I can tell you that I tend to write at night tucked into this little corner of my office. I have some serious clutter going on there and I am completely good with that. I like to be surrounded with a certain amount of clutter. I used to also write on my laptop in the living room whenever the mood took me but I get annoyed with the lack of compatibility with software. I remember a time when that wasn’t such a complaint but it is getting on my nerves these days. So I generally stick to the main computer. Unless I have something small to write which I can work up on the laptop and finish on the main one. Also the main thing about my office that most people do not like is that I rather control the light to a severe degree. I have blackout curtains over closed blinds. And I have a soft light source behind me. For me it is quite important to have controlled light because I have quite nasty photophobia. I can work on the computer longer if I control the light around me as well as control the light on the computer. You won’t find me in a cafe though. While I like the idea of a change in scenery I really am a night owl type of writer. I would be hard pressed to find an establishment that keeps my hours. It would be awesome if they did. Nothing better than good coffee and writing.
I doubt where we write says much about us. I can really write anywhere. And I have. What I think that matters is that it is comfortable. That we can settle in and become absorbed by our story. Some of us like the clutter. Some of us I expect are quite neat and everything has its place. Some of us need no distractions. Some of us could write in the busiest of locations and not be fazed by it.
I think it is more interesting where more famous writers write.
Neil Gaiman (Source)
Charles Darwin (Source)
James Patterson (Source)
Jodi Picoult (Source)