I'm not much impressed by those writers who 'work' in cafes. Or maybe I should say, I'm not much impressed by anyone pretending to be a writer - technical term: poet – who spends all of their days in cafes scribbling in notebooks.
Real writing means standing at your desk, pants down, screaming into dictation software. Headbutting and punching the screen may also be necessary.
But, according to science there is something about the soft background hum of a cafe or anywhere really with a muted buzz, that somehow focusses the mind and increases producitvity.
Don't question me. Science said so.
It might just be something to do with the lonesomeness of long distance writing. You do go a bit shack-wacky after a while. Luckily, there's an app for that.
This thing sits on your desktop or pad or phone and pushes out the sound of a reasonably busy, but not chaotic cafe, or bar, or whatevs. It even comes with different loops for differen times of the day; breakfast, lunch and so on.
It seems completely naff and an utter waste of time, so of course I had to try it. I was editing A Protocol for Monsters yesterday, taking changes made necessary by plot developments later in the series. This meant working with a keyboard, not Dragon (which has patched v4 to work properly again).
I streamed the 'Morning Murmur' of a coffee shop to my Bose bluetooth speaker and let some quiet Charlie Parker tunes play directly from the iMac.
It was actually like working in a cafe, but without the four dollar flat whites.
Did it help?
I have no fucking idea. But it felt less lonesome than just throwing on music and hammering away at the manuscript. If you hit up the link above you can hear for yourself what it does.