A Bonus to being a Writer: Moving your “Office” to a New Location

It’s the end of January and I’m already struggling to keep up with my ambitious 2016 writing goals. I have a slight case of writer’s block and other self-defeating behaviors that plague many writers. There is a saying that if you are stuck in a rut, try a new environment. Since writers just need their imagination to spill onto a laptop (or with a paper and pen), their location to conduct their work can be subject to change at any moment.

That is what happened this past weekend. My friend and fellow writer, Linda Mercury, decided that we were going to step away from our “offices” and try a new place to write for the day. We ended up treating ourselves to a posh lunch and then writing in the hotel lobby at the infamous Heathman Hotel, which was used as a setting in the Fifty Shades of Grey. This hotel has a prestige reputation but they have embraced their connection to this erotic novel (and I’m sure there is a significant financial incentive in doing so). In the bar, there is a 50 Shades inspired cocktail that comes with a complimentary set of decorative handcuffs. But the most impressive part of this hotel is their library, where guests can find autographed books of authors who have stayed at their hotel. It’s alluring to be writing your work-in-progress surrounded by bookcases and daydreaming that your book could one day be on their shelves.

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It was an afternoon treat to write in a new location, do some interesting people watching, and break out of my writing rut. A question to my fellow writers, where is the most interesting place you have held an “office”?

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About Jessie Smith

Health Care Worker by Day, Aspiring Author by Night and 24/7 Staff for Riley (Corgie/Tibetan Spaniel Mix)

Posted on January 25, 2016, in Auth: Jessie Smith and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Heathman was an excellent choice (they make a great eggs bennie btw). Okay, writing adventure 2: the airport! Be sure to take Max so you’re not paying ridiculous parking fees. Or park free at a hotel like Sheraton and shuttle in for a few hours. Oh, and be be sure to invite me along!!!

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    • I never thought about the Airport since you can’t get past the security point to get access to the gates, where I suspect all the interesting people watching might occur but I’m game to give it a try with you someday 😄

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      • There’s a tropical themed bar. All access, no security gates. Plus other little nooks and crannies all great for check in and departure viewing. Ahhhh the stories…

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