I like to take myself out on writing dates, an idea I adopted from Julia Cameron (The Writer’s Way). Writing in different locales feeds my muse. I’ve written inside palaces in Florence, on a boat in Venice, in coffee houses in Amsterdam, and in Grand Central Station in New York City. I’ve written on beaches and in forests around the Pacific Northwest where I live. Mostly I write in local coffee shops. I thought I’d journal some of my writing dates.
The Buzz Coffee House is the fulfillment of a dream Scott and Kara have had for a number of years, a place where people feel welcome, where community is built, where customer service is key, and where we can serve the best darn coffee in Nanaimo! (The Buzz website)
… is to describe my surroundings, and then work on my next book.
The Buzz has a laid-back, artsy feel to it, superb coffee and tasty treats.
It’s 9:30 in the morning and the coffee house is humming. It’s a tall space (guessing forty feet) with lots of windows on the main floor and a loft to the right. The walls are painted a mustard color which fades into the background of wooden tables, plants and people. My feet are on a comfy carpet, but most of the floor is lino.
I’m sitting at a long table recently vacated by a group of men working for the telephone company. Another computer guy joined me within seconds. He’s wearing ear phones, so I don’t feel the need to talk.
The natural light from the window bathes my space with the morning sun. After yesterday’s torrential rain it is a welcomed respite. Above me hangs a pendant lamp. And on the wall above my window two paintings hang and then up, way up there’s another window.
If I was to look for one word to describe this setting this morning it would be: light.
Two of the small tables near of us have women chatting. The one behind us, partially hidden by a large plant, a middle aged couple talks in hushed tones. Is the plant between us real? Not sure.
“Do you have a lifestyle journal?” A woman’s voice carries above the crowd.
Music plays in the background. Not too loud, not too anything, it fills the space. A man at the next long table works at a crossword puzzle, but most of the solos have computers.
Yup, this is a good writing space. I’ve visited before for coffee, but today is the first time I brought my laptop. It feels good.
For Inspiration – a writing quote from Ray Bradbury
“Hot today, cool tomorrow. This afternoon, burn down the house. Tomorrow, pour cold critical water on the simmering coals. Time enough to think and cut and rewrite tomorrow. But today – explode – fly apart – disintegrate! The other six or seven drafts are going to be pure torture. So why not enjoy the first draft, in the hope that your joy will seek and find others in the world who, reading your story, will catch fire, too?”
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
Quotes like this bring me to my knees. He nails it. I’ve finished weeks of editing and am thrusting to break lose and fly into a new story. Soon . . . soon.