it’s to a coffee shop. The low-volume buzz of noise is actually less intrusive than silence broken by a conversation. But I know when I get caught up in my work, my face and body language reflect what I’m writing. When I’m being humorous, I smile, when it’s tense, my face shows tension. When there are strangers around, I feel like maybe I’m less willing to get deep into the emotion of the story.
Sometimes I end up simply working out what I’m going to write next, and there is plenty of value in that, but I’ve had to really get strict with myself about sticking to writing at home without letting the convenience of being AT home get to me.
So far, it’s been working out pretty well, and I think I’ll only go out to work now as a last resort, although I know a lot of writers who thrive at writing outside of their home office. For the writers amongst the readers of this blog, do you like writing somewhere other than at home, and for the readers out there who do other work, do you find it easy to work on what ever job you do outside the office?