I just want to open with the options for writing, calc ect and do not want previous files I have been working on to be displayed
See also: Tagged start-screen + recent-documents.
If you use Windows:
Programs > LIbre Office and click on Writer, Calc, etc
additionally you can place short cuts for Writer, Calc, etc at places of your preference (e.g. desktop)
It should be very similar.
In Mac OS:
I could not find such a possibility.