December 19, 2008, Newsletter Issue #5: In the Write Place?

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Many writers have a special place where they do their writing and I'm with the majority.  However, when I read about super-star author, JK Rowling who wrote in a coffee shop, I decided I had to try getting out of my comfy writer's den and give it a shot.   Granted when JKR was writing the early Harry Potter books, it sounds like she really didn't have much of choice as to where she would write.

So, I went down to my local Starbucks on Saturday afternoon, found a seat in the window and turned on my laptop.  I tried to notice without staring whether anyone was paying attention to the fact that I had commandeered this spot and was setting up shop-no one cared; that was a relief. 

The Internet connection went without a hitch and I was up and running in moments.  At first, I felt conspicuous typing as the click, click of my nails touched the keyboard, but as the hum of the coffee slingers began to build; the white noise of their coming and going occupied my conscious mind, my subconscious creative side came to the foreground. It was amazing!  I quickly slipped into bliss and oblivion, not minding and actually losing sight of where I was sitting.  I worked on my memoir for over two hours without getting up, stopping for a pee break or any other reason that usually takes me away as a distraction.

So, I came to the conclusion that perhaps, my write place is not only my writer’s den surrounded by my most loved books, listening to my music, or being alone in my beloved home, but can also be a place outside my familiar surroundings that may offer a muse in the form of a different place.


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