20 Great American Cities for Writers — That Aren’t New York

New York — specifically Brooklyn, in the past decade or so — is lousy with writers. It feels like a hundred people get off the bus at Port Authority every day, pen and Moleskine in hand, look up at the New York Times Building across the street, and say, “I’ll make it into your Book Review — someday!”

But as Michelle Dean pointed out yesterday, places like Brooklyn and San Francisco are becoming too overcrowded with writers and other creative types, to the point where, not only are there too many people trying to do the same thing in the same place, but it’s becoming impossible for the newer, less successful among them to pay the skyrocketing rent.

Since the world shouldn’t and doesn’t revolve around those two places, Flavorwire has compiled a list of 20 cities that — while not home to many big publishing houses or national media outlets — might be a better fit for some writers. We’re not saying that everybody should pick up and move to these places; we’re simply saying they’re probably better places to work and live as a writer. Each features more than one of the factors that help kick-start a writer’s creative process: other writers; inspiring scenery; quiet places to work; good bookstores; local universities and libraries; and, of course, places to drink.