Most of my friends--and probably many of you--write in public. Maybe you need to escape your kids and find some quiet time. Maybe you need to break away from distractions like wifi and television and undone household chores. Maybe you just like a steady supply of overpriced caffeinated beverages. Whatever the reason, I seem to be in the minority in that I HAVE to write at home, for several embarrassing reasons (which I probably shouldn't share but what they heck, I'm going to anyway):
I'm vain. I mean, I'm not one of those girls who takes 5 hours to get ready and reapplies lipgloss every 2.5 seconds. But I'm also not going to leave the house wearing faded stretchpants and my husband's giant Batman shirt. And sadly, that's my writing uniform. (I'm totally killing the glamorous-writer-fantasy, aren't I?) I am allllllllllll about comfort when I'm spending hours pushing my creative muscles as far as they can go.
I'd prefer not to be committed. I'm what I like to think of as a "method writer." I feel what my characters are feeling as I channel it on the page. Happy scene? Yeah--I'm giggling like a schoolgirl the entire time. Sad scene? I am bawling. BAWLING. And if I get stuck? Well... sometimes I talk to my characters to figure out why they're being so uncooperative. All of which is fine when I'm sequestered in my bedroom with the blinds pulled shut so the neighbors can't see. But in public? I'm pretty sure it would only be a matter of time before they came to take me away.
I'm easily distracted. I know a lot of people find it more distracting to be at home, but for me--and maybe it's because I don't have kids (or because I'm EXCELLENT at ignoring household chores)--I find it almost impossible to not be constantly sidetracked by every person moving/tiny sound/door opening/ooo-shiny-things-that-give-me-excuses-not-to-write! (ahem) So the few times I've had to write in public (whilst traveling or whatnot) my productivity level is embarrassing.
So yeah, I have to write at home. Which is hard because my house doesn't really have a perfect "writing spot" for me--but I make it work for now.
But really, I can't be the only one, can I? Aren't there ANY other homebody writers out there? Or is it really just me?