Finding a nice, quiet place to do your thing with pen and paper (or keyboard) is a bigger challenge than you might think. Aside from the normal distractions that come with modern life, like TV and telephone, there are all kinds of noises that can interrupt an otherwise productive reading or writing session. Your goal is to minimize these things, so pick a room in your house that's private and far from the street. An attic loft or a room at the rear of the house is a good choice. And if you want to go the extra mile, you can always soundproof the room with professional grade wall insulation or some heavy curtains.