My Summer Writing Spot

It’s getting cooler and the light is fading. The only place I want to be right now is curled up in bed with my book and a cup of tea. It doesn’t seem like that long ago when all that mattered in the evenings was being allowed to stay up as late as possible. I should have appreciated those early night more when I had them. It’s been a long week. One of those filled with so many realisations and insights that by the end of it you’re as drained as if you’d run a marathon.

I also realised it’s been two months since I last worked on my novel. I almost ashamed to admit it. February I was editing and re-writing every day with a smile on my face, then March hit and I haven’t even glanced at it. Yes, I know a short story got in the way, but I submitted that three weeks ago, so as an excuse it’s quite a flimsy one.

Tomorrow morning I intend to put that right. I will take my usual Saturday morning routine with my Mac and my Nespresso and move it out onto the balcony. It’s quickly become my favourite spot.

As long as I keep the book at a safe distance so I don’t dive into it at random intervals. I need some more plants as well. I can feel there’s another story knocking at the back of my mind. I don’t know what it is yet, but I can feel it percolating. Perhaps I’ll take a fresh notebook out onto the balcony with me and see where it leads.

So that’s my mission for this weekend: get back to editing, enjoy the sunshine and, if it rains, taking the routine indoors. I might even treat myself to an early night.

What’s your favourite writing/reading spot now that the weather finally seems to say, ‘Spring!’

Author: Eva O'Reilly

Writer, avid reader, large dog lover, cake baker and Francophile. Living in hope of finding either a literary agent or a large audience on Amazon.

16 thoughts on “My Summer Writing Spot

  1. Hi Eva. Most writing is rewriting, but when I’m starting a new project I strongly prefer to write a first draft in a place of isolation. I usually sublet a place somewhere where I have no friends or family, and keep all other writing projects or other work at a distance. This strategy may not be for everyone, but it’s worked for me.

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    1. That does like a wonderful technique. As a single mother with a young child it wouldn’t work for me logistically, but if it could I’d be very tempted. I definitely agree about the isolation.

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  2. Unfortunately, here in Boston, it’s still wicked cold and my outdoor space is just a tad too chilly to do any real writing. I also haven’t touched my novel (for a few weeks) but chalk this up to my excitement and preparation to travel to your city (Copenhagen), Berlin, and Prague. So, I just keep writing in my notebook, here in my little cottage with the heat on, counting the days until I get to write in Copenhagen cafes and Prague coffee shops 😉

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      1. For bars you definitely have to go to Ruby’s!
        Cafés I haven’t really been too much since I got my Nespresso machine, but a perfect one for writing is in Fiolstræde across from the old university building. It’s a bookshop cum café and you can stay for hours.


      2. Thank you, thank you for the recommendations! I will most definitely check out Ruby’s and the bookshop/cafe. Can’t wait to be in your lovely city (well, I’ve heard it’s lovely). Thanks again!

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  3. Awesome:) self care is great! I think sometimes it’s good to take breaks too. Here in the tropics indoors works best for me, but the spot you’ve got for yourself looks so refreshing and cozy!

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  4. That writing spot is #goals, tbh. It sounds so cheery and cozy! Lately, I’ve been going to the cafe to write like a walking stereotype, haha. But sometimes I need to get out of the house and clear my head and writing there certainly helps. I just finished my draft there today so maybe there’s something special about it after all…🤔

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    1. I agree, sometimes you just need to get away. When I write at home I usually get too distracted by laundry, ironing, dust etc. I finished all my editing in a café, it was a great place to not be distracted and they had great coffee 🙂

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