It’s been a busy week. Lots of family obligations, house and yard work and doctor appointments kept me in contained chaos mode, but I did manage to take a bit of time for relaxation and focused writing.
Write Anywhere #5: Coffee House
Writing at your local coffee house may be a no-brainer for some of us. Others have to work up the nerve to go to a public place alone. Fighting the inertia of staying at home in your pajamas versus scrubbing up enough not to be mistaken for a dust bunny can keep you in your familiar surroundings. You have to come up with money for gas and coffee. You have to carry your laptop around. You might get a cramp or break a nail. Too much trouble.
Kidding aside, your local coffee house might just be the place to get your creative juices flowing. Plus, you can order one of these pretty little numbers:
Or, if the scorching temps have you running for cover, order one of these:
Explore different coffee houses in your area to find the one that fits your writing personality. Maybe you like lots of people and noise to feed off the energy, maybe you like it quiet and dark with soft background music. Mine has lots of wood in the décor and a display of local artists on the walls. Visit at different times of the day to get a feel for the atmosphere and claim your space. Here’s a couple of tips to enjoy your coffee house writing experience:
- Budget money for your coffee shop trips – it isn’t the public library, coffee houses have to make money, too
- Go local – I know you can count on the big guys for the perfect cuppa everytime, but supporting the local start-ups helps your community. Plus you may discover a hidden gem!
- Uncomfortable going alone? Recruit one or two friends, particularly of the writerly persuasion, to hang out with until you get the lay of land. Next time you come back by yourself you’ll be a ‘regular’.
- Establish a routine that cues your brain it’s writing time. A sip, a bite, then start writing. You can check your phone, your email, Twitter and Facebook at home. (Hey, no wonder you don’t have time to write!)
What if you can’t access a coffee house? Do you live in a rural area or can’t drag all the kids with you? Schedule a little ‘coffee house time’ at home. Buy a special coffee or drink you enjoy, close the door and turn on some jazz to drown out the kids. Sip your drink and meet with the muse for a few minutes. At least until one of the kids come barging in. Been there, done that.
Here are some links to help you get the most out of your coffee house writing:
Working Best At Coffee Shops from The Atlantic
Coffee House Writer demonstrates 8 Steps To Writing A First Sentence