Writing can be a lonely profession. While some of the best writing happens behind closed doors, some of the best thinking happens collectively. That’s why I am excited to announce that Legal Linguist is joining the PatchWork Collective, a drop-in coworking space in Ferndale, Michigan.

What is your picture of a writer?

For many people, a stereotypical author is an older man (generally) in a tweed jacket or cardigan, curled over a desk covered in papers and research materials, working alone. After all, writing is all in the writer’s head, right?

Actually not.

Writers Need a Balance of Isolation and Collaboration

Recent research says creativity benefits from both isolation and collaboration. The study shows the value of unplugging and withdrawing from the modern world to inspire you. Spending time on your favorite hobby or out in the natural world can get the creative juices flowing and inspire you to put pen to paper. One of my most productive periods was during a writing retreat in Vermont with limited internet access and no distractions.

But collaboration is important too. If you spend all your time with your nose in a computer you may quickly face writer’s block as the same ideas echo around in your head. Or you may solely convince yourself of the truth of something that is simply false. Sometimes you simply need someone to talk to.

Coworking Atmosphere Provides Collaboration On Demand

When I am blogging, I often find myself needing to talk through a topic, or just vent my frustration with a bad court decision. This isn’t the kind of content my ghost blogging clients are paying me for. They want a clear, understandable summary of the legal issue, generally without any personal spin. But in a coworking setting, there are people to talk to and get that mental block out of the way.

Until PatchWork came about, I did my coworking at a coffee shop. I and a handful of other freelancers would work side by side on entirely different work. When one of us needed a listening ear, the others were there to offer collaboration on demand.

But you can only sit in a coffee shop so long. They don’t offer a place to take a private call, or avoid the distracting sounds of the grinder or espresso machine.

PatchWork Collective offers me the best of both worlds: a coworking atmosphere where I can collaborate with other professionals and a professional work space where I don’t feel compelled to drink fancy drinks or order food. At PatchWork, my membership gives me access to a community of like-minded coworkers, a professional address, and quiet space where I can dig in when it is time to get work done.

Legal Linguist will be a Founding Member of the PatchWork Collective coworking space in Ferndale, Michigan, when it launches in August. Local professionals can find out more by following the company’s blog (of course) or finding them on Facebook or Instagram.

Lisa Schmidt is a writer for Legal Linguist in Ferndale, Michigan. She provides blogs and web content for lawyers and small businesses. Contact Legal Linguist to schedule a meeting and improve your online content today.