Day 20 – “T” Tea and Coffeehouses
It is vitally important to have our own “space” at home, a place where we can wake up in the morning, pour ourselves a steaming cup of coffee or tea, and hit the ground running. A place to inspire and motivate, a space that allows us the opportunity to tune into our creative side, writing away long into the night. Whether that be a desk tucked against a wall of a studio apartment, a writing nook in a home office, or an cozy corner in a guest room, writing spaces are essential to ensure that we always have somewhere to go.
We all hit shlumps. We all have periods in which no matter how hard we try, we feel as if everything we write is shit. As important as it is to have a home space, at times like this, it is equally as important to know when you need a fresh setting, a new place to break away from your desk and set up shop in a location that offers some fresh inspiration. Where to go? For me, there are a number of quaint tea and coffee shops throughout my town, each offering their own unique ambiance and feel. It is nice to have a few to pick from, depending on my mood that day and the piece that I’m working on.
Granted, there is nothing quite like packing up my little netbook (great for travel as my laptop is an ancient giant), my notebooks, and a variety of books and heading out to one of my favorite spots outside to write. I have a few locations by the river and some little hideaways in local parks that are just perfect. However, I live in Oregon. Oregon = Rain. So, I need a backup on many days that will not result in all of my work getting soggy and ruined. Coffee shops to the rescue!! I do love our local library, but they are stingy about having drinks in their establishment. There is just something about having a comforting cup of tea or coffee at hand when I write; it just sets the mood in some way.
Where do you go when you need to break away from your home writing space for a fresh setting? Do you have a favorite “go-to” place or do you bounce around from spot to spot? Do you prefer tea or coffee shops, restaurants, bars, or libraries?
All of this begs the question, are you a tea or coffee person? 😉