Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C is for COFFEE SHOPS


During April, I’m blogging daily as a participant of the 
Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge (with time off on Sundays).
 Stay a minute. Read. Tell me what you think. Thanks for stopping by.



     Do you write well in a coffee shop atmosphere, with the background music, chatter, and others on their laptops tapping away? Last week, Lee Wind of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Official Blog posted a link to a cool site called Coffitivity where you can get the sounds of a coffee shop as background noise while you work. 


     Myself, I turn on Sirius's The Coffee House channel for background music which works well for me. But Coffitivity is a great alternative. I love the clinking silverware and the laughter. 

     Are you a productive writer in public places?

18 comments:

  1. Never heard of coffee house sound effects! I like silence, but the one time I wrote in a coffee shop, I liked it.

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    1. I hadn't either unit I followed that link! The sound without all the other sensory details is not quite the same...

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  2. I have to lock myself away. Other people annoy me with their teaspoons and shaking sugar sachets. Good for eavesdropping on conversations though.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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    1. Silence is my preferred atmosphere, too. I have to be able to hear myself think.

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  3. Never tried it in a coffee shop - I would be too afraid of spilling drinks on the laptop and losing everything.

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    1. It's definitely interesting. Sometimes I go somewhere else to write when I'm in a rut. It helps break the monotony.

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  4. I end up too involved in making up stories about the people around me. But I keep trying.

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    1. At least you know how to get unblocked if you ever hit a dry spell! Thanks for stopping by, Regina!

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  5. I write the best at coffee shops. I don't even notice other people around me. One time I was writing, with my headphones in, and one of my best friends walked in. She sat down at my table and I didn't notice her for a good 15 minutes!

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    1. LOL - that's what I call getting in the Zone! I wish coffee shops worked for me that well.

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  6. mmm have thought sometimes about taking Ipad and drinking delicious coffee made by the coffee shop. I often see people lost in themselves with their computers at cafes, looking perfectly contented connecting with their muse.
    I like quiet, sometimes Willie Nelson on in the background.

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    1. Yes, I like the quiet, too. I've tried to use background music at home but it doesn't work for me.

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  7. I've never tried it, but I'm so easily distracted that I'm afraid I wouldn't get a lot accomplished!
    Laura @ The Sweet Simple Things

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    1. Same here, Laura! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the Challenge!

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  8. I love your book graphics!

    I have hardly ever written in a coffeeshop. My laptop battery doesn't last much longer than an hour these days, and lugging that stuff around is kind of an inconvenience. But I have done it and it makes me feel all writerly when I do.

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    1. It is a nice atmosphere, a change of pace. One thing I've always wanted to do in a coffee shop is ask everyone with a laptop what they're working on. But that would probably be a little too intrusive, don't you think?

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  9. I love to write in a coffee shop! I just met my CP at our fav coffee shop this morning where we went over some storyline and edits. I love the smell and atmosphere. (And the funny thing...I don't even drink coffee)

    Happy A-Z :) <3

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  10. I've actually never tried it. I like to watch people and their reactions and movements too much. But perhaps I shall give it a try one day. I'm glad I stopped by. It gives me something to think about.

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