Where do you write?

I am fortunate. After a lifetime of working freelance as an illustrator, graphic designer, copywriter and cartoonist, I have an established working routine and a studio with forty years history embedded in every dust mote – or I did have until we moved house two years ago. I now have a smaller, newer studio, but some of the dust came with me.

Interior of Charlie Friday's coffee shop and café in Lynton

Charlie Friday’s
Sometimes I walk down to my local café, Charlie Friday’s, where they have great coffee and make the best fruit scones and cakes I’ve had anywhere. The ambience is totally different to my desk space and makes a pleasant change that can revitalise my writing.

Boston Tea Party in Barnstaple, café, restaurant and meeting place

The Boston Tea Party
If I’m in our local county town (about twenty miles away) I’ll pop in to The Boston Tea Party (often while my wife is taking a Pilates class). It’s a café with mismatched furniture, friendly staff and good toasted tea cakes. Also great for people watching.

Now there’s a thought
I wonder how much of my working life has been associated with the quality of available cafés?

How does this work practically
I write predominantly using the Pages app on a Mac computer. The files automatically update on my iPad so I can stop mid sentence, grab my iPad, and continue writing anywhere.

Does anyone else have a special place where creativity flows?

Published by Bruce Aiken

A maths and physics student who ran away to art college and has worked as a freelance creative ever since.

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