One of my most pleasurable pastimes as a writer is the joy of the coffee shop. There's so much writing material available right in front of you. For example:
- the overheard salacious conversations between friends,
- the one-sided angry mobile phone calls,
- the teenagers hanging out after college discussing their love lives
- and the lone gent who arrives at the same time every day to do the crossword.
The coffee shop gives you a snapshot of the world around you and in particular people undertaking common activities. It provides excellent fodder for new characters. It enables you to listen and write dialogue more realistically. It acts as an observation deck from which you can view the routines of those around you and it can help you create character flaws and details that your own imagination might not have come up with.
All these people and their everyday tales can also provide an excellent starting point for a story - see that well dressed man over there - say what if that's not his wife and he's having an affair. Or what if that young girl was here today to meet her father for the very first time, Or what if the nervous looking woman who blinks too quickly has just heard some life-changing news. If you want to kick start a story, there's certainly plenty of material in the coffee shop. And of course you also get to drink coffee too. Let's not forget the added benefit of caffeine!
Once you've had your fix and picked up all the writing gems you require for the day, you can head home and get scribbling. And don't worry if you miss the coffee shop buzz, you can simply load an App to your computer and you're back in the zone. I particularly like Coffitivity. Try it out to see what you think.
Enjoy your writing and be thankful for the humble coffee shop - it's a writer's paradise!