Sometimes you just need to be alone. Perhaps you’ve decided finally it’s time to write your hard-boiled detective novel. Maybe you’re inspired to develop that business plan you’ve been talking about for years. Or, you just want to get away and think. One key to moving forward is to find the place where the creative juices will freely flow. While Herman Melville wrote much of Moby Dick at the Manhattan’s New York Society Library, others, such as E. B. White and D. H. Lawrence, favored isolated wilderness cabins in which to write their masterpieces. Finding a conducive, distraction-free environment is no easy task. Texts, emails, phone calls, and people constantly impinge on your good intentions to really focus. So, here are a few ideas for locales that might enable a tete-a-tete encounter with your muse, or just a vacation where you can get away from it all.
Urban Writer Spaces: New York City
It's surprising to many that in the midst of the bustling city, there is a vast host of specialized writing spaces for every kind of writer; some catering to those seeking silence, some encouraging talking and networking, and some offering 24-hour-a-day access. While urban writer spaces are typically large, open rooms populated by numerous writers at any one time, reasonable levels of peace and quiet are possible by choosing a space suitable to your needs or by wearing noise-canceling headphones. Most facilities offer cubicles or desks, Internet access, a telephone room, and most importantly, access to coffee. Rates ranging from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars a year vary by location.
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