For the longest time I had to write on the second story of a building. I have LITERALLY no idea why, but most authors can’t seem to explain their bizarre writing habits. Dan Brown apparently puts on gravity boots and hangs upside down to help him with his focus on his stories. Truman Capote had to write while lying horizontal—and often in the nude. And Maya Angelo would rent hotel rooms (a woman after my own heart!) and write on her bed.
Most of Waiting at Hayden’s was written at Tea Chai Te in Portland (a second story tea shop) and also in the two-story Starbucks in Charleston on King Street.
On my recent trip to Charleston though, I discovered several more writing spots that I absolutely love. If you’re looking to write in Charleston, work remotely there, or even just discover some amazing coffee shops and restaurants, I would highly recommend checking these places out.
One Broad Street: It’s probably a good thing I didn’t know about this place when I lived in Charleston, because I was on $10/day (struggling writer budget!) and would have wanted to get breakfast here every morning. I did get breakfast here most mornings on my recent trip and ordered a latte, the yogurt and granola (to die for!) and the soft scramble (eggs on top of toast with burrata and herbs). Breakfast here alone is worth making the trip to Charleston for.
East Bay Meeting House: This quaint and cozy bar/restaurant has cute indoor and outdoor seating and fits your needs if you’re looking to write with a cocktail or a coffee.
Felix: This is my new favorite restaurant in Charleston. Located on upper King street its vibe is as amazing as its cocktails and cuisine. I spent an afternoon here sipping on southern drinks, and sampling (okay, more like devouring) the most amazing croque monsieur I’ve ever tasted. It has a classy, yet cozy vibe. Perfect for a date, a girl’s night, or for dining and working.
Bakehouse: I actually wrote a big part of Waiting at Hayden’s here solely because they have the most delicious sea salt brownies! I love having a writing treat. It keeps me in the chair. Most writers struggle with writer’s block. My writing problem is that I eat too much shit when I’m working. They also have a room in the back of the cafe that’s lined with books which is cute and inspiring.
If you live in Charleston or have visited yourself, I’d love to hear some of your favorite spots for my next trip out!