I know this has come up in other threads, but can no longer afford the luxury of writing in coffee shops! I really have to find a way to work at home. I posted this at a different thread on personal finance software and thought I’d post it as a separate topic to get people’s thoughts on this. Please don’t say things like ‘oh, it just takes concentration’ or whatever, because I’ve been around long enough to have told myself these things and discover it’s not that easy. I think we are all different types and for me, this is a real problem. Here’s my post, in part:
We are getting rather hammered by the economic downturn in my household. Been cleaned out basically, so we are having to save every penny and then some! But I write MUCH better when not at home. I wrote half of my dissertation and most of my revisions at the local coffee shop and did it in half the time I’d written the first half (working at home). I have tried and tried to create a separation in my home between my writing life and the rest of my life! If I could afford it, I’d build a studio above my garage just for writing and make it completely separate from the rest of the house. As it is, we have a very small house and the room I write in is the room I also do bills in, guests sleep in, etc. It’s been very hard to concentrate at home.
It’s weird, because I can be in a noisy coffee shop and be completely focused and write away without any distraction, but have a much harder time in my house where there is only me and my dog! It’s very strange. I know many writers who write on their kitchen tables, whatever, in their homes. So I don’t really know why this is different for me. I know I’m not alone here!
So I am struggling to figure out how to make this work, since I really can’t afford to go to the coffee house every day. But can I afford not to??? Or do I just find a way to force myself to make this work? Any thoughts on how to work at home?