Originally posted at the Wordstock blog.
I have a Designated Writing Zone in my house. I’ve written many thousands of words in it, and I’ve even blogged about it. But sometimes I need other voices, other rooms. Fortunately Portland has many places where you can park yourself for extended periods of timeÂ to work on your manuscript. Here are four I recommend:
Backspace Cafe — This cafe is also an all-ages music venue, so if you arrive in the afternoon and stick around into the evening, expect to experience a shift in theÂ atmosphere. Plus there’s a gaming section, so ifÂ you’ve made your wordcount goal and want to reward yourself with some time in World of Warcraft, you totally can.
Press Club — When a restaurant names its menu items after authors, you know they’re the sort of place you can linger with your laptop. TheÂ Press Club also has a fine selection of literary and arts magazines, so if inspiration lags, you can be inspired by the works of others.
Southeast Grind — This coffeeshop, which serves the ever-popular Voodoo Doughnuts among its other snack options, is open twenty-four hours. Need I say more?
Sterling Room for Writers, Multnomah County Library — You need to apply to use the Sterling Writers Room, but the application is short and youÂ can fill it out online.Â You can write elsewhere inside the Central Library, too, of course — but it’s pretty cool to write in an official Writers Room, right?