Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Writing Caves or Coffee Shops - Writer Groove

Happy Tuesday, good people of the blogosphere! Today, I'm gonna chat about the different ways writers get their novel creating groove on. Similar to NaNoWriMo, but when every day should be about words. So, grab those pens and notebooks and let's get going!

What's a writing cave?

Well, a writing cave is your zen space. Think of it as the place you go when you need to bang words out on the keys of your laptop, bringing yourself to a place of complete relaxation and creativity. When you enter your writing cave, it should feel like it's begging you to create.

Many writers have a bookshelf in their writing cave. What's on those tall, dark, handsome slabs of wood varies depending on what tasks the wordsmith takes on when in the room. For example: Mine is a short table with design how-to and editing books stacked on it. My issue of the CMoS is right on top, staring at me. It inspires me to do more and be more, and it's a handy reference shelf I access often.

Some writers have novels lining their shelves. Others have mementos, photographs, or other items to spark their creativity. It depends on the mood you're trying to set.

What else should be in your writing cave?
  • A visible schedule
  • Nail clippers (yeah, ever tried to write with a hangnail?)
  • Notebooks (for those ideas you get)
  • Pens 
You might also want to have a printer for those scenes you need to work out. Trust me, stepping out of the writing cave with scene in hand can make a huge difference.

I know one writer who prints images of her characters and a snatch of their bios, then hangs them on the wall where she can see them as she writes. When I asked why, her answer was: Because they speak better when I'm looking them in the face.

If you write romance, light a candle or two. Paranormal? Try some posters of otherworldly things.

Or, maybe you prefer to write at a coffee shop. Does the hustle and bustle, or conversations of other people, get your spark moving? Here are a few things to watch out for when choosing to write in public:
  • Fluffy chairs (they tend to make typing difficult and staying awake even more of a challenge)
  • High-traffic areas (you don't want to get bumped a lot)
  • Wi-fi (if you don't need it, turn it off so you aren't distracted by social media or e-mails)
  • Bad coffee (yeah...)
  • Chatty people
Regardless of where you choose to write, make it your zen space.

Whatever you do, be sure the mood is right for you and your process.  It's your book, and you need to make sure your surroundings are conducive to the creative side of your brain.

Where do you write?

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



  1. Love this post! I had done a similar post a while back about my writing space must haves. The only additions I had was Diet Coke and gum haha. Have a great week =)

    1. Thanks, Heather :) I love my writing cave. LOL

  2. great post! My writing spot is always changing to keep up with my ever changing moods. I must always have coffee and music!

    1. Coffee! OMG yes! I can't write with music, but some people really kick it out with the tunes cranked up. :) Thanks for the comment, Christina!


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