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Essentials For Writing At A Cafe


Whether you’re brainstorming for a blog post, or writing a paper for school it’s always nice to cozy up at a cafe to get some work done! Personally, I’ve never managed to get any studying done at the library. I always feel self-conscious when I’m pulling out a chair because the noise it makes seems to disturb everyone in the room. So I prefer getting my writing done at a cafe where I usually don’t have much trouble zoning out from all the chatter. Plus if you get stuck while you’re writing, a cafe is the perfect place to people watch until inspiration hits. So I thought I’d share some of my essentials for writing at a cafe.

#. Notebook & Pen – Typing can be faster, but there’s something about the physical act of putting pen to paper that makes the words flow. I like being able to scrawl my thoughts over the lines and quickly scratch things out instead of hitting a delete button. It’s messy, illegible, but I love the feeling of writing with a pen. Throughout high school and college I always used the HI-TEC-C 0.4, but for the past 3 years I’ve converted to the uni STYLE FIT 0.28 pen. If you drop a HI-TEC-C there’s a chance that you’ll ruin the tip of the pen, but I’ve not had that problem yet with the uni STYLE FIT. The uni STYLE FIT writes like an ink pen but it has that clicky thingee at one end so you don’t have to fuss with lids. For paper I avoid spring-bound notebooks as they bother my wrist when the spring is on the right side of the paper.

#. Earphones – If you have loud people sitting next to you, earphones can be a saving grace. They also come in handy if you feel like listening to a podcast or audiobook. Pro tip: if you wear a hoodie over your earphones it blocks out more sound even if they’re not sound cancelling headphones!

#. Cardigan – In the summer they blast the A/C too high, and in the winter sometimes they switch the heat off for a while. Never hurts to have a cardigan on hand.

#. iPad/laptop – I personally avoid lugging anything heavy around so my iPad mini serves me well. It holds my kindle books, my audiobooks, and is useful for searching the web or browsing through Pinterest when I’m looking for inspiration.

#. Charger – Is it just me or do iPhones just have inanely short battery life? Even when my phone is fully charged, I like to bring my charger just in case. If I decide to watch a YouTube video or browse through Instagram, the battery just goes. I should probably pick up a phone battery, but I haven’t found one light enough for my liking yet.

Your turn ♥ What are your essentials when you’re writing or studying at a cafe?

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  • I definitely agree with having a cardigan or some other type of layering piece. Doors are constantly opening and closing at a cafe, so the moving air may make it seem chillier than it actually is.

    • Kim

      Oooh good point Alli! I find this to be true for side doors that lead out to restrooms and such too. I like to sit away from the doorway but sometimes the best seats are already taken hehe.

  • All of these are so spot on for me. I love working in libraries, but you’re right, sometimes it just gets too quiet! Another thing I like to bring when I go do work at a cafe is a book; sometimes it’s nice if I need a break or am feeling uninspired to change my focus for a bit + read.

    • Kim

      I like exploring amongst the books or exploring libraries such as the Seattle Public Library because of it’s unique architecture. Plus it’s always fun discovering a book by a happy accident as opposed to getting one from the top sellers list ;) Which books have you been reading lately?

  • i personally can’t study in the library as well. its just too quite for me. i like the buzz of cafes, it gives me a lot more motivation when the surrounding is busy as well. my essentials are my laptop, my earphone, and cardigan. :)

    • Kim

      Exactly! There’s a lot more life to cafes than libraries that’s good for morale :P

  • I really like writing in cafe’s too- I agree with what you said about them being a great source of inspiration :) I’d never thought of bringing earplugs- that’s such a good idea though, Cafes also supply a constant supply of coffee, which is definitely needed!

    Rachel xx

    • Kim

      Yes, can’t get enough of that caffeine ;) I like myself a nice cappuccino or a mocha chip frappuchino in the summer!

  • Great tips! While I like studying in the library, sometimes it can be a bit too much for hours on end. I’m with you when it comes to physically writing, for some reason it’s always better for getting the ideas flowing!

    • Kim

      Right?! I like the feeling of ink flowing from pen because it makes it feel like the words flow out on paper with the ink. Plus it’s easier to doodle or draw sketches when words fail you ;)

  • Since I work from home, I’m always try to hit up a cafe once in a while to get a new environment. I can totally relate to all of your tips, haha. Cardigan is FOR SURE. Once I actually got sick because I decided to be dumb and only wear a tank top to Starbucks. Whooops.

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    • Kim

      Yeah sometimes it’s a bit of a hassle when the sun is scorching mid summer and you want nothing to do with a cardigan. It’s only after I’ve got ice in my tummy and the A/C freezing me over until I realize I desperately need a cardigan :P

  • I like cafes a lot, too! It’s so helpful especially since it means no distractions at home (aka hey let’s procrastinate by cleaning the entire house), and I like the option of buying and eating something while I’m working instead of making it myself haha. I always carry around a cardigan or scarf in the summer, in case wherever I’m going has the ac on too high – I’m a huge baby when it comes to the cold!

    becky ♡ star violet

    • Kim

      I love myself a good tiramisu with some coffee at a cafe :D I don’t take kindly to the cold much either. It always makes my jaw drop when I see someone roaming around in short sleeves in the middle of winter. Crazy I say!

  • Good ideas. And great tips!!! I love cafe with free wifi. I love writing in cafe and working in cafe too! I can definitely say that studying at a coffee shop helps me concentrate. Also I like getting tea, or coffee in cafe.

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    • Kim

      Ahh sometimes I like getting a cup of tea too! Especially if they have an interesting tea selection that I haven’t tried before!

  • Awesome tips. I love the “charger”, i felt i’ll die without charger these days, not just charger i’ll bring, i’ll also bring the plug in case my charger run out of battery and there’s a hole i can just plug in and safe my day. And cardigan, I always have to remind myself to bring it in case get sick.

    x Tiff

    • Kim

      Ahh I need to get my hands on a plug in case. I haven’t found one that’s light or in my price range yet hehe. Cardigans definitely come in handy when it starts getting chilly!