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Where do you write?
3/14/2008 8:37:18 AM

Does the environment and the tools make a difference?
I've tried it just about everywhere.

At home, at work, in the park, in a coffee shop and guess what ... the busier the place is, the better I function.
Peace and quiet is the death of my creativity, but put me in a busy restaurant or coffee shop and the words effortlessly flow onto the paper.

I do say paper, because writing with a computer I absolutely cannot manage.
There's something about thinking and typing at the same time that is just too much for my brain.
So I reach for pen and paper and then I don't have to think at all. Writing just happens.

Letters and emails I do write on a computer, because those are based on facts.
However, where fiction is concerned all inspiration goes out the window when faced when a computer.
The monitor and I just stare at each other, while my fingers remain motionless on the keyboard.

Mind you, when I reach for pen and paper, not any pen and paper will do.
My inspiration likes a little luxury.

A pad is an absolute no no, so is white paper, so are narrow spaced lines, and the texture of the paper makes a difference too.
Ideally I need a proper book; with colored paper (yellow, pink, blue, whatever); widely spaced and silky smooth.

One of my friends was in for a bit of a surprise the first time she accompanied me into a stationery store.
When I announced that I needed some writing materials, she assumed that this would be a five minute pit stop.
I knew better. When I get into a stationery shop, I rarely manage to get out in under half an hour.

Book after book is picked up and examined for color, line spacing and softness.
I noticed her frowning when I opened a book and let my fingers, in a wavy motion, glide vertically over the page.
"What are you doing?" she asked.
"Testing the softness of the paper," I replied.
"Does that made a difference?" she wondered.
"It does to me."

Once I had selected a couple of books we moved on to the pens section.
This was no quick visit either.
My preferred pen is a lilac, soft tip ballpoint, medium thickness.
Believe me, it's not easy to find a lilac ballpoint pen with medium thickness.

With these tools I go to my favorite table in my favorite coffee shop.
Every day the place buzzes with activity.
Students, office workers on lunchtime and tourists fight for a table.
Just looking at them is inspirational.

Unfortunately writing in a coffee shop has one big disadvantage ... the temptations. Different coffee aromas mingle with the smell of fresh bread, warm cheese and fried bacon. Behind glass the cakes are kept, three inches thick, loaded with whipped cream and fruit.

Every now and then I indulge, but my waistline and wallet won't allow this more than twice a week.
When the sight and smell of those delicious dishes gets too much for me, I decide to move on. Vow to continue writing at home. After all, starting something is difficult, but once a story gets going it runs like a train.

Well, if that really is the case, then my apartment is the end station.

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