Best of Wordstrumpet: Writing in Coffeeshops

I used to love to write in coffeeshops. Now, not so much.

But lately I’ve been thinking I need to get back in the habit of going to Starbucks or an equivalent to write.

We’ve got the most fabulous coffeeshop/cafe right down the street called the Daily, and I always see people in there working on their computers.

The thing is, I’ve been spending way too much time at my desk, writing, and I feel like it might be good for me to get out more. But I’ve been thinking this for a month and haven’t done it. One reason is that my computer is going through this odd stage where it doesn’t like to open files after its been turned off. Sometimes this happens even after its just been asleep.

I prefer to think this is a temporary hissy fit on the part of my computer and will be fixed, all on its own, soon.
Meanwhile, I remain chained to my desk.

Remember Natalie Goldberg’s book,Writing Down the Bones? In it, she was forever nipping off to some charming coffeshop in Taos (one of the best places in the world) to write with friends. Ah, how romantic it sounded. That was back in the day before we were all wedded to our computers.

However, today I have Things To Do That Do Not Require a Computer. And so I am off to Starbucks with file folders and writing pads in hand.

It helps that I have a fierce craving for a frappucino.

Update: My computer is working great these days, thanks to the wonderful people at Friendly Computers, and I still spend far too much time chained to my desk and not out in the world. But the good news is that Starbucks smells like coffee again.

0 thoughts on “Best of Wordstrumpet: Writing in Coffeeshops”

  1. I’ve never ever tried writing in a coffee shop. I think it’s because I live in DC and there are 5 major colleges in the city, so every available coffee shop is always crammed with students on laptops. Perhaps I’ll give it a shot during the summer when school is out…

  2. I am a writer and have not done the coffee shop thing since college. It might be a good idea, though. I am pretty social, and more and more it is difficult to just sit at my computer. Actually I am behind on blogging as well. I do belong to a local writers group — Central Oregon Writer’s Guild, and that is a big help. Possibly you could find something like that.

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