Writers and Coffee Shops

August 30th, 2016

coffee“What makes creative people tingle are interesting problems, the chance to impress their friends, and caffeine.” Alex Steffen.*

If you are a writer, chances are you spend a good deal of time in coffee shops of one sort or another. I sometimes joke that I’m paying the rent on my office when I charge up a card for a coffee shop. If you’re like me, you have several favorite cafes and even favorite tables within each of them. Besides the coffee itself, you may like the layout, the degree of background noise, or the type of music played. Maybe you like to observe the other patrons and even stealthily listen to their conversations. If you are a writer, it’s all research, right?

Personally, I like a cozy atmosphere, especially on cold or dreary days. I like some background music, but it should truly stay in the background. Some conversation at neighboring tables is fine, but if it gets too loud or too obnoxious, my writing productivity can take a hit. You undoubtedly have your own criteria for an ideal writing environment.

I do frequent the major chains from time to time, but I prefer the owner-operated coffee shops. The coffee is usually just as good or better and the atmosphere is frequently cozier. So – for the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring coffee shops that I frequent and give you an overview of each.

If you have a favorite writing haunt that provides caffeine, leave a comment. If you’d like to do a guest post featuring the cafe – let me know.


*Source: Brainy Quote.

2 Responses to “Writers and Coffee Shops”

  1. Linda Thorne

    I would have a number of them if I didn’t work full-time. I think getting away to write is good and finding a cozy coffee place or even a Dairy Queen would work well.

  2. admin

    Thanks for your input, Linda. Happy writing!

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