The Empress & her Spectacle: Cafe Writing
If my allergies took over the world, whats left?
Happy Sunday, I hope that Black history month is starting out amazing and that the folks at home are continuing to fight injustice, poverty, racism, and sexism... a good start would be this weeks episode from Ambiguous Anthology. Otherwise, I hope you're ready to sit back and relax with me, while I talk about something inspiring for those working on their art and feeling stifled or uninspired.
In case, there are a few who didn't know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and during this time writers from all over gather in places to bust out the 50K word novel or continue working on their own personal projects. 2017 was my first year actively participating in the challenge. If you're interested in writing seriously NaNoWriMo is a great challenge during those winter blues. One great aspect of this global challenge is that there is often "write-ins" local to your area where people gather to sit and just write. Whoever came up with this idea is brilliant. The atmosphere creates a tense hyperfocus and encourages writing. I like it.
Since November, my friend who i refer to fondly as Afrocutie and i agreed once a week we find some cute cafe and just write for a couple of hours. Honestly, it has been a writing career lifesaver. Sometimes the environment you reside in doesn't give you everything you need to focus. As a bedroom writer, I've found that i work so much slower typing in bed. Possibly I'm a little too comfortable with my plush hello kitty toys and charming fox pillow. So stepping out of my bedroom and writing produces the most work for me. I've spoken with some people who like to have music and write, others with food, but a common thing for writers is not being able to write in bed. When you think about it, writing in bed is best left for intimate diary entries or leaving comments on BuzzFeed articles.
Once away from the comfort of my room, I can explore other random inspirations. Sure, gazing listlessly out my window and wondering when people in my neighboorhood will pick up after their dogs is entertaining for the hours i spend doing that. Actually, it's not, the mundane and cycle of it are dreadfully boring. While writing at a cafe or even outside, there is no shortage of entertainment and mystery. You never know why the man six tables down is staring or what secret meetings are happening not too far away from you. It is the potential scandal and lives you don't know anything about that can inspire you either to write something raunchy or possibly stir up a long period of focus. Either way, it's a motivation to explore your cafe imagination or tune out the cafe scandals.
I hope, at some point, i can afford to buy a desk because maybe then my writing will flourish in the comfort of my loud house. Until then, cafe writing is the way i work. Its the mood, the zest and scents of a cafe that allows me the chance to write fiercely. Who knows, maybe one day I'll see a cafe scandal at Panera and write about it. For now, the people and my favourite soba noodle broth bowl inspire the creative fuel within me and remind me that taking a step away from home helps with my creative pursuits. I look forward to next November and hope by then that novel will be done, and ready to be sent out.
Till next time my fellow creative peers, Jade
Soba Noodle Broth Bowl