Linda Poitevin is on my blog today with a guest blog and there is also a chance to win her new book Sins of the Angels.
Six reasons I write in a coffee shop
Believe it or not, my favorite place to write is my local coffee shop. While I can do many things from my home office (currently a corner of my dining room), getting deep into the creative mindset I need for the world-building behind The Grigori Legacy series isn’t one of them. You’d think that a public place would provide too many distractions, but in truth, it’s just the opposite. Here’s why:
1. There is no Internet connection and hence, no avoidance of work through Twitter, Facebook or (ahem) “research.”
2. I can’t see the piles of laundry, crumbs on the counter, dust-puppies running across the floor, overgrown garden, stack of bills to be paid, or any of the many, many other excuses for avoiding work (and trust me, when I hit a snag in writing, just about any excuse to wander away from my computer will do!).
3. No one there wants to know what’s for dinner, if I’ve seen his/her [insert misplaced item here], when I’m going to get groceries, or if I can drive him/her to the bus stop. In fact, if I have my iPod and my earbuds, no one speaks to me at all. This kind of anonymity when you’re a mother is a special bliss. J
4. There are no cats trying to climb onto my shoulder, sit on my keyboard, nuzzle my chin, or chew on the pencil with which I’m writing. Nor am I left dusting off my lap, computer, and desk after such a visit.
5. There are no dogs pacing the floor with squeaky toys (ee-eee, ee-eee, ee-eee), trying to talk me into a walk, chasing the above-mentioned cats, or hopefully dropping balls onto my desk (he’s a very tall dog).
6. I’m less inclined to snack. At the coffee shop, I can’t just wander over to the fridge or cupboard whenever I like, and having to pay for every bite makes me a lot more discerning about how many bites I really need. Plus, fewer trips away from the computer makes for more words on the computer.
How about you? Are you able to work from home on whatever it is you do, or are you as easily distractible as I am? Any secrets you can share to lessen those distractions?
Thank you Linda 🙂
Open to US &Canada and International winners
2 copies of Sins of the Angels
If you are located in the US or Canada you can choose between a print or a e-copy.
If you are International then you can either win a e-copy from netgalley, or tell me if you want to put your name down for a print copy. Linda will be picking 3 international winners to win print copies at the end of her blog tour.
1. Ends Nov 3rd
2. Just go ahead and enter 🙂
You can also answer Linda’s question of course
The rest of the Blog Tour:
Tuesday, October 25 Supernatural Snark
Wednesday, October 26 Fiction Vixen
Thursday, October 27 Yummy Men & Kick-Ass
Friday, October 28 Vampire Book Club
Monday, October 31 The Book Pushers
Wednesday, November 2 Brooke Reviews
Thursday, November 3 Magical Urban Fantasy
Monday, November 7 I Smell Sheep
Tuesday, November 8 Rabid Reads
Wednesday, November 9 Bitten Books
Thursday, November 10 A Tale of Many Reviews
Friday, November 11 Canadian Remembrance Day
(no tour stop)
Saturday, November 12 Book Chick City