I do a lot of my best work in coffee shops. Real coffee shops. Huge chunks of my master’s thesis were written in Cafe Gourmet in State College, PA. I think it was the general semi-loud background susurrus plus the great selection of music played. The habit has persisted. I need some background music to work.
If I’m going to succeed in National Novel Writing Month, I will have to find a place to write. Unfortunately I haven’t found good college type cafe here in Lowell. That means music with headphones. What music? See my entry on “Music to Read SF by”.