NaNoWriMo, Hollywood Style

If you’re joining the hundreds of thousands of people writing for National Novel Writing Month, you’ll want to visit these places while you’re in town to get a bit of work done.

NaNoWriMo, Hollywood Style


Be inspired by the smell of books all around you as you set up at a table in the store’s cafe.  While you write, you can enjoy a coffee drink, kombucha, or even beer and wine, and when you get hungry and realize you’ve been writing for three hours straight, just try a sandwich – the BAAT is delicious!  The atmosphere is warm and literary so it’s likely to evoke some wonderful descriptions and alliterations from you.


Enjoy rooibos hibiscus iced tea while you work, or a beer when you finish, at this sleek cafe bar.  They also have some amazing burgers and sandwiches, in case you need a lunch break.  The space is generally fairly quiet, making it easy to work with minimal distractions.

Dinosaur Coffee

Some writers just need coffee next to them to form coherent sentences.  This adorable shop will be able to keep you going.  The spacious shop serves up a deliciously simple coffee, as well as a perfectly balanced latte – the same latte that keeps Ben, owner of the cafe and co-founder of Cards Against Humanity, going all day as he manages two businesses.

Central Library

There’s any number of libraries in Los Angeles, but Central is one of the best locations.  The architecture is beautiful, and there are any number of stunning murals on the city.  Additionally, you’ll have access to nearly every book you can think of, in case you need to research something.

Seven Grand

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If you like sitting down with a warming drink while you write, try this whiskey bar.  With a variety of whiskeys, an extensive cocktail menu, and some insanely comfortable seating, this can be a very comfortable place to settle in for a few hours.  If you need a break, play a game of pool, or simply people-watch.

Whether you’re writing a novel or a screenplay, try one of these places to inspire you to get it done!