Thursday, October 4, 2012

Coffee and Writing

That's right, you know what I'm talking about: the stuff of life. Those rich, dark, enticing brews we all know and love called: coffee. The perfect friend for writers when they're struck by the muse and need to keep their peepers open or for the mom who just needs a helping hand to get moving in the morning.

Happy Thursday, good people of the blogosphere! Today, I'm chatting about something I imbibe great amounts of on a daily basis. Join me!

I've been drinking coffee for more years than I know. It's always been a part of my life; kinna like breathing.

Things I've learned about coffee through the years:
  • Some like it hot
  • Some like it cold
  • Some like it strong
  • Some like it weak
  • Some like it sweet
  • Some like it bitter
  • Some prefer cappuccino
  • Everyone has a preference
Beyond how people like their coffee prepared, most of them are brand-loyal. There are many brands out there to choose from. My favorite is Community, but I know some who like Folgers, Doughnut House or StarBucks; to name just a few. I've been lucky enough to find a partner who loves coffee as much as I do. May you all be as blessed!

How does this pertain to writing besides keeping you awake so you can? Oftentimes, I find my characters having a chat about things while sitting around. I introduce coffee. Coffee mugs give them something to do with their hands. It can be spilled, thrown, or make someone ill. Making coffee gives a reason for a character to leave the conversation for a moment to think, reflect, or calm down. Java can give them the jitters or enhance tension in the room. It can also provide fuel for keeping them up all night having a chat.

I've had many many conversations over a cup of coffee; some were life-changing. I write what I know.

Markaza, Bronya, Lily, and some of the other ladies from my Mystic series are always drinking coffee. Why? Because it's in their character bios. How you take your coffee can say a lot about you. Keep this in mind when creating your characters.

I leave you all with a question: How do you like your coffee?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

2 comments:

  1. Ha! One of my favorite subjects! I like strong coffee, with Sweet & Low and Fat Free Half and Half... I tried Stevia, and it tasted funny. Guess I'm too used to the chemical version! I get my K-Cups online and save a bundle. I think we are getting Green Mountain Dark Magic. It says it is 'extra bold' in French, so it must be good! :-) Will think of you when I have my next cup in about 5 minutes! Hugz!

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    1. I like mine with 2t white sugar and a lil milk to cool it off. We call it coffee milk in Louisiana but other people call it a cafe latte :) haha! Thanks for the comment, Sandi! Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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