As you've probably gathered, the writing's been intense lately. Some days I hate Project Demo. Some days I feel better, think it might work, might even be good. Some days I feel all of the above.
But I've missed being here. So in between the agony of finishing Project Demo, I figured I'd start up discussion again, and share what I've been up to lately (besides, you know, the writing).
So let me tell you about my newest discovery: a lovely, neighborhood café.
I've never been a café writer before. I'm a homebody. I get easily distracted, prefer absolute silence.
But lately even my quiet home has been distracting. I've become obsessive about laundry. I've even started to enjoy vacuuming. One day I found myself rearranging my bookshelf. And that's with the internet turned off! I realized I needed to get out of the house.
I ended up at a café down the street from me. Close, with delicious drinks, no internet access, and independently run. How could I have never been there before? Even better, the owner is friendly, chatty, and has started quizzing me about my daily writing goals (accountability!).
It's worked a charm for the writing. No mess to look at, no responsibilities except writing, and I look like an idiot if I stare off into space too long. The café's big enough that if I sit in the back, I can usually tune out conversations. Plus, sometimes the people watching is a nice break. I don't get much interaction in my daily life.
The only thing that's been difficult is the music. Easy listening. Bette Midler, Backstreet Boys, James Blunt. I'm not a music snob, I mostly enjoy it. And it's kind of sweet on a quiet morning when the owner sings along. But hearing every lyric, familiar and clear, makes writing new words hard.
So I try to snag my favorite table whenever possible. It's large, in the back, away from the chilly fans and the speakers.
I don't know how long this café culture will last. I don't know if I'll be able to draft a new novel there. But for the moment, it's working well.
Where do you write? What works best for you?