This week I decided to stop working at home and get an office. Of course, I can’t really afford to do that — I am a writer/editor, after all, and my income is never guaranteed. Still, I think I deserve an office like everybody else.
So, I am back to the cafes — my favourite being The Wired Monk on Fourth Avenue. Everyone here seems to be on a laptop and working so they are very respectful of making sure you have your own space. Besides this, they make amazing coffee and the food is wonderful. An office does cost a bit of money but I am going to write it all off. A few coffees or beers or meals every so often…So far it is working out really well. I got more done today on the book I am finally back to working on then I have in six months. The only problem with the Wired Monk is that it is a bit of a hike from home; downhill all the way on my bike, but uphill all the way home. A bad uphill that leaves me hot and thirsty. However, the Internet is free. In a crunch when I can’t face the climb I go to Starbucks, which is only a block away, but they only provide two hours online and the coffee isn’t as good.
The False Creek Yacht Club is also totally affordable and offers an amazing view of False Creek and Granville Island. It costs nothing to join as long as you pre-buy your food and drink with their program that is similar to a Starbucks card. I’m thinking this would be a great office as it is almost empty during the daytime, but sadly they don’t have an espresso machine yet, but the beer is good.
My family is slowly becoming accustomed to me saying, “I’m going to the office,” as I disappear out the door. Even though they don’t really have a clue what I am talking about, they seem to accept that I won’t be around to answer questions, cook meals, run to the store, answer the phone, feed the cat, write a first-year essay, drive to Grouse or do the laundry. The various teenagers wandering through the house know not to drink every drop of milk and to find the fridge without too many problems.
So, in conclusion all of you writers who work at home — you don’t have to. Go to your local library or a cafe nearby — every writer needs and office — and it doesn’t have to break the bank.