In my little Floridian hometown, I find it quite difficult to locate a well-lit, calming, inspiring spot to settle down with my sketchbook and plot my novel or writings otherwise. Here in Uppsala, such a task is cake.
In fact, it often includes cake.
Before I arrived in Uppsala – for many months prior, in fact – I kept picturing how I’d snuggle into the cafe scene and use it to my best writerly advantage. It became my primary goal to feel at-home in the city’s coffee shops, all of which I discovered – to my greatest delight – house the perfect environment for putting pen to paper and brainstorming. This morning I wandered to Cafe Linne, the first shop I discovered in the town; ordered the above-pictured mocha, plopped myself down next to a gleaming window with the rainy skies and pellets of water on the sidewalks in full view, and scribbled in my notebook for two hours.
I have a flexible set of criteria when it comes to writing comfort-zones. Below you’ll find them listed. If you’re a fellow writer, whether it be a blogger, novelist, freelancer, poet, or otherwise, it will always do you some good to find a comfortable point to get creative outside of your own dwelling.
KELLIE’S WRITING NOOK NECESSITIES
- BUSTLING, BUT NOT MADNESS. I am fond of the generally growls and mumbles of people around me – so long as it isn’t like a rock concert or a bar after midnight.
- FULL OF WINDOW SEATS. I enjoy the company of natural light due to its softness. Cloudy days are a plus (obviously, cafe’s cannot control that.)
- GOOD COFFEE. Cafes in Sweden do not disappoint in this regard. Sweet treats for accompaniment are a plus.
- PLENTY OF TABLE SPACE. I like to sprawl. My stuff – purse, phone, iPad, random papers, etc. etc. – winds up taking a whole table to fit.
- COMFORTABLE SEATING. If I’m squirming constantly, I probably won’t want to attempt to fall into my zen-zone.
- CORNERS AND NOOKS GALORE. I like tables that are situation in their own little spaces, like a miniature den. Big, open dining rooms feel too impersonal for a cozy outing with one’s creative mind.
What sorts of environments do you find yourself most product in? Doesn’t have to be writing – music-making, homework, meditating, anything.
Snaps from today’s expedition to Cafe Linne:
Stay cozy, friends.