Because coffee really deserves it’s own post.
The delicious dark drink does seem a little more magical than most. Most sources will tell you that the average cup of coffee has 100 mgs of caffeine. What they won’t tell you is that it also has 500 mgs of motivation and 200 mgs of bravery – a little something that makes the blank page look a little less scary.
I can’t (read: won’t) write without a cup of coffee anymore, and I’m fine with that. Since I started getting into the habit of grabbing a cup before I sit down with my computer I’ve actually doubled or tripled the amount of writing I do over the course of a week. I’m more consistent, too. Going to find a nice place to write isn’t nearly as appealing as the soothing routine of walking to the coffee shop, getting a fresh coffee, and sitting in front of my computer as it cools. Eventually, after the temperature has gone from scalding to warm, and I take the first sip, I’m ready to start working.
It’s the routine, more than the caffeine, that gets me ready to work. There’s a little switch in my brain that constantly checks for coffee. Am I holding a cup of coffee? Yes. Well okay then, I guess it’s time for me to start turning on all the working portions of my brain and getting them ready to go. Sometimes all I need to do is lean forward and smell the coffee and I’m ready to write. Sometimes I look up and an hour has passed, my coffee is cold, and my writing is already finished.
What gets you in the mood to write? Do you have a routine that helps you get into the zone?