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?


22 comments on “Coffee”

  1. I’m always in the mood to write. I could do it all day, if I had the time. I prefer to have a cup or two, several hours in, but what helps me to get started is music. Music helps me to tune out bothersome daytime noises so that I can hear my inner (writer’s) voice. I also find that music helps me to achieve the mood needed for a particular scene, whether it is peaceful or violent.

  2. Thanks for the comments!

    R Richardsson: I have to say I’m a little jealous (also of the fact that you can write for several hours straight). And I completely agree with you on music – I usually listen to movie scores.

  3. Hi, David.
    Thanks for stopping in to say on my website. Yours looks great!
    What gets me in the “zone” to write is life. There is always something to write about and if you have a thinking mind you will be able to write about anything, anywhere! Life is so full of so many interesting things and writing is just one art form to expound on those things. I do it to get people to feel their emotions and that to me is worth writing alone.

  4. Beautifully written again. I had to give up coffee, a drink that nudged my narcolepsy nearer to wakefulness even than real, read prescription drug, stimulants, because it was causing migraines. Alas and alack…Now I find myself starting the day with — hmm, what? A cup of warm water or a fruity popsicle of the gourmet kind. I dunno why, but it works, somehow. I think writing is all in one’s letting oneself BE a writer despite the obstacles. I used to need, need, need that cigarette and coffee routine or a poem wouldn’t come. Now? Well, maybe I would get them easier, I dunno. But it still seems to me that the key is simply to summon the energy and strength to sit down and be present, and the poems appear. Thanks for a lovely well-written and charming blog once again. Pam Wagner

  5. I think it is the ritual and the coffee all the way. Plus, they say (the mysterious they) the sounds of a coffee shop help us to be more creative. Interesting, huh?

  6. I either need tea or coffee. If I go out to write, I will always have a latte. But if I am home, I need a cup of tea. But I am the same way, it doesn’t even matter if I drink the beverage, it is the purpose of being there. To me, the simplicity of holding my hot, steaming mug filled with tea between my hands is one of my biggest motivators and starts the creative juices.

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