Nowhere in one of these books will you find a tan-colored cubicle.
My preferred workspace consists of a table at Panera in Watertown, Mass. On this table are two things: (1) my MacBook and (2) a refillable cup of Mountain Dew. To my mind, I do my best writing here, with the Dew and the sunlight and the white noise of quick lunchtime conversation.
Alas, I spend 40 hours a week in the aforementioned cubicle. Inspiring it is not. But I have found ways to push through the pain of my spirit-killing, I mean, less-than-ideal, confines:
- Procrastinate. Most writers, when sitting down to write, find ways to procrastinate. When you have a day job, however, you can use your own writing as a means of procrastination. In this way, writing almost becomes fun. Almost.
- Decorate. Tack quotations and poems to your cube walls. Some may view this as pretentious and/or weird. Just tell them that, without these things, your muse might abandon you altogether. They’ll think this is totally normal.
- Exploit. Write about your co-workers.
- Blog. Blogging may not do what the Dew can do, but it’ll get the creative juices flowing. See here and here and here.
- Research. Put all that non-work-related Web-surfing to good use and research magazines and journals, or places to submit your work. See “Procrastinate.”
- Compete. If you’re at a loss for writing material, find a writing contest that dictates your subject.
- Believe. Believe that if you persevere, one day you’ll be able to return to your rightful spot at Panera.