Coffee shops and cafes have long been associated with writers, and for good reason. The right coffee shop can provide the perfect environment for writers. Cosy enough to feel comfortable but not put you to sleep. Interesting enough to help ignite creativity but not so interesting that they pose a distraction. In this piece, I'm going to help you find the perfect coffee shop for your writing…
1. Think about the sort of environment that suits you.
The first thing you need to do is think long and hard about the sort of working environment that suits you most as it will dictate the sort of coffee shop/café that will be best suited to you for writing your Kindle book.
Are you the sort of person who likes to work in mostly silence or are you someone that thrives when there is a lot going on around you and more noise? There are the sorts of questions that you need to ask yourself.
2. Search online for coffee shops/cafes that would suit you.
The next step is to go online and search for coffee shops/cafes that are close to you and try and ascertain which of them would be most suited to your way of working. You can do this by checking out the coffee shops/café’s website, social media pages and by reading reviews.
If you are someone who likes to work in noisier and busier environments and the reviews for a particular coffee shop/café say that it is usually empty/quiet then you will know that it isn’t the right place for you and can strike it off your list.
Another major thing to look out for and find out about is the number of plug sockets the coffee shop/café has, the more the better, as the higher the chance of you getting seated somewhere with a plug socket to give your laptop/tablet constant juice as you churn out your literary masterpiece.
3. Ask friends.
In addition to going online, another great way of finding suitable coffee shops/cafes is by asking friends and other local authors which coffee shops/cafes they like working at.
Often asking like this may uncover some hidden gems in your town/city that are not prominently listed and/or reviewed online, so it’s well worth asking.
4. Ring ahead.
Once you have a list of a handful of local coffee shops/cafes that you think would be suitable for you, we highly recommend that you ring ahead to double-check if the coffee shop/café is fine with people sitting there for extended periods of time, assuming they are respectful and paying customers.
It’s important to clarify this upfront as, as you are writing a Kindle book, you may be in the coffee shop/café for a while, especially if you get into flow state, so it’s best to make sure that the establishment would be okay with that, should it happen.
5. Trial them out
Next thing to do is get out there and try out the coffee shops/cafes on your shortlist as no matter how much you research online and ask people, the best way to find out if something is truly suited to you and right for you is to get out there and try it yourself.
6. Stick to the places that work best for you.
Once you have tried out all the coffee shops/cafes on your shortlist, we recommend you choosing 1-3 that you like the most and visiting them more regularly in order to build up a relationship with the business which will, in time, allow you to potentially get preferential treatment, that can make things more comfortable and pleasurable for you as you write your Kindle masterpiece.