I recently read a post on Victoria’s blog about writing habits. In the post, Victoria confesses her hesitation to write in public places and it spawned an idea for a post on my own blog.
I used to write in public all the time. In high school, I was always scribbling something in the margin of my notebook and I didn’t care who looked at it or asked me about it because most of the time, nobody would ask. When I was in college, I’d do the same thing. I’d sit in a corner of the student lounge with my notebook in front of me and write like I would at home (except on paper instead of on a computer).
A few people would come up and talk to me or ask what I was doing. I’d tell them I was writing my story (which was XIII 90% of the time) and chances were, they wouldn’t ask for any further details. That’s why I never had a big fear of writing in public. If people had asked for more detail or asked to read my story, I would probably have freaked out.
Like the stereotypical writer, I have written in coffee shops before. And in fast food restaurants. And on picnic tables outside. It’s no big deal. But yes, people-watching can be distracting, although if you’re really into the story, the people and the world kind of fade away.
Do you write in public?