What It Means to Write at a Coffee Shop

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When you’re a freelance writer — or any type of freelancer — you make yourself a lot of promises, mostly about getting out of the house and about wearing real, non-pajama clothing. But with no one to hold you accountable, these promises often go unfulfilled.

For The BillfoldAllegra Ringo walks us through a routine of (not) writing many of us know all too well in “The Nine Stages of Writing at a Coffee Shop.”


Sam Metz is a writer living in Morocco on a Fulbright. His reporting and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in The Nation, Public Books, Lit Hub and Muftah. He formerly worked on the editorial team at The Nation. More from this author →